From the August 2011 issue #191 Buy this issue now Portable productivity with a nod to steampunk style. By Mag Ruffman The glorious thing about being self-sufficient is that you can usually figure out ways to create what you need. My latest need arose after a bad case of Burning Thighs Syndrome, a malady caused … Read more
Behind a distinctive double-arched door are unknowns and secrets.
By Glen D. Huey
Pages: 26 -33
While surfing the Internet for examples of spice boxes, I stumbled upon an antique box with a distinctive door. While I’m familiar with arched-door boxes, a double-arched door, at least to my knowledge, is something not often seen.
VIDEO: See how to size the drawer parts from the drawer fronts.
MODEL: Click here for the Google SketchUp Model of the Spice Box.
ARTICLE: Read about the best and worst qualities of premium dovetail saws.
BLOG: Develop your own ogee bracket feet design using Google SketchUp.
TO BUY: Discover advanced dovetail techniques with Charles Bender.
IN OUR STORE: Learn in-depth finishing techniques with “Finishes That Pop.” Read more
Stripper types. There are five categories of strippers. From left to right: high-percentage methylene chloride, low-percentage methylene chloride, strong solvent and no methylene chloride, refinisher (no methylene chloride and no wax), and NMP (n-methyl pyrrolidone). Repair, strip and refinish to restore old pieces. By Bob Flexner Pages: 58-60 From the August 2011 issue #191 Buy … Read more
From the August 2011 issue #191 Buy this issue now The August 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine is making its way to subscribers (it will be on bookstore racks in a few weeks). As a result, I’m beginning to get questions about the Spice Box drawer layout and construction, as well as the secret … Read more
An ingenious way to combine routers, a band saw and hand tools for big dovetails.
By Jameel Abraham
I know what you’re thinking: “Another opinion on how to cut dovetails.” I hear you. But this one’s different. I promise. No back and forth over pins or tails first. No Rob Cosman vs. Frank Klausz. Well, actually a little Klausz.
SLIDESHOW: See a slideshow of this process with additional steps.
ARTICLE: Read a review of the Benchcrafted vise hardware.
WEB SITE: Visit Jameel’s web site for ouds and workbenches.
TO BUY: “Dovetail Mastery” with Charles Bender.
IN OUR STORE: “The Workbench Design Book” by Christopher Schwarz. Read more
This light bulb-shaped lamp requires a little plywood (plus a little geometry) to make it look just brilliant.
By Christopher Schwarz
For me, one of the most perfect shapes ever designed is the general-purpose incandescent light bulb. While some people use the word “mushroom” to describe its profile, I’ve never seen a fungus with such sinuous and perfect curves.
VIDEO: See how to cut and sand the round discs – no jigs.
MODEL: Click here for the SketchUp model of the Light Bulb Lamp.
WEB SITE: See the RISD project that inspired this design.
BLOG: Read how hand-tool skills helped with these power-tool operations.
TO BUY: “Making Japanese-Style Lamps and Lanterns” by Edward R. Turner.
IN OUR STORE: “Boxes, Clocks, Lamps, and Small Projects.” Read more
Balance, concentration and the quest for the easy way to work.
By Robert W. Lang
You wouldn’t expect a Welsh chair bodger who’s teaching how to build a stick chair to mention a Chinese martial art in relation to using a jack plane. And you wouldn’t expect the student to get the connection, see the truth in it and relate that to most good techniques in woodworking.
VIDEO: Learn tai chi from online videos.
ARTICLE: Read on our editors’ blog about preventing pain in your feet.
WEB SITE: Visit the Mayo Clinic web site to learn about the benefits of tai chi.
TO BUY: “Exercises in Woodworking” shows you good form for working smart. Read more