February 2004 #139

Popular Woodworking February 2004Our seven-part series on routers continues in the February 2004 issue of Popular Woodworking with a look at joinery. Learn how to use your router to make 14 must-know router joints.

Check out 10 (mostly inexpensive and quick) things you should do to make your workbench more useful.

Bob Flexner reveals how although it is a poor finish when used alone, wax truly excels when used as a polish.

Learn a great way to try cold-bending with an Eames-style Table.

Two new rip-tooth dozukis now on the market are efficient dovetailers.

Your table saw can easily cut curves, patterns and tenons in just one pass with this incredible (but amazingly simple) Jim Tolpin Rip Fence.

Find out how much weight an MDF shelf can handle.

Visit the three shops of David Honhollen, who shed a career in sales to carve wildlife for executives.

The best-looking joint for the corners of casework is a miter. We get to the bottom of the real trick: cutting and clamping them.

Even if you own a powered joiner, you should learn how to get a superior edge joint with just a hand plane.

Plus our Tool Test, Q&A, pages of great Tricks of the Trade and much more!

Detailed article previews are below. Online extras can be found here.

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Out of the Woodwork: Ironwood Logs and Mad Bulls

A quest for lumber leads to some fancy firewood, a sore butt and a full gut. By Peter Sieling Page: 104 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now The best parts about running a small lumber business are that I get plenty of healthy exercise and bring in a decent income...


Flexner on Finishing: The Facts on Wax

Although a poor finish when used alone, wax excels as a polish. By Bob Flexner Pages: 100-101 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now Wax has been used for centuries as a finish and polish on furniture and other wooden objects, but it is still a very misunderstood material. Wax is...


From the Bench: Precision Edge-jointing by Hand

Even if you own a powered jointer, you can get a superior fit with a long hand plane. By Don McConnell Pages: 92-94 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now I imagine a good percentage of you are wondering why in the world you should learn to joint a board’s edge...


Jim Tolpin’s Universal Rip Fence

A simple fixture lets your table saw cut curves, patterns and tenons in one pass. By Jim Tolpin Pages: 84-90 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now My universal fence fixture – the heart of my table saw system to which an entire galaxy of accessories can be attached – greatly...


The Joint Maker

This horizontal router jig has a table that slides in four directions, turning a router into a joint-making monster. By Nick Engler Pages: 77-83 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now This horizontal routing jig, which I call “Joint Maker,” holds the router to one side of the work. This setup...


Upgrade Your Workbench

Ten ways to make your bench indispensable. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 70-75 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now I hate to say it, but no matter how much time and money you spent building or buying your workbench, it’s probably not as useful as it should be. Like adjustments to...


Serpentine Table

Surprisingly straightforward, the only real trick to this project is a well-tuned band saw. By Warren A. May Pages: 64-69 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now This table might look like a snake in the grass, but with a good band-saw blade and the right patterns, it’s actually quite the...


True Japanese Dovetail Saws

Two new rip-tooth dozuki saws are efficient dovetailers. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 62-63 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now Cutting dovetail pins and tails is primarily a ripping operation. So it has always bewildered me that almost every Japanese saw sold for dovetailing had teeth designed for crosscutting or cutting...


13″ Portable Planers

We test 7 premium machines to find out which one belongs in your shop. By David Thiel Pages: 57-61 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now Since our last review of portable planers in 2001, several manufacturers have introduced 13″-wide machines, and a couple even have two feeding speeds. So it...