December 2010 #187

Popular Woodworking December 2010 issueThe cover project of Popular Woodworking December 2010 is a Line & Berry Chest of Drawers. It’s a traditional design from Chester County, Pennsylvania. The inlay on the drawer is made simpler with router patterns and a good straight bit.

Allan Turner teaches you cross-grain solutions to defeat splitting in solid wood construction.

In part three of a series, Marc Adams shows you simple patterns in veneer using only mirrors, a cheap knife and a straightedge.

You’ll create a useful English layout square that is easy to make, easy on the eyes and awesome to use.

Details shaped by hand and eye help to define the style of a Greene & Greene frame. In the second part of his Aging Furniture story, Michael Dunar shows you furniture’s battle scars and teaches you how to create this “incidental” wear on your projects.

Bob Rozaieski teaches you to soup up your sawing savvy through practicing proper techniques.

The I Can Do That project is a Victorian side table.

You’ll also learn to build Moxon’s Ingenious Bench Vise in the Jig Journal column.

George R. Walker reveals how great legs are essential to proportioning a piece of furniture.

Bob Flexner gives you the essential details when it comes to staining wood.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras (downloads, etc.) for this issue are found inside each article.

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Simple Patterns in Veneer

Part 3: Make a 4-way match panel in veneer using mirrors, a knife and a straightedge. By Marc Adams Pages: 48-51From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue nowVeneer can be used to embellish any project. For furniture making, veneer offers three advantages: Panels can be made to any size or shape, exotic...

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English Layout Square

This useful tool is easy to make, easy on the eyes and awesome to use. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 46-47From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue nowWooden layout tools usually are superior to metal ones in my opinion. They are lightweight, inexpensive and as accurate as woodworking requires. Period.A 36"-long wooden straightedge...

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Cross-grain Solutions

Methods to prevent cross-grain splits in traditional solid wood case construction. By Alan Turner Pages: 42-45From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue nowWhat is obvious to the seasoned furniture maker often escapes the attention of the newer, aspiring maker. This is especially true when it comes to recognizing and avoiding cross-grain wood...

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Line & Berry Chest of Drawers

IThough not traditional, router patterns make quick work of the inlay. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 32-41From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue nowIn southeastern Pennsylvania, just northwest of Philadelphia, is Chester County. It was one of the original three counties formed by William Penn in 1682, under a charter signed by...

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Design Matters: Great Legs

Play with proportion to achieve pleasing design. By George R. Walker Pages: 26-27From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue nowThe black stallion’s name was Step. Marvin, the only man I ever saw ride him, called him simply “the horse,” his raspy Southern voice pausing for emphasis. I was 5 years old the...

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Tool Test: A Better Brad-point Bit

By Glen D. Huey Page: 22 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now When I grab a brad-point bit to drill a hole, I don’t give much thought to the design of the bit and to the finer intricacies of just how holes are drilled. But the German company that...