August 2008 #170

Popular Woodworking August 2008 issueOur cover project in the August 2008 issue of Popular Woodworking is an adaptation of a classic Craftsman furniture bookcase, made from solid wood with distinctive joinery and a hidden drawer.

We feature a folding campaign table, built by Mario Rodriguez.

This month’s I Can Do That project is contemporary bookshelves.

Marc Adams continues his series of articles on A Better Way to Work with techniques for using the thickness planer.

Bob Flexner tackles the seven myths of polyurethane.

The first of a three-part series on the work of Greene & Greene, by David Mathias, showcases these masterworks in never-before published photos.

We also look at the fine points of Federal Furniture with Rob Millard, a modern master of the style.

Adam Cherubini continues work on a chair in Arts & Mysteries.

Rob Porcaro presents techniques for making multiple Through Mortise-and-Tenon Joints.

We also welcome Marc Spagnuolo (a.k.a. The Wood Whisperer) to our pages, as a regular columnist.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras for this issue are found in their respective articles.

[description]Articles from the August 2008 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine[/description][keywords]Popular Woodworking Magazine, Magazine Articles, Technique Articles, Project Articles, Tool Reviews, Finishing[/keywords]
Aug08_Page_23_Image_0001

Endurance Test: Wayne Anderson Smoother

A high-angle tool of last resort, this small plane can go anywhere and plane almost anything. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 36 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now Despite the amount of bronze, iron and beech in my tool cabinet, most woodworkers need only three bench planes: A fore plane to...

Aug08_Page_20_Image_0002

Tool Test: 24″ Omnijig Joinery System

Porter-Cable’s solution to jig-cut joinery does the job, but it requires an additional outlay of funds to become a fully functioning system. By Glen D. Huey Page: 30 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now When I opened the box the first object in sight was the manual. Is Porter-Cable making...

Aug08_Page_18_Image_0001

I Can Do That: Contemporary Bookshelves

Two tones of color and sharp, square edges give this piece modern flair. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 28-29 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now Inspired by a design in the February 2008 issue of the German magazine Selbst, this “I Can Do That” project commenced (as always) with a pilgrimage...

Aug08_Page_16_Image_0001

The Wood Whisperer: The Magic of Masking Tape

Find magic in the mundane using this humble problem solver. By Marc Spagnuolo Pages: 26-27 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now One of the most important lessons I’ve learned as a woodworker is to never underestimate the seemingly mundane. I have found great utility in common household materials: old Tupperware,...

Aug08_Page_12_Image_0001

Arts & Mysteries: 18th-century Chairmaking

Building a ‘Rush Bottum’d Chaire’ – part 2 By Adam Cherubini Pages: 22-25 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now In the last issue of Popular Woodworking, I began making my first chair. I turned the back legs, and I shaped and bent the slats to make a “ladder-back” type chair....

Aug08_Page_06_Image_0002

Out on a Limb: A Shout-out for The Wood Whisperer

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now Terminology can be a real turn-off. I hope you can remember how daunting it was when you first encountered the weird words of woodworking: rabbet, stuck moulding, resawing and haunched tenon – to name just a few. Once you...