August 2006 #156

Popular Woodworking August 2006 issueThis August 2006 issue of Popular Woodworking features a close look at tools from three different perspectives.

Master Cabinetmaker Frank Klausz gives you a look at his must-have hand tools and shows you how to build a chest to store and transport them.

Editor Christopher Schwarz takes 10 exotic infill handplanes for a test drive.

Senior Editor Robert Lang surveys woodworkers and finds inexpensive tools that can change the way you work with wood.

Our I Can Do That series continues with a handsome set of shelves, and Troy Sexton builds a Colonial style flip-top table.

Lonnie Bird shows you the easy way to make ogee bracket feet and our ribbon table looks impossible but is really simple to build.

All of this and our regular features: Casework Construction, Bob Flexner on Finishing, Bill Hylton with Power Tool Joinery and Judy Ditmer at the lathe.

Detailed article previews are below. Online extras can be found here.

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Country Settle Table

This convertible project serves as a nice breakfast table, a handy small chest and a surprisingly comfortable place to sit. By Troy Sexton Pages: 60-65 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now When furniture was more precious to its owners, it was common for a piece to have more than one...

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Test-driving Exotic Infill Handplanes

We spend three days with the world’s most expensive planes. Are they just jewelry? Or do they work better than your plane? By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 52-59 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now There are times when I wish I could find my first handplane. It was, by most standards,...

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Making Ogee Feet

Sinuous and beautiful, this period furniture detail is actually straightforward to make. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 49-51 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now The flowing curves of ogee bracket feet provide a sculptural look to desks, chests and other forms of fine casework. Although there are a number of variations...

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Your First Toolkit

No matter what your style of woodworking, you need a basic set of hand tools. Here’s where to begin. By Frank Klausz Pages: 36-40 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now When I came to America, I had a lovely wife, two suitcases and 50 bucks. Oh man, where do I...

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Arts & Mysteries: The Mystery of Try Squares

Here’s a clue: Only two faces need be 90°. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 32-35 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now Furniture makers in the 18th century used shop-made wooden try squares. Though subject to wear and seasonal movement, these squares produced some of the world’s finest woodwork. We’ve learned time...

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I Can Do That: Egg Crate Shelves

An easy interlocking joint begets great strength and style. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 30-31 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now The premise for our new “I Can Do That” column is that you don’t need a lot of tools or experience to make a good-looking, functional project. For these...