February 2010 #181

Popular Woodworking February 2010 issueIn the February 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking, we debut Design Matters, a column by George R. Walker that will give you the tools to tackle furniture design with skill and confidence.

Joinery details bring a special charm to a Stickley music cabinet and a Japanese soji screen provides the inspiration for a contemporary Soji cabinet.

Create a tapered-leg table in this issue’s I Can Do That project.

Provocative “upholstery” explores the tension between comfort and discomfort in a unique 988 chair.

Toolmaker Kevin Drake teaches you how to make turned tool handles.

Tom Fidgen constructs a hand-made cabinetmaker’s toolbox that is certainly One for the Road.

The Arts & Mysteries column shows you how to make Andre Roubo’s Try Square.

Jim Crammond revives a clever 19th-century tool and provides everything you’ll need to build a cam marking gauge.

Chairmaker Michael Dunbar explores traditional milk paint.

Bob Flexner helps you choose a spray gun.

We review Delta’s New Midi-lathe.

Rob Porcaro explores ways to create better vision in the shop.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras for this issue can be found inside each article.

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Online Extras: February 2010 Issue

Online Extras for the February 2010 issue include the Stickley Music Cabinet 3D SketchUp Model, a video of the Star Tools Marking Gauge in action, and step-by-step instruction on creating a painted a trompe l’oeil “inlay.”


My New 150-year-old Try Square

While deep into dovetailing a small chest at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking this summer, my concentration was suddenly burst by someone at my workbench. “There’s a guy outside,” the student says, “and he’s selling all his woodworking stuff.” I nodded and then returned to my dovetails. I run into people all the...


Out of the Woodwork: Beyond the Norm

Norm Abram inspired generations of new woodworkers – even those who weren’t Yankees. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 74 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Last week I stood in a beautiful living room and relived a scene for at least the 10th time in my career as a writer. George...


Flexner on Finishing: Choosing a Spray Gun

Though a good finish can be achieved with other methods, guns are faster. By Bob Flexner Pages: 66-68 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now As I’ve explained many times in Popular Woodworking, you can achieve a near-perfect finish using a rag or brush: You can apply a wipe-on/wipe-off finish such...


Better Vision in the Shop

Proper lighting and vision aids can make a woodworking world of difference. By Rob Porcaro Pages: 63-65 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Woodworking is a visual art. The capabilities of our eyes and visual system, as well as the quality of the conditions in which we use them, are...


One for the Road

A cabinetmaker’s tool chest that’s ready to travel. By Tom Fidgen From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now When I think of a tool chest, I think of a carpenter’s box, usually open and inviting, a little rough perhaps but clearly made by the hand. Think of Roy Underhill merrily skipping...


Shoji Cabinet

Inspired by a Japanese screen, this cabinet uses traditional and modern joinery. By Ryan Shervill Pages: 52-57 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Designed to divide a room, the shoji screen is both a practical and artistic piece of furniture that’s often found in Japanese homes. It was a shoji...