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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Tool Test: A Fusion of Saws & Colors

By Glen D. Huey Page: 18From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue nowGrizzly’s newest hybrid table saw is from the Polar Bear series. It’s priced under $800, and that’s seldom seen these days. The G0715P has a fully enclosed cabinet for better dust collection and a 2-horsepower motor that’s tucked inside the cabinet....

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On the Level: What’s a Workbench Worth?

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 8 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now In 2005, I loaned my French workbench to a friend to use in his booth at a woodworking show. As I rolled the 350-pound behemoth onto the show’s floor, I heard a couple wolf whistles (really?), then one of...