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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Design Matters: Why Design?

Developing your skills is a journey of discovery.By George R. Walker Pages: 20-22From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue nowMy 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...

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Tool Test: Veritas Bevel-up Smoothing Plane

A Jewel of a Tool.By Christopher Schwarz Page: 16From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue nowI have never understood the modern fascination with enormous smoothing planes. We prefer big smoothers with lots of mass, long soles and wide blades. Our ancestors preferred small smoothing planes that were shorter (as small as 7") and...

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Flexner on Finishing: French Polishing Myths

Linen and more.By Bob Flexner Pages: 60-62From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue nowThree times in the last year, articles have appeared in major woodworking magazines instructing readers to use linen for the outer cloth in a French polishing pad. No explanation, just the instruction. This brought back memories from 30 years ago of...