June 2007 #162

Popular Woodworking June 2007 issueThe workbench is often called the largest tool in the shop. That’s why the June 2007 issue of Popular Woodworking features workbenches.

In our Woodworking Essentials series on setting up your shop, we lay out the rules that will help you pick the best bench features for the way you work.

We put two-base router kits in the hands of a professional woodworker and turn him loose to find his favorite.

Mario Rodriguez details the techniques for veneering with hot hide glue.

Michael Dunbar presents a primer on using handplanes.

Glen Huey builds a reproduction sugar chest.

Troy Sexton shares the secrets for a finish that looks centuries old.

Detailed article previews are below. Online extras can be found here.


Antique Barn Finish

Add centuries of wear and tear to your projects using a tested formula that’s simple and safe – no open flame! By Troy Sexton Pages: 78-83 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now This is the furniture finish that fooled our local auctioneer, a man with 30 years of experience selling...


Great Woodshops: Songs from the Workbench

Singer and songwriter Guy Clark builds both melodies and guitars in the woodshop of his Nashville home. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 84-86 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now Songwriter, singer and luthier Guy Clark doesn’t like technology. “I put away all my recording stuff, built this workbench, ordered some wood...


Out of the Woodwork: The Quest for the Holy Tail

Klausz, Kirby … or WoodRat? By Dick Mallard Page: 96 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now The sacred dovetail, the Holy Grail of woodworking, done by hand, marks ascension from Shop Sweeper to Master Craftsman. Pins first or tails first: that is the question. Are you a Frank Klausz man...


At the Lathe: Round Bowl; Square Rim

‘Found-edge’ turnings offer unique edge shapes and a glimpse at wood origins. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 90-93 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now Square bowls – or perhaps more accurately, found-edge bowls – are one of my favorite variations on the general theme of natural-edge pieces. I started making these...


Handplanes for Beginners

Once you understand the anatomy of a handplane, you’ll be well on your way to using it with success. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 70-77 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now Handplanes are the king of woodworking tools in that they are the most versatile tool in a shop. They do...


Old School Veneering

Traditional methods with a veneer hammer and hot hide glue. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 64-69 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now Veneering has been practiced for thousands of years. It’s a way to take some of the world’s most spectacular but unstable woods, cut them to paper-thinness and glue them...


Real World Router Test

A woodworking pro takes on 9 router kits to find his favorite. By Troy Sexton Pages: 57-63 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now I’m a full-time professional woodworker, so I need my tools to be reliable. And I absolutely hate to waste time. I make money when I’m doing something...


Southern Sugar Chest

This 19th-century piece was designed to safeguard a then-precious commodity. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 34-40 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now Not so long ago, obtaining sugar wasn’t easy. It’s difficult to believe that the commodity we have in almost everything today was scarce and highly valued in the...