June 2009 #176

Popular Woodworking June 2009 issueThe cover project for the June 2009 issue of Popular Woodworking is a joiner’s tool chest by Roy Underhill, host of The Woodwrights Shop. Not too big and not too small this chest is an ideal project to store your tools and sharpen your skills.

We also feature a knock-down outdoor chair by Simon Watts and a classic huntboard by senior editor Glen Huey.

New bedrock planes from Asia are making news, but are they worth it? Our expert review gives the details.

In Jig Journal, we build a no-frills router table that you can build in a few hours and use for years.

Adam Cherubini tackles low-relief carving in Arts & Mysteries.

Peter Follansbee shows how to carve a 17th-century panel.

Noted chairmaker Brian Boggs writes his first article for Popular Woodworking, sharing his techniques for ebonizing wood.

Our I Can Do That project is a magazine rack.

Bob Flexner helps us choose a finish for color.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras (downloads, videos, etc.) for this issue are found in the articles.

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Bed Rocks From Abroad

How do new imported smoothing planes compare to a Lie-Nielsen or Clifton? By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 56-58 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now Thanks to the success of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and Veritas at building premium handplanes, it’s no surprise that someone would start manufacturing Bed Rock-style handplanes in the Far...


Carve a 17th-Century Panel

Straightforward work with V-tools and gouges creates a lively result. By Peter Follansbee Pages: 51-55 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now Seventeenth-century New England joiners produced a variety of furniture forms; the most common surviving pieces are carved boxes and chests. The joined chests’ structure is a frame-and-panel format: often...


A Classic Huntboard

Ample storage and simple lines make this dining room server highly desirable. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 44-50 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now During the holidays, I remember as a youngster growing up, a card table set up in the dining room to stage the dinner platters. There was...


Ebonizing Wood

Achieve a deep, rich black using household ingredients plus some powder from a South American evergreen. By Brian Boggs Pages: 40-43 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now It’s hard to improve on the natural beauty of wood with all its various hues and grain patterns. For that reason I generally...


A Joiner’s Tool Chest

Not too big, not too small. This chest is a handy size for a basic set of tools. By Roy Underhill Pages: 32-39 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now It’s the modern joiner’s dilemma. An old house over in the next county has missing mouldings on the mantel, a kicked-in...


Tool Test: Ashley Iles Mk2 Bevel-edge Chisels

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 29 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now My first great set of chisels was made by Ashley Iles, a small manufacturer with deep roots in the toolmaking history of Sheffield, England. The steel was easy to sharpen and held its edge tenaciously. My only complaints were...


Tool Test: Woodpeckers PRL-V2 Precision Router Lift

By Glen D. Huey Page: 29 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now Routers perform a lot of work in the shop, but handheld routers are only part of the story. You can perform even more operations if you table-mount your router – but that setup is not beneficial if you...