December 2013 #208

Popular Woodworking Magazine December 13 Cover One lucky reader will win the hanging tool cabinet designed and built by Executive Editor Robert W. Lang in “Cabinetmaker’s Tool Chest” (shown on the cover) – and the rest of us get the measured drawings and step-by-step instruction on how to build it.

In “Hammer Veneering,” Don Williams teaches us not only how this age-old technique works, but tells us why – plus, he reveals some tips for doctoring your hot hide glue for various purposes, including increased water resistance and strength. Roy Underhill entertains and educates in “Mechanical Marvels or Steampunk Sporks?” with a close look at the Stanley Nos. 45 and 55 combination planes to help you determine if one of these “all-in-one” planes belongs in your woodworking arsenal.

Editor Megan Fitzpatrick replicates a modern plate rack in tiger maple for your kitchen (or anywhere, really, if you choose to build it as a hanging bookshelf) that was designed for and built by Kelly Mehler; the article includes a sidebar by Mehler on the design process. Contributing Editor Christopher Schwarz visits with tool-making wunderkind Chris Vesper in his Australia workshop in “Tools from Down Under,” and Contributing Editor Steve Shanesy introduces the basics of faceplate turning in “Turn a Platter” (NB: Platters make a great last-minute holiday gift!).

In this month’s Tool Test, we review the solidly built Powermatic PM1000 table saw, Wood Owl “Wood Chipper” auger bits and the Festool Carvex jigsaw. In Design Matters, George R. Walker discusses “Rustication” – how you can incorporate natural elements into your work. In Woodworking Essentials, Managing Editor Glen D. Huey teaches you how to “Pick the Perfect Lock,” and in Arts & Mysteries, Bob Rozaieski discusses how and why to “Choose Your Woods Wisely.” Bob Flexner explains the problems of “Fish Eye & Silicone” (and how to fix the problem). Finally, in End Grain, Autumn Doucet writes about “A Promise to a Professor” – a gift that was a long time in coming. Plus Letters, Tricks of the Trade and Out on a Limb.


Tool Test: Wood Owl ‘Nail Chipper’ Auger Bits

by Megan Fitzpatrick page 18 From the December 2013 issue, #208 I’ve built a couple workbenches – and helped to build a couple more – and have drilled 3⁄4"-diameter holes for dogs and holdfasts variously by hand with a brace and bit, with an spiral-upcut bit in a router and with a combination of both (start with...


Design Matters: Rustication

Furniture design is a chip off the old block. by George R. Walker pages 20-22 An old proverb states that architecture is the mother of all arts. Of all the related decorative arts, furniture is most closely wedded to architecture, and all major furniture styles up through the early 20th century were inspired by an architectural parent....


Woodworking Essentials: Pick the Perfect Lock

The key to selection is knowing the terminology and how a lock works. by Glen D. Huey pages 52-55 Locks protect our worldly goods from outsiders who wish to take those goods from us. In earlier days, the use of furniture locks had a somewhat different purpose. Blog: Get step-by-step instruction from Glen Huey on how he...


Arts & Mysteries: Choose Your Woods Wisely

Materials matter more when it comes to hand tools. by Bob Rozaieski pages 58-60 As a result of the inherent beauty in the material, for some of today’s woodworkers, visual appeal is the primary consideration in construction. That’s because most machines can more easily overcome a board’s physical properties than a person using hand tools. Modern machinery...


Flexner on Finishing: Fish Eye & Silicone

The truth behind craters and ridges. by Bob Flexner pages 62-3 If your finishing career has been limited to finishing projects you have made, you may never have experienced fish eye. But if you have done much refinishing, especially of furniture, you have surely seen fish eye. Fish eye is the finish crawling up to form moon-like craters...


Promise to a Professor

Mr. Sheffield’s two-year writing slope. by Autumn Doucet page 64 About a decade ago, I walked into my English professor’s office for advising and couldn’t take my eyes off of his homemade writing slope. He was talking credits and prerequisites; I was thinking this guy didn’t know a tenon from a tang. A couple of quarters later,...