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.

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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...


I Can Do That: A Shapely Shaker Shelf

The mouldings dress up the shelf while building the drawer increases your skills. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 32-33 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now In the 1989 edition of the Willis Henry Shaker auction of ephemera, woodenware and furniture, this Canterbury, N.H., shelf  immediately caught my eye. I’ve incorporated...


Arts & Mysteries: Standing Desk – The Lower Case

How to build your first as if it’s your hundredth. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 28-30 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now Period accounts indicate 18th-century American cabinetmakers typically produced a wide variety of products. They were neither quite as specialized as some would have it, nor did they produce particularly...


Tool Test: Steel City 13″ Planer is a Solid Contender

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 26 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now The new Steel City Tool Works machines we’ve tested have been solid tools with few frills at a fair price. And the company’s newest 13″ portable planer, the 40200, fits in well with the company’s other products. From the...


Tool Test: Marcou S20A Smoothing Plane Great for Exotics

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 26 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now If you work with exotic woods – the nasty, stringy stuff that no plane can tame – then Philip Marcou would like to build you an equally exotic handplane. Marcou, a New Zealand cabinetmaker-turned-toolmaker, builds premium planes designed to...


Tool Test: Zona – The Best $9 Backsaw

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 25 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now Sometimes the laws of time, space and economics get bent. And in the case of this Zona-brand saw, sometimes the laws get broken. The Zona is a 24 tpi backsaw with a 6-1/2″-long blade, 1-3/4″ maximum depth of cut,...