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.


Woodworking Essentials: Power Jointers

A Better Way to Work: Part 3 By Marc Adams Pages: 41-56 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now One of the very first lessons of working wood is how to “S4S” a board – surface it on all four sides. One small caveat to the process is that the board...


Flatten a Workbench’s Top

Is it necessary? And if so, what are the best techniques? By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 36-40 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now Like any tool or machine, a workbench requires accessories (jigs, fixtures, appliances) and occasional maintenance to actually do anything of great value. A bench without a bench hook...


Tool Test: Machined Dovetail Jigs for any Budget

By Glen D. Huey Page: 33 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now It didn’t take me long to figure out I needed to use dovetail joints on my furniture. The problem at the time was how to make tails and pins so they were correct and looked good. Dovetail jigs...


Tool Test: Scientific Approach to Hand-cut Dovetails

By Robert W. Lang Page: 33 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now The first impression most people (including me) have of this saw is one of disbelief. Backsaws have been one-handed tools since their inception, so why would anyone want to use two hands? The answer is part of a...


Tool Test: Two Jobs, One Machine

European-style machines blend two major machines into a small space in the workshop. By Glen D. Huey Page: 32 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now Combination machines, European-style machinery that combines the jointer and planer into a single tool, will quickly become big winners with home hobbyists and smallwoodworking business...


I Can Do That: Pleasant Hill Firewood Box

A classic Shaker design with enough curves to make it interesting. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 30-31 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now The buildings at the Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill, Ky., are filled with handy firewood boxes. After a few visits to the colony, I concluded that this example...


Arts & Mysteries: 18th-century Tools for Every Shop

Often, the old ways are more efficient. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 26-29 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now I use 18th-century hand tools because I make reproduction furniture. In my mind, the simplest, most efficient way to make authentic-looking furniture is to simply use the tools and techniques from the...


Out on a Limb: 10 Years and 10,000 Hours

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now A lot of people wonder about Contributing Editor Adam Cherubini, who writes about traditional techniques for our Arts & Mysteries column. And I wondered, too. Adam has his fans. In fact, during a trade show this summer the president...