February 2013 #202

Popular Woodworking Magazine February 13 Cover In “Southern Cellarette,” the cover story for the February 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, Glen D. Huey builds a classic 18th-century liquor cabinet. This elegant walnut, maple and pine box is made with dividers to store your most prized and rare bottles. Wilbur Pan explores the world of “Japanese Chisels” and explains that, contrary to popular belief, they’re good for hardwoods as well as soft. Learn to create stunningly vibrant and detailed in inlays in “Shell, Stone & Metal Inlay.” Employing some of the knowledge he gleaned from his family’s jewelry business, Marco Cecala shows you step by step how to inlay a flower pattern. Darrel Peart makes a Greene & Greene-style bed with simplified construction in “A Bed for the Thorsen House.” Journey to the world’s largest producer of natural Arkansas oilstones in “Dan’s Whetstones.” In “Fast Fix for Teetering Legs,” Gary Rogowski demonstrates an unorthodox table saw trick for put your wobbly four-legged furniture back on solid ground.

In this month’s tool test, we take a look at “Blue Spruce Firmer Chisels,” the “Micro Fence Micro Plunge Base” and the “Veritas ‘Workshop Striking Knife.’”

In this month’s Design Matters, “A Practiced Eye,” George R. Walker shows you how straight lines can help you generate pleasing curves. In Arts & Mysteries, Adam Cherubini examines whether 18th-century tools and techniques work for modern pieces in “Tools Chest Case Construction.” Flexner on Finishing explores “Wipe-on Finishes.” And finally in End Grain, W. Paul Olsen talks about a gift from his loving wife in “Frankenbench.” And of course you’ll find Letters and Tricks of the Trade.

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Tool Test: Micro Fence Micro Plunge Base

By Steve Shanesy Page 16 In the world of routers and routing accessories, it seems that small is big these days. The popularity of trim routers has been growing for some time; in fact, it’s now been a couple years since we praised Micro Fence’s plunge router base for the Bosch Colt, and we...

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Tool Test: Blue Spruce Firmer Chisels

These traditional tools are a throwback for a thoroughly modern maker. By Christopher Schwarz Page 14 Perhaps the last tools I ever expected to come out of the Blue Spruce Toolworks are the most traditional set of modern bench chisels I have ever used. After all, Dave Jeske of Blue Spruce has spent all...

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Design Matters: A Practiced Eye

Straight lines will help you generate pleasing curves.By George R. Walker Pages 18-20I know a potter who’s worked clay on a wheel for more than a quarter-century. His practiced eye has a keen sense for curved forms, honed by shaping tens of thousands of pots. I admire his work and also the fact that he...

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Arts & Mysteries: Tool Chest Case Construction

Do 18th-century tools and techniques always work for modern pieces?By Adam Cherubini Pages 58-59I’m in the middle of the construction of a machinist’s-style chest to hold some of my smaller or modern woodworking tools. My goal with this project was to recognize the tool-storage needs of the majority of woodworkers and build something that would...

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Flexner on Finishing: Wipe-on Finishes

How can something so simple be made so hard to understand?By Bob Flexner Page 60-62It’s probably fair to say that a majority, or at least a large minority, of woodworkers use a finish they can wipe on and off the wood. No expensive spray gun; not even any brush cleanup. Simple.At least the application is...

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End Grain: ‘Frankenbench’

A dream deferred – and that’s just fine.By W. Paul Olsen Page 64I’ve dreamed about my Workbench for years. It will be solid maple, top to bottom. It will have traditional face and tail vises, with a sliding deadman between. The top? Two 31⁄2"-thick laminated slabs separated by a set of four individual tool trays...