February 2009 #174

Popular Woodworking February 2009 issueIn the February 2009 issue of Popular Woodworking, Mario Rodriguez shows you the art of dovetailed drawers.

Discover seven strategies to make the difference between fine furniture and pedestrian design.

Four woodworkers show four ways to make tapered legs using a weapon of choice: planer, jointer, table saw and band saw.

Don Weber shows you how to build the Barnsley hay rake table, inspired by both the Arts & Crafts movement and traditional tools of rural England.

Managing Editor Megan Fitzpatrick builds an elegant Shaker stepback to house all of your 21st-century entertainment accoutrement.

Adam Cherubini continues his series on 18th-century chairmaking by teaching you how to make a ball & claw foot.

This issue’s I Can Do That project is a low-profile serving tray.

Bob Flexner teaches you how to battle blotching when finishing cherry.

Read about an award-winning plane built by an 18 year old in the profile of D.L. Barrett & Sons.

Plus, why you should toss your tape measure.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras (downloads, etc.) for this issue are found in each article.

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Flexner on Finishing: Finishing Cherry

Some straight talk about cherry and blotching. By Bob Flexner Pages: 70-72 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now When I opened my furniture-making and restoration shop in 1976, the woods considered best for high-end furniture were walnut and mahogany. Of course, oak and maple were also used, and sometimes cherry....

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Out of the Woodwork: A Puzzling Beginning

How one woodworker got over her fear of dismemberment: more fear. By Micaela R. Evans Page: 80 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now Industrial Technology. That was the name of the course I took in the autumn of 1993. Beats me as to why it was entitled thus, because anyone...

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Great Woodshops: Using Wood to Make Waves

Reuben Margolin uses scraps to explore science, nature and math. By Raphael Rosen Pages: 74-77 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now At this moment, Reuben Margolin is building a gigantic wooden sculpture that moves. It’s titled “Yellow Linear Wave,” and is one of his many creations – usually built out...

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D.L. Barrett & Sons Planemakers

Meet the young (he’s just 18) and skilled hands behind a near-perfect tool. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 66-69 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now While modern carpenters might show off at the jobsite by driving up in a fully loaded pickup truck, the 19th-century cabinetmaker did the same thing when...

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Four Ways to Make Tapered Legs

We explore methods to help you find the one that works best. By Keith Neer, Glen D. Huey, Robert W. Lang & Christopher Schwarz Pages: 55-59 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now It’s true! From working with hand tools, to powering up stationary machinery, to any combination of these two...

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The Art of Making Dovetailed Drawers

Fine furniture calls for an elegant drawer. A master cabinetmaker shares his approach to design and fitting. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 50-54 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now There are just a few things my partner at Philadelphia Furniture Workshops, Alan Turner, and I don’t see eye-to-eye on. But how...

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Shaker Stepback

A classic furniture form revised for 21st-century entertainment. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 42-49 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now I have a love-hate relationship with my television. I love (too much, perhaps) to watch shows, but I hate having the TV out in the open as the focal point of...

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Tool Test: Optimal Performance with ‘AutoShift’

By Glen D. Huey Page: 40 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now Drills have been the focus of many tool manufacturers for a few years now. We’ve had to endure comparisons of Nickel-cadmium, Nickel-metal hydride and Lithium-ion batteries. We’ve moved through 12-volt to as high as 24- and 36-volt batteries....