June 2013 #204

Popular Woodworking Magazine June 13 Cover

In “Hannah’s Inlaid Chest,” the cover story for the June 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, managing editor Glen D. Huey recreates the 1746 chest of Hannah Pyle, daughter of an accomplished Pennsylvania woodworker, which now resides at the Winterthur museum. Huey uses scratch inlay to create the beautiful line-and-berry patterns inlaid on the piece. Charles Bender visits the historic home of Wharton Esherick, the “Dean of American Craftsman,” at Valley Forge Mountain in Pennsylvania in “Wharton Esherick. Learn to build a tiny, portable and full-featured little workbench that will clamp to almost any solid surface with Christopher Schwarz in “The Milkman’s Workbench.” Bob Rozaieski builds a “Chimney Cupboard” – a classic piece of furniture that offers lots of storage space with a small footprint. The simple hand-tool build produces an impressive finished piece. Add a “Wall-mounted Server” to the dining room of your home using a trick Steve Shanesy teaches you that magically suspends this project against wall. In “Mortises by Router 3 Ways,” Gary Rogowski demonstrates three methods for effectively cutting mortises with a router.

In this month’s tool test, we take a look at the “Makita LXT Cordless Sander,” a “Monster Jointer Plane from Scott Meek Woodworks,” the “Veritas Handsaw File Holder” and the “Easy Chuck from Easy Wood Tools.”

In this month’s Woodworking Essentials, Robert W. Lang teaches you how to choose essential shaping tools in “Hand-stitched Rasps.” In “Modern Chest, Period Methods,” Adam Cherubini asks is period tools are right for post-industrial methods and materials in Arts & Mysteries. In Flexner on Finishing, Bob Flexner shows you “How to Choose a Finish” by simple process of elimination. And finally, Mike Hudson decides “It’s Time” to retire from his career as a chemical plant engineer and build grandfather clocks in End Grain.

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Hannah’s Inlaid Chest

Router and hand tools combine for line and berry inlay on this 18th-century piece. By Glen D. Huey Pages 20-25 In 1746, at the age of four, Hannah Pyle stored her prized possessions in a small three-drawer chest with line and berry inlay. Lines of holly stringing on the front of that chest included her date of...


Wharton Esherick

Discover the ‘Dean of American Craftsmen.’ By Charles Bender Pages 26-30 After a long, slow, winding drive up Valley Forge Mountain in Pennsylvania, the treeline parts. Through the underbrush several buildings seem to emerge from the hillside. These are not the tightly tended gardens of Winterthur or Longwood, where most of my period reproduction work would feel...


The Milkman’s Workbench

This full-featured benchtop allows you to do serious woodworking – and it clamps to any solid surface. By Christopher Schwarz Pages 31-35 One of the best things about working with hand tools is you don’t need much shop space – often a corner of a bedroom provides enough space. And a complete tool kit fits in a...


Chimney Cupboard

This classic furniture piece offers lots of storage in a small footprint – and it’s a simple hand-tool build. By Bob Rozaieski Pages 36-41 I need some additional storage space in my 7' x 13' shop, however, space in my shop is at a premium. At the moment, every inch of floor and wall space is occupied,...


Wall-mounted Server

A neat trick magically suspends this dining room project. By Steve Shanesy Pages 42-45 As empty nesters, my wife and I recently said goodbye to the family homestead and downsized to a smaller house. Our generously sized dining room was traded for “dining space” at the new place. Our dining room furniture wasn’t going to fit. My challenge...


Mortises by Router 3 Ways

Machined mortises are quick to cut and accurate. By Gary Rogowski Page 46-48 My old friend from college is a physicist who launches rockets into the sky for a living; let me just say that he is a very bright fellow. But he has also told me that the router is the quickest way for him to...


Flexner on Finishing: How to Choose a Finish

Your decision is simplified by the process of elimination. By Bob Flexner Pages 60-62 At some point as you progress in woodworking, you begin to realize that there are many finishes to choose among; you probably ask yourself if you are using the best finish for your project. Choosing is not as hard as it seems because...

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Arts & Mysteries: Modern Chest, Period Methods

In the end, are period tools right for post-Industrial materials? By Adam Cherubini Pages 58-59 I began my machinist’s chest project with the intention of using it to commune with the greater modern woodworking world. I wasn’t kidding. The chest is designed to hold the miscellaneous tools that I think of as non-traditional, but in reality are...


Woodworking Essentials: Hand-stitched Rasps

Learn how to choose and use these essential shaping tools. By Robert W. Lang Pages 50-54 Rasps are simple tools, yet incredibly versatile. With a good rasp, you can remove band saw marks from a curved surface, shape a cabriole leg, round over an edge, tweak a tenon and modify a mortise. Powered by hand, they are...