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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Designing by Foot, Hand & Eye

Empirical, not Imperial, is the measure of the pre-industrial maker. By Jim Tolpin Page: 46From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue nowIn this article I’m going to show how I design a simple piece of furniture whilst immersed in the mindset of the pre-industrial, hand-tool artisan. Because I’m not going to use power...


Magobei’s Dining Table: Part 1

A table built for a ‘rags to riches’ patron becomes the perfect project for an accomplished protégé. By Toshio Odate Page: 40From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue nowAll these years, my assistant, Laure Olender, has not only been working with me doing woodwork, she also takes photographs (including those in this article),...


Miter Half-lap Joinery

With a router, straight bit and plywood scrap, turn a weak joint into a superhero of strength. By Glen D. Huey Page: 38From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue nowOne of the strongest joints in woodworking is a properly fit mortise-and-tenon and the opposite in strength is a simple butt joint. For years...


The Return of Roubo

An 18th-century French workbench is quite possibly the most perfect design ever put to paper. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 28From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue nowIn the 18th century it was common for the workrooms and living areas of a home to share the same space. A workbench, for example, would not...


I Can Do That: Step Stool

Whether stepping or sitting, this multi-purpose stool is sure to give your youngster a boost. By Glen D. Huey Page: 26From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue nowYou may not remember when you looked up at the sink, or when you climbed up to the potty – but if you’d had a few...


Design Matters: Sublime Echoes

Repetition of proportion and shape can create design harmony. By George R. Walker Page: 22From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue nowDepending on your canoe route, Little Crooked Lake is about two days of paddling and portaging from the nearest highway. It’s worth it. On a still morning, you can hear the smallest...