August 2014 #212

Popular Woodworking Magazine August 14 Cover This month’s cover article from Robert W. Lang, executive editor, teaches you step by step in “Craftsman Wardrobe” how to build Gustav Stickley’s No. 624 wardrobe (the interior could easily be reconfigured for use as a media cabinet, hanging storage – whatever you need to stow); Christopher Schwarz shares his quick and easy fix for making a cheap coping saw perform like a champ, plus tips for successful sawing, in “Improve a Coping Saw”; in “Mid-century Coffee Table,” Mario Rodriguez shows you his clever and simple technique for basket-weave veneer used atop a handsome piece that looks great in the modern home; Chuck Bender, senior editor, helps you move beyond the limits of your router (or shaper) bits and make mouldings of any size using the table saw, core-box bits and a couple of handplanes in “Massive Mouldings.”

You’ll learn from Derek Olson how to replicate André Roubo’s 18th-century veneer press in “Roubo’s Bench Vise” – and adapt it to suit your clamping needs; in “Painted Bucket Bench,” Catharine Kennedy teaches you how to make a simple bucket bench from home center pine, then how to apply faux graining with vinegar paint to make it look like a far more expensive piece; and, in “Danish Modern,” by Linda Rosengarten, you’ll meet Ejler Hjorth-Westh, a woodworker, boatbuilder and more from Denmark who now teaches woodworking at the College of the Redwoods.

In this month’s Tool Test, we review the SuperMax 19-38 Drum Sander, Abortech’s TurboPlane and Min-Turbo and Freud’s Diablo general purpose and crosscut finish 10″ saw blades; George Walker discusses how to modify a design in Design Matters; Bob Rozaieski show you how to build a traditional miter square in Arts & Mysteries; Bob Flexner shows you how to match color on wood with an existing object or a photo in Flexner on Finishing; and in End Grain, Ethan Sincox shares his essay on woodworking at the lunch table in “Take Your Home to Work.”

Plus Tricks of the Trade, reader letters and more.


Diablo General Purpose & Crosscut Finish Blades

by Chuck Bender page 16 In recent years, Freud’s Diablo brand has become synonymous with high quality, high tech, reasonably priced circular saw blades; these new blades should only enhance that reputation. The D1040X (general purpose) and D1090X (fine crosscut) blades feature unique grind angles on the teeth. Both are alternating-top-bevel blades, but they...



Modifying a design means more than simply scaling. by George Walker pages 18-19 How do you modify a design without making a hash of it? It’s a common question that dogs even the experienced woodworker. Any good cook knows that simply doubling ingredients is asking for trouble. Somehow those flavors that danced together in...


Don’t be Such a Square

Make a 45° miter square with help from dividers and a straightedge. by Bob Rozaieski pages 58-50 The very first lesson any woodworker learns is that precise work requires square corners. We ensure that stock is square before cutting any joinery. We check to make sure that casework is square during assembly. Almost everything...


Matching Colors

Use the method that allows you to keep trying until you get it right. by Bob Flexner pages 60, 62 One of the most challenging tasks in wood finishing is matching the color of an existing object, color swatch or photo in a magazine. Most people try to accomplish this with just a stain,...


Take Your Home to Work

A lunchtime woodworking break yields more than a nice saw handle. by Ethan Sincox page 64 Last summer, I took Matt Cianci’s “Build a Backsaw” weekend class through my local woodworking guild. There is never enough time in a weekend class to finish the project; this was no exception. I’d roughed out the tote,...

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An Easy Way to Draw Any Ellipse

On my most recent project I needed an elliptical arc. Although my arc conforms to the Golden Ratio (1:1.62), the method I use works for an ellipse of any proportion. Determine the overall size of the ellipse you need and cut a piece of pattern material large enough to encompass it. Next, draw vertical...