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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Tool Test: Value in Chisels made in the U.S.A.

By Robert W. Lang Page: 22 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now Six months ago, I went looking for a new set of chisels. I wanted wood handles and I also wanted tools that didn’t taper too much at the sides. That’s a popular feature these days, but except...

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Tool Test: Bickford Moulding Planes

From high finance to high-quality planes. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 20 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now Vintage moulding planes are tricky beasts. Typically the wood is warped, the irons are misshaped and the wedges are beat to snot. So it’s no wonder that people struggle with the tools....

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On the Level: What I Learned at Woodworking in America

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now I just spent three days teaching handtool techniques at our Woodworking in America conference and my staff members are now trying to keep their eyes open long enough to get this issue looking good, reading correctly and in...

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Line & Berry Chest of Drawers

In 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 King Charles II. In 1729, a large portion of the western county was split off to become Lancaster County, and in 1789, the southeastern...

On the Level: What I Learned at Woodworking in America

By Christopher Schwarz During my three days at Woodworking in America I talked until my voice was hoarse, answering questions about router planes, workbenches, saws, chisels and scrapers. But what was most amazing about the conference was how much I learned when I shut my mouth.

Letters: Sagging Face Vise Screw Concerns

Our editors provide answers to reader questions including the topics of sagging face vise concerns, problems planing hard maple, moving beyond "I Can Do That", a website to research Disston saws, a clarification on Jim Tolpin's article "Design by Eye", and a question on how the staff chooses story selection – based on techniques...