August 2010 #184

Popular Woodworking August 2010 issueThe cover project for the August 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking is a workbench in the 18th-century style. Andre Roubo first drew it in L’art de Menuisier. It endures as quite possibly the most perfect workbench ever designed. Our version, built by Editor Christopher Schwarz, was built using exclusively hand tools (except for one 6′ rip on the band saw).

Senior Editor Glen D. Huey shows you how to turn a puny half-lap joint into a strong, mitered half-lap joint in just minutes with a router, a straight bit and a piece of plywood.

In this first of two installments from Toshio Odate, discover how to marry Japanese design sensibilities with Western dining table traditions (legs that accommodate chairs) in Magobei’s Dining Table.

Jim Tolpin shows you how to make a footstool perfectly sized to your own body dimensions (your hands serve as the unit of measure) in Design by Foot, Hand & Eye.

Dress up the outside of your shop (or your house) with this easy-to-build old plane birdhouse (the only birdhouse Christopher Schwarz has ever made).

Bob Flexner shows you two methods for filling pores for an elegant look.

In Woodworking with Wee Ones, discover the secrets to getting kids into the workshop (all it takes is free range of imagination – and lies).

George Walker writes about sublime echoes in Design Matters.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras (downloads, etc.) for this issue can be found inside each article.

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Online Extras: August 2010 Issue

Online Extras for the August 2010 issue include a free SketchUp model of the Step Stool project, our free video tour of the Roubo Workbench, a free SketchUp model of the workbench project, our free video demonstrating how to make 4° wedges, a free 3D SketchUp Model of the birdhouse project, a SketchUp model...

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Tool Test: Affordable HVLP

Improve your game with a low-cost spray finishing system from Earlex. By Glen D. Huey Page: 16 From the October 2010 issue # 185 Buy this issue now Finishing is often the “make it, or break it” part of a project. To improve your finishing abilities, it’s time to stop relying on wipe-on and...

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End Grain: New Names for Old Tools

Just keep saying 'micron.' By Rob Porcaro Page: 64From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue nowWoodworkers who use hand tools to lay the quality touch on their work know what can be accomplished with these wonderful inventions. Along with skill, supplied of course by you, a good hand tool is an exquisite blend...

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Woodworking with Wee Ones

Kids’ imaginations are inversely proportional to their attention spans. By David Ross Puls Page: 58From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue nowWant to take up woodworking with your kids, but find it difficult to keep them in the shop? I share this desire and dilemma. I sheepishly admit that the diffi culties arise...

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Filling Pores for an Elegant Look

Two methods to create a mirror-flat surface. By Bob Flexner Page: 54From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue nowVery few woodworkers or refinishers fill the pores of wood anymore. The process is not well understood and it's perceived to be difficult. So if the wood has large open pores, the pitting is usually...

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Old Plane Birdhouse

Every woodworker should spruce up the yard (or the shop) with this simple birdhouse. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 52From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue nowI’ve never been a fan of birdhouses. Why welcome something to your yard that really wants to poo on your head?Yet, inspiration works in weird ways. While visiting...