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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Flexner on Finishing: Finishing Overview

Understand the basics. By Bob Flexner Page: 56-57From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue nowA 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...


Great Woodshops: Living the European Dream

A St. Louis physician spent years assembling the perfect shop. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 52-54From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue nowThe 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...


Upgrade Your Cutterhead

Segmented knives reduce tearing and noise. But do you need to upgrade both planer and jointer? By Glen D. Huey Page: 42-47If you purchased your jointer or planer a couple decades back, or if you had a watchful eye on your woodworking budget as you made your purchases, chances are your machine has a three-knife cutterhead installed....


A Geometry Lesson in Veneer

Part 4: Louis cubes are a simple form (really!) of parquetry that is easier to make than it looks. By Marc Adams Page: 38-41From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue nowParquetry is cutting veneer and arranging it geometrically. By cutting and taping geometric pieces together in some fashion, a veneer project can come to life.If...


Design Matters: Essential Dividers

Unlock your creativity with this humble tool. By George Walker Page: 20-21From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue nowHow comfortable would you be giving up your tape measure? If that puts you in a cold sweat, I can relate. Time was when I worked only from prints, taking careful measurements to make accurate parts....


Tool Test: Crank Up Your Router

By Glen D. Huey Page: 18From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue nowBack in the day, you had to remove your router from the table to change bits, and fine adjustments required twisting the tool while under the table. Later, lifts were raised or lowered to gain access to the collet and dial in the...