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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The Wood Whisperer: To Build or Buy?

Cost, time and a spouse’s patience help determine the course of action. By Marc Spagnuolo Pages: 24-25 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now It’s a dilemma nearly every woodworker must face. Whether you are a weekend warrior or a woodworking pro, eventually you will ask yourself, “Should I build or...


Arts & Mysteries: A Period Finish

‘Authentic’ look is, at best, a guess. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 20-22 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now As period woodworkers, we strive to produce the most accurate furniture possible. We delight in the use of period tools, for they impart authenticity impossible to achieve by other (modern) means. But...


Out on a Limb: Getting Worked By the Wood

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now The garbage disposal was clogged with a chicken bone. And after three unsuccessful attempts to grind up the bone (and a little profanity for good measure), I reached my hand into the slimy hole. What I pulled out was...