December 2006 #159

Popular Woodworking December 2006 issueThis was a great year for new tools. The December 2006 issue of Popular Woodworking focuses on the best of the best with a list of our top 16.

Our cover project is a handsome and functional lingerie chest by our new Senior Editor Glen Huey.

Our Woodworking Essentials series looks at placing machinery for working smarter.

John Wilson shows us how to make an effective and inexpensive solar kiln.

We proudly present some old and new techniques for traditional joinery.

Detailed article previews are below.

Online Extras from this issue are found in the Magazine Extras page here.

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Out of the Woodwork: Name Brand Tools

Whether you know it or not, you often reach for eponyms in the woodshop. By Philip Leon Page: 104 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now Distinctive furniture styles such as Hepplewhite, Sheraton, Phyfe and Chippendale are named for their creators. The fancy word for a person whose name becomes synonymous...


Flexner on Finishing: Thick & Thin of Wood Finishing

A penetrating look at protection. By Bob Flexner Pages: 98-99 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now This article makes use of a clever title to combine two unrelated facts about wood finishing. The first is: The thicker the finish film after all coats have dried, the better the protection for...


At the Lathe: Serving up Turning on a Platter

This wide, shallow ‘bowl’ is an elegant project with interesting challenges. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 90-94 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now A platter is a great project for beginners and advanced turners alike. It can be as plain or as fancy as you want to make it. A beginner...


Great Woodshops: Recreating Greene & Greene

James Ipekjian has built a career on reproducing furniture designed by Charles and Henry Greene. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 80-84 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now James Ipekjian didn’t set out to become an expert on reproducing the early 20th-century furniture designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene, and...


Solar Drying Kiln

A cost-effective and efficient way to take green boards to usable lumber. By John Wilson Pages: 74-79 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now The solar drying kiln is the most cost-effective way for the craftsman to get quality boards for woodworking from green lumber. Today there are many band saw...


The No. 1 Plane

It sure is cute – but is it useful? By Clarence Blanchard Pages: 72-73 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now Few tools spark the affection of so many as the Stanley No. 1 size bench plane. Regardless of one’s interest, the small plane has a way of catching everyone’s eye....


Shooting Board Basics

A shooting board lets you trim cuts to perfection, one shaving at a time. By Paul Sellers Pages: 66-71 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now Many aids to hand-tool woodworking were actually fairly ingenious, very efficient and simple to use because they acted as positive guides to the tools. The...


Best New Tools: 2006

By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 60-65 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now I’ve been attending tool shows to see new woodworking machinery and hand tools for 10 years now, but the 2006 vintage will be remembered as a very good one for years to come. In fact, we typically honor 12...


Housed Dovetails

A super-slick trick to make a super-strong joint. By Geoffrey Ames Pages: 57-59 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now The housed dovetail joint is mechanically sound, historically correct for 18th-century casework and a hallmark of fine craftsmanship. It provides an accurate means of locating drawer dividers and runners, and is...