August 2013 #205

Popular Woodworking Magazine August 13 CoverIn “Voysey Mantel Clock,” the cover story for the August 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, executive editor Robert W. Lang makes a reproduction of C.F.A. Voysey’s beautiful painted clock from 1895. Despite being over a century old, the sleek design is still very much at home in the contemporary dwelling. Mary May teaches step-by-step the techniques used to “Carve a Classic Linenfold Panel.” Learn to scoop a chair seat using a table saw and a simple jig in “Take a U-turn to Scoop a Chair Seat” by Mario Rodriguez. In “William & Mary Spice Chest,” Zachary Dillinger builds a standout period piece with curved stretchers, turned legs and hidden drawers. Jameel Abraham uses a scrollsaw and a few simple steps to yield stunning inlay results in “Double-bevel Artistry.” Managing editor Glen D. Huey builds an exact reproduction of a Piedmont “Southern Gent’s Mirror Stand” that was discovered in a museum basement.

In this month’s tool test, we take a look at the Dadonator Jr. in “Infinity Shrinks the Dado Stack.” Plus “Amana Countersinks Conquer Burning & Marring,” “Clever Spyder Jigsaw Blades Make Super-tight Turns,” and “Vesper Tools Try Square: Perfect & Functional.”

In this month’s Design Matters, George R. Walker shows you how to “Train Your Eye” for small details and design decisions that make a difference. Megan Fitzpatrick gives you “The Hole Story” on boring and boring tools in Woodworking Essentials. In Arts & Mysteries, Adam Cherubini teaches you how to go from “Logs to Lumber.” Bob Flexner address the question “Revive of Restore?” when dealing with old, deteriorated finishes in Flexner on Finishing. Finally, David Mathias decides to “Conquer Finish Fears” in End Grain.

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Tool Test: Amana Countersinks Conquer Burning & Marring

By Steve Shanesy Page 14Amana Tool has four new countersinks with various-sized drill bits and non-marring depth stops.Each countersink has twin carbide-tipped flutes, and these are the only countersinks in the industry with this feature. Carbide-tipped flutes allow the bit to cut cleanly and last longer when working with hardwoods, plywoods and other engineered wood...

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Tool Test: Clever Spyder Jigsaw Blades Make Super-tight Turns

By Steve Shanesy Page 16Spyder, a Kansas City, Mo.-based company, has introduced a jigsaw blade with teeth on the front and back edges. At first glance, these blades look odd at best and gimmicky at worst. But after taking these blades for a test-drive, I began to understand the versatility offered by this innovation. Of...

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Tool Test: Vesper Tools Try Square: Perfect & Functional

By Christopher Schwarz Page 16Every shop needs a square that is the ultimate arbiter of squareness. It is the tool that determines if your jointer fence is 90° to the table, if the end of a board has been shot square or if a drawer’s joints are correct.While I love my combination square, it has...

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Design Matters: Train Your Eye

Good, better or best? Small details and design decisions make a difference.By George R. Walker Pages 18-20It’s every manufacturer’s dream to have “one size fit all.” Yet imagine a trip to the shoe store and upon arriving, you discover they offer only one size. We understand clearly that function is tied directly to size; a...

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Woodworking Essentials: The Hole Story

Discover a bit about clean, accurate boring.By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages 58-59There are many tools in modern woodworking you can use to bore holes: powered drills (both corded and cordless), drill presses, hand-powered eggbeater drills, braces and more.Drill presses are the powered method of choice when accuracy is important. Battery-operated drills are convenient and fast. Corded...

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Arts & Mysteries: Logs to Lumber

With sweat equity and a few simple tools, you can split strong, stable stock.By Adam Cherubini Pages 60-61Though sawn lumber was available to 17th- and 18th-century European woodworkers in Colonial America, many American craftsmen split wood to produce stock for furniture. Rive or split marks are typical of 17th-century furniture and not at all uncommon...

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Flexner on Finishing: Revive or Restore?

Discover how (and when) to give old, deteriorated finishes new life.By Bob Flexner Pages 62-63As finishes age, they deteriorate. First they dull, then they begin showing small cracks (called “crazing”). The culprit of this degradation is oxygen, which attacks the finish very slowly. Crazing is accelerated so much by ultraviolet light and heat, however, that...