Bigger doesn’t always mean better. By Robert W. Lang Page 16 Small routers are easy to handle, and the addition of multiple bases makes them good all-purpose tools. The basic 1⁄4″-collet router that comes in the new Makita compact kit (RT0700CX3) has good power and variable speed. The motor slides in the base and clamps … Read more
Our cover story for the August 2012 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine is “Campaign Furniture” by Christopher Schwarz. In the piece he discusses the wartime origins of this furniture style, which was popular in the British Empire and America for more than 150 years, and builds his own campaign chest – includes furniture plans. In “4 Boxes, 4 Ways” our staff editors each design and build a box of their own, with different joinery techniques and aesthetics. Renowned period furniture maker Charles Bender offers three high-style variations on the carved foot in “A Trio of Trifids.” Robert Lang explores exposed joinery techniques building a “Stickley Book Rack,” a classic of Arts & Crafts furniture. In “Rule Joints: by Hand & by Power,” woodworking teacher and retired research scientist Willard Anderson reveals the subtleties of crafting a smooth-moving joint. Plus, period furniture maker Freddie Roman shows you how to plot “The Elusive Ellipse” in four minutes or less.
In this month’s Tool Test, we review the “Makita Compact Router Kit,” “Lie-Nielsen No. 101 Block Plane,” and the “iVac Pro Automated Dust-control System.”
In Arts & Mysteries, Adam Cherubini discusses “Mortising by Hand,” explaining the key to lasting joints is a good fit – or good pegs. With Matthew Teague’s Jig Journal, you’ll use a table saw to make quick work of reinforcing miter joints with a “Keyed Miter Jig.” This month’s I Can Do That column has Robert Lang building a sleek “Contemporary Coffee Table” by taking the easy way out – sizing with no measuring. Flexner on Finishing keeps you abreast of recent changes to wood finishes that may necessitate technique changes on the part of woodworkers. Finally in End Grain, woodworker Scot O’Shea reflects on how imperfect woodworking often delivers the best lessons in “A Teacher’s Seat.” And of course you’ll find Letters and Tricks of the Trade.
Below, you’ll find capsule descriptions of every article, with links to the many free Online Extras.