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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Tool Test: A New Way to Inlay

One word describes this tool, its cutters and the twist on the materials used: innovative. By the editors Page: 16From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue nowSeldom does a tool come along that changes how we look at a woodworking technique, but the Noden Inlay Razor does just that. The Inlay Razor, designed...

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On the Level: The Unclear Future of Table Saws

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 8 From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue now I have spent my life avoiding politics in all forms. In fact, when I was a kid, the most memorable political statement I heard was: “If voting could really change things, then it would be illegal.” I know that...