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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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....

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Tool Test: New Veritas Premium Block Planes

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 38 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now For those who think Veritas makes planes that work better than they look, I want you to feast your eyes on the newest block planes from this Canadian company. The new NX60 and DX60 block planes have flowing lines...

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Tool Test: SawStop’s Contractor Saw – At Last

Safety aside, this is a solid saw on its own. By Glen D. Huey Page: 36 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now Woodworkers have been waiting for more than two years for the SawStop Contractor Saw to come to market. What’s so special about this saw is the internal SawStop...

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I Can Do That: Low-profile Serving Tray

Off-the-rack moulding and packing tape make this project easy. By Linda Watts Pages: 32-34 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now A shopping trip to the pre-cut moulding section at Lowe’s was the beginning of my tray design. I had a general idea of what I wanted to make – a...

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The Wood Whisperer: Throw Away Your Tape Measure

Sometimes it’s best to let your project supply the answers. By Marc Spagnuolo Pages: 28-30 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now You’re at work on your latest masterpiece and everything seems to be going great. After days of planning, measuring and cutting, you are finally ready to do the glue-up....

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Arts & Mysteries: Make a Ball & Claw Foot

Part 3 in a series on building a Philadelphia-style Chippendale chair. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 22-27 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now If you’ve been following my column, you know that I am building a Philadelphia-style Chippendale chair. I’ve reached the stage where I’m supposed to carve the legs, and...