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.

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Folding Campaign Table

Reproducing knock-down furniture from two centuries ago. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 46-50 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now When on campaign, during the l8th and l9th centuries, British military officers frequently traveled with portable furniture pieces. These durable and compact pieces were characterized by their simple design and various ingenious...


Craftsman Bookcase

If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing excessively. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 39-45 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now There are many bookcases in my house, but they’re a motley collection – poor cousins to the rest of the furniture. The really nice bookcases I’ve made have gone...


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...


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...


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...