November 2009 #179

Popular Woodworking November 2009 issueThe cover project for the November 2009 issue of Popular Woodworking is an LVL workbench where an 18th-century workbench design is met with a modern material: laminated veneer lumber.

John Wilson uses basic tools and straightforward techniques to guide you through building a classic Shaker swing-handle carrier.

Charles Bender shows you why secret drawers are as fun to make as they are to discover.

A knockdown computer desk creates portable storage for a computer tower and books.

Kevin Glen Drake reveals how a mini-lathe won’t break the budget.

Find basic tips on turning for furniture makers.

You’ll learn how to improve the look and feel of your handplanes with the Making Totes & Knobs for Handplanes article.

Adam Cherubini gives his Philadelphia chair a period finish.

Bob Flexner walks you through the thick and thin of veneer repair.

Our I Can Do That column features a handsome simplified Stickley bookcase.

We put the American “Bad Axe” Saws to the test in this month’s Tool Test.

Marc Spagnuolo answers the question of whether it’s better to build or buy.

Rob Porcaro shows you how to build shop-made dovetail markers.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras (downloads, etc.) for this issue can be found inside each article.

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Making Totes & Knobs for Handplanes

Custom grips can make the difference between a usable plane and one that just gathers dust. By Charles Murray Pages: 45-47 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now Over the years I’ve collected a few handplanes. I’ve found out (as many collectors before me) that although many handles look the same,...


Turning for Furniture Makers

Why almost every woodworker should own a lathe – and how to get started. By Kevin Glen Drake Pages: 42-44 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now Woodworkers and woodturners tend to travel in their own circles, but a lathe is a very useful tool, even for the occasional turner, as...


LVL Workbench

Tradition meets technology when we marry an 18th-century workbench design with modern laminated veneer lumber. By Christopher Schwarz & Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 32-41 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now When it comes to workbench designs, I think it is difficult to improve on the 18th-century designs developed in Europe, England...


I Can Do That: Simplified Stickley Bookcase

Great design and hidden screws make this a must-build project. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 30-31 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now If you’ve perused the pages of our sister publication, Woodworking Magazine, you might have seen this piece in the Spring 2005 issue. We dug through the archives to...


Tool Test: New Joint Tweakers Will Float Your Boat

By Robert W. Lang Page: 27 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now Floats are interesting tools; they’re similar to a file and a rasp, but with grooves across the working surface that act like a gang of scrapers. They excel at tweaking tenons and modifying mortises to achieve a perfect...


Tool Test: Makita Delivers a Compact Impact Driver

By Glen D. Huey Page: 29 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now The newest members of the handheld power-tool party are impact tools. Everywhere you turn you see impact drivers and wrenches being pushed as the best tool for anyone’s shop. But we’ve often wondered just what woodworkers need with...


Tool Test: American ‘Bad Axe’ Saws

A sawmaker builds tools inspired by the classic American forms of the 19th century. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 26 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now The recent bumper crop of new handsaw makers has produced a lot of beautiful tools that cut brilliantly. And while almost all these new makers...