December 2007 #166

Popular Woodworking December 2007 issueIn the December 2007 issue of Popular Woodworking, Senior Editor Glen Huey builds a 21st-century version of a classic Shaker Workbench. It’s a rock-solid design with plenty of storage below a massive maple top. Other key articles:

It’s time for our annual picks of the best new tools of the year, and we present our list of 15 favorites.

Marc Adams continues his new series about working smarter and safer with Woodworking Essentials: Practical Safety Devices.

Think you can’t cut variable spaced dovetails with an inexpensive jig? Think again. Senior Editor Robert Lang builds a magnificent mahogany reproduction of the little-known Gustav Stickley poppy table.

In Jig Journal, we have two great ways to draw perfect arcs.

I Can Do That returns with a mission chair, and it introduces a new I Can Do That book.

Bob Flexner clears the confusion surrounding solvents.

Our Tool Test features the new Veritas Small Plow Plane.

Adam Cherubini puts the finishing touches on his standing desk in Arts & Mysteries.

At the Lathe features a perfect project for the season, turning tops.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras for this issue are found inside their respective articles.

Online Extras: December 2007

Online Extras from the December 2007 issue include a drawing showing the location of the workbench dog holes, full-size drawings of the Gustav Stickley Poppy Table for $3.00, download instructions from Shaker Workshops for weaving the Mission Chair seat, and more.


Arts & Mysteries: The ‘Ultimate’ Hand Tool Shop

Perfection doesn’t exist. But you can come close. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 34-37 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now One of the first things any beginning woodworker must do is set up a workshop. Like so many other things a novice woodworker must do, the preparation of a workshop shapes...


Out of the Woodwork: The Boys in the Guild

No doubt, you’ll fit right in. By Jeff Skiver Page: 96 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now A woodworking club offers countless rewards to the aspiring craftsman. It provides a platform for displaying your work. It offers the chance to learn new techniques. It affords you the opportunity to find...


Flexner on Finishing: A Primer on Solvents

Categorize by type to cut through confusion. By Bob Flexner Pages: 90-92 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now Unless you’ve been doing wood finishing for quite a while, I imagine the shelves of solvents in home centers and paint stores look pretty much like Greek to you. Which solvent goes...


At the Lathe: Finger Tops

Fun to turn and pretty to look at, these little spinners will enhance your skills. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 82-85 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now Tops are the atoms of woodturning; so simple, yet you can do so many things with them. Simple or fancy, they are fun to...


Jig Journal: Arc Drawing Bow

Searching for (and Finding) the Arc of the Competent. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 76-78 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now When woodworking throws you a curve, how do you respond? It’s easy to become locked into one solution because it’s familiar and miss an easy alternative. This is often...


Variable-spaced Dovetails by Jig

Two methods to move beyond the limitations of a fixed-space dovetail jig. By Don Means Pages: 72-75 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now Some of us just don’t have the time, patience or skill to produce hand-cut dovetail joints and instead resort to one of the numerous dovetail jigs available...


Shaker Workbench

A stack of drawers and storage under a workbench has Shaker written all over it. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 62-71 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now When I started work at Popular Woodworking magazine my workbench was a couple storage cabinets on wheels and a cut-off slab of solid-core...