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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Woodworking Essentials: Setting Up Shop – Placing Machinery

By Scott Gibson Pages: 49-56 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now In a much earlier era, cabinetmakers didn’t spend much time worrying about where to put machines in their shops. They didn’t have much to work with. A small shop might have had a communal lathe turned by an apprentice,...


Lingerie Chest

Showcase your skills with this traditionally styled tall dresser. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 42-48 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now If you have woodworking tools and a talent to build, there is a certain time each year that you are called upon to use both. Suddenly, Aunt Susan needs...


I Can Do That: Whale Tail Shelves

Pocket holes make a seemingly complicated project simple. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 40-41 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now These classic shelves are easy to build thanks to the pocket-hole joints that attach the shelves to the sides. While pocket holes aren’t a traditional joint, they allow you to build...


Tool Test: Router-Ease Guide

By Robert W. Lang Page: 34 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now Making dados for casework starts with the choice of using the table saw or the router. If you prefer the router, you’ve probably cobbled together a lot of jigs to keep the router square and put the dado...


Tool Test: Lie-Nielsen Floats

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 34 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now Planemakers have long used floats to shape and true the critical surfaces of wooden handplanes. But cabinetmakers also used floats, and after several months of using floats made by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, I understand why. From the December 2006 issue...


Tool Test: Gramercy Tools Bowsaw Gets All the Details Right

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 32 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now As a devoted band saw user, I’ve always resisted the bowsaw, which was used by early American and English woodworkers to cut curves. My problem with the modern manufactured bowsaws was that they were difficult to steer, they cut...


Tool Test: Better Featherboards for Many Tools

By Robert W. Lang Page: 32 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now Traditionally, a shop-made featherboard is used to hold a small or narrow workpiece firmly against a fence or machine table. The common form has been around since the inception of the table saw, and when I first saw...


Endurance Test: DeWalt Two-base Router Kit

After a couple years in the shop, it’s still the router we’d choose. By David Thiel Page: 30 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now When routers with a single motor that fit into either a plunge or fixed base first hit the tool market, they made significant waves. Suddenly, it...


Power-tool Joinery: Attaching Solid Wood Tabletops

Methods that allow wood to move with the seasons. By Bill Hylton Pages: 26-28 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now About a decade ago, I made a drop-leaf table for a book of projects. When it came time to mount the top, I just drilled pilot holes and drove cut...