February 2011 #188

Popular Woodworking February 2011 issueOur cover story for the February 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking is a three-legged occasional table by Michael Fortune. It can be built using steam-bending techniques or clever bent laminations.

In a creative nonfiction story, Roy Underhill writes about André Roubo and his folding bookstand, built from one piece of walnut. The piece was used at the “Altar of the Nation” when General Lafayette swore allegiance to the new republic in 1790. The article includes plans translated from Roubo’s original text.

Marc Adams teaches a geometry lesson in veneer as he shows you how to make “Louis cubes,” a simple form of parquetry that is easier to make than it appears (really!).

Senior Editor Glen D. Huey compares three-knife cutterheads with two staggertooth designs. He’ll help you decide if you need to upgrade your cutterhead in your jointer or planer (or both).

Editor Christopher Schwarz shows you how to build a Shaker wall cupboard, a classic piece from the New Lebanon Shaker community. It’s easy to complete in just a few hours.

In Tool Test, we try out the Benchcrafted Glide Vise, the “Polar Bear” hybrid table saw from Grizzly and the new Side Winder Router Lift from Woodpeckers.

George R. Walker discusses the humble yet essential divider in Design Matters.

In Arts & Mysteries, Bob Rozaieski shows you how to tune up and use traditional moulding planes in Replace Your Tailed Router.

Our I Can Do That project for this issue is a pirate chest with a curved lid, built by Managing Editor Megan Fitzpatrick.

Chris Schwarz visits an incredible shop in Living the European Dream for Great Woodshops.

In Flexner on Finishing, Bob Flexner gives a finishing overview to help you make sense of the many types of finish available.

End Grain, by Brendan Isaac Jones, features a squirrel surprise.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras are found in the articles.

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Online Extras: February 2011 Issue

Online Extras for the February 2011 issue include how to cut the hinge in the the folding bookstand article, a link to Adam King's podcast interview with Michael Fortune, the Right Way to Prepare Lumber PDF, Shaker Wall Cupboard Sketchup file and more.

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Three-legged Occasional Table

Steam-bending or bent laminations can be used to make this eye-catching design. By Michael Fortune Page: 26-33 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now The design of this table is part of a series that I revisit from time to time. The original concept for the series was based on a pinwheel (a common example...

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Roubo’s Folding Bookstand

A woodwright translates (and channels) the 18th-century French Master. By Roy Underhill Page: 34-37 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now Translating André Roubo’s instructions from the 18th-century French is a delight, for he speaks to you as if he’s just stopped by your bench. The level of detail assures you that this is something...

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Shaker Wall Cupboard

A classic form from the New Lebanon Shaker community is easy to build in a few hours. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 48-49 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now If you don’t like nails, then perhaps you should turn the page. This small wall cupboard from the New Lebanon Shaker community...

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Tool Test: Benchcrafted Glide Vise

Machined to the nth degree, this leg vise clamps like a champ. By Megan Fitzpatrick Page: 16 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now The Benchcrafted Glide Leg Vise takes its design cues from a traditional leg vise with a wooden screw, but this contemporary iteration works more smoothly, easily and...

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I Can Do That: Pirate Chest

Masonry nails and two XXL leather belts impart the ‘arghh!’ in this build. By Megan Fitzpatrick Page: 24-25 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now Don’t let the curved top of this “pirate chest” scare you. It’s a lot less tricky than it may appear – and it’s excellent practice with...

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End Grain: Squirrel Surprise

A project with a bite. By Brendan Isaac Jones Page: 64 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now How do three carpenters feed an abandoned baby squirrel? Glass dropper in hand, huddled around a kitchen table in the historic district of downtown Alexandria, Va., we discovered the answer: with great difficulty. The day previous, atop scaffolding...

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Flexner on Finishing: Finishing Overview

Understand the basics. By Bob Flexner Page: 56-57 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now A wood finish is a clear, transparent coating applied to wood to protect it from moisture and to make it look richer and deeper. This differs from paint, which is a wood finish loaded with enough pigment to hide the...

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Great Woodshops: Living the European Dream

A St. Louis physician spent years assembling the perfect shop. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 52-54 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now The problem with many “dream shops” is that their visionaries never wake up and get on with building any furniture. There’s nothing inherently wrong with building a hobby shop and having the shop alone...