December 2011 #194

Popular Woodworking December 2011 issueOur cover story for the December 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking is 12 Rules for Tool Chests, by Contributing Editor Christopher Schwarz. He builds a traditional tool chest that will hold all of your hand tools in one convenient spot.

In Complementary Curves, Jeff Miller shows how most of the challenge in making his graceful arch table with bent-laminations is in the prep.

In Straight Talk on Sharpening, Deneb Puchalski shows that while a cambered plane blade works fine, it is important to first experience “sharp” on a straight blade.

Ernie Conover shows how to keep your lathe from loafing between jobs with this inexpensive Shop-built Disc Sander.

Special wood is the starting point of inspiration for these boxes infused with the past in Ted Brown’s Krenov-style ‘Memories Box.

In Chester County Style, Charles Bender shows how this Pennsylvania county developed unique and recognizable furniture.

This issue’s I Can Do That project is a gent’s box by Managing Editor Megan Fitzpatrick.

In this issue’s Tool Test, we take a look at Veritas’s Bevel-up Smoothing Plane, Leigh’s R9Plus through-dovetail and box-joint jig, and a new veneer saw from Gramercy Tools.

In Design Matters, George R. Walker shows how developing your design skills is a journey of discovery.

In Arts & Mysteries, Adam Cherubini shows how today’s tool choices pale in comparison to what 18th-century craftsmen typically had in their tool boxes.

In Flexner on Finishing, Bob Flexner dispels many of the myths about French polishing.

Brian Boggs suggests that you consider yourself a midwife to creativity in The Myth of Original Design.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras (downloads, links, etc.) are found within that article.

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I Can Do That: Gent’s Chest

A simple box for basic household tools. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 58-59 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy this issue now Common in the 19th-century, a “Gentleman’s Tool Chest” typically contained a set of fancy household tools including the first “multi-tools” – a handsome handle into which a variety of tools including gimlets,...

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12 Rules for Tool Chests

Don’t reinvent the wheel when storing your tools. A proper chest is still the best. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 26-31 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy this issue now When I tell people that I’ve worked out of a traditional tool chest for 15 years, they look at me as if I’m someone who has not yet...

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Complementary Curves

Most of the challenge in making this graceful table is in the prep. By Jeff Miller Pages: 32-39 From the December 2011 issue # 194 Buy this issue now Many interesting pieces of furniture are deceptively simple. Deceptive, because although they appear simple, they are actually very difficult to make. Although this is occasionally true in my own...

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Straight Talk on Sharpening

While a cambered plane blade works fine, why start the hard way? By Deneb Puchalski Pages: 40-43 From the December 2011 issue # 194 Buy the issue now A sharp edge is an absolute necessity for hand-tool woodworking – but for many beginners, sharpening plane irons and chisels is an obstacle rather than a gateway to enjoying hand...

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Shop-built Disc Sander

Keep your lathe from loafing between jobs with this easy-to-make, inexpensive disc sander. By Ernie Conover Pages: 44- 47 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue now Disc sanders are invaluable for anyone working with small parts, such as toymakers, instrument builders, model makers and turners doing segmented work. In fact, any shop will find the...

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Krenov-style ‘Memories Box’

Wood is the starting point of inspiration for these boxes infused with the past. By Ted Brown Pages: 48-51 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue now In my mind, this article goes to the root of why we work wood. It is about the philosophy of creating things in wood and the approach more so...

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Chester County Style

This Pennsylvania area developed unique and recognizable furniture. By Charles Bender Pages: 52-55 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue now From its green rolling hills in the south and plains-like farmland in its middle to the nearly mountainous terrain in the north, the topography of Chester County, Penn., is as diverse as its people and,...

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Design Matters: Why Design?

Developing your skills is a journey of discovery. By George R. Walker Pages: 20-22 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue now My brother and I gazed at a sunset from a rocky perch high atop Boulder Pass in Glacier National Park. A ball of orange slipped behind the jagged peaks way out there somewhere toward...