February 2008 #167

Popular Woodworking February 2008 issueThe cover project for the February 2008 issue of Popular Woodworking is a maple chimney cupboard. It’s perfect for packing a large amount of storage in a small footprint, and is an exercise in 7 traditional joinery methods.

Marc Adams continues his Woodworking Essentials series on working smart and working safe with a guide to using the jointer.

Christopher Schwarz shares his method for flattening the top of a solid-wood workbench.

Adam Cherubini provides a list of 18th-century tools every woodworker should have in their kit.

Our I Can Do That project is a Shaker firewood box.

Jig Journal features a scratch-stock you can make quickly and easily.

Rob Millard shows us how to create a simple fan inlay.

We test four honing guides.

A great method for hiding your mistakes.

Tool Test takes a close look at a new jointer/planer combination machine from Grizzly.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras (downloads, etc.) for this issue are found inside their respective articles.

Online Extras: February 2008 Issue

Online Extras for the February 2008 issue include step-by-step instructions on cutting through and half-blind dovetails, a SketchUp file of the drawings of the Chimney Cupboard, instructions on cutting hinge mortises by hand, a PDF document showing the use of Glen-Drake tools, Marc Adams safety rules for using the jointer, and more.


Out of the Woodwork: Don’t Fiddle With Success

In some professions, innovation can sink you. By Alan Coggins Page: 96 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now Working from home, I get to hear a lot of radio talk shows and I am invariably frustrated when the day’s guest is a small-business expert giving out advice on how to...


Flexner on Finishing: Finish Compatibility

Discover what finishing products work well together. By Bob Flexner Pages: 92-93 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now I’m sure you’ve come across cautions in woodworking books and magazines instructing you to “use a compatible product” – stain, filler, glaze, finish – and you’ve wondered, “What is compatible, and what...


At the Lathe: Lathe Tool Holder

Convenient tool storage for efficient turning. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 84-85 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now Like many people, when I began turning, my biggest concern was trying to understand and remember the many things I had to do all at once just to achieve the most basic results....


Jig Journal: Sliding-head Scratch Stock

Two fences allow you to position the cutter and keep the bead’s quirk in line. By Geoffrey Ames Pages: 82-83 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now If you have ever attempted to scratch a profile onto a chair leg or other curved piece, you probably noted that a scratch tool...


Perfect Patching

A long-time carpenter shares a repair trick to hide the mistakes made by ham-handed apprentices. By Carl Bilderback Pages: 76-79 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now For more than 30 years I was a traveling carpenter foreman in charge of installation of top-quality architectural woodwork and cabinetry. My job assignments...


Understand Honing Guides

Honing guides are not a one-size-fits-all affair. We examine the weaknesses and strengths of four popular models. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 70-74 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now With the exception of your two hands, there is no such thing as the perfect honing guide for every shape and size...


Chimney Cupboard

Seven solid joints comprise this sturdy custom storage unit. By Megan Fitzpatrick & Glen D. Huey Pages: 62-69 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now There’s a backstory to this chimney cupboard project. Last March, I planned a week off to renovate the 6 1/2′ x 8′ bathroom in my 110-year-old...


Basic Inlay Techniques

Simple techniques and small details can add visual interest to your projects. By Rob Millard Pages: 57-61 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now Inlays, even simple ones, can add a great deal of visual interest to a woodworking project. Unfortunately, too many woodworkers have never tried inlay due to its...