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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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...


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...