October 2004

Popular Woodworking October 2004Our staff gives you the insight for setting up the best workshop for $1,500 in the October 2004 issue of Popular Woodworking. We give you the list of the tools that let you set up shop without maxing out your credit card or sacrificing accuracy.

Drawers are an essential component in many furniture projects. We offer four great tips to creating drawers in a simple, strong and fast way.

One afternoon – start to finish – is all it takes to create a tornado table. This 20th Century design may be the easiest (and coolest) table you’ll ever build.

Hand planes are the thoroughbreds of the shop. And this simple and effective hand plane cabinet is the barn.

A side-clamp honing guide is an essential jig that produces square, sharp edges every time.

Turn your framing square into a precision cabinetmaking tool.

Utilize vacuum pressure from a kitchen appliance to get glue into tight places.

Create age-old Mortise & Tenon joints using a router.

Learn the tricks for spindle-turning bottle stoppers.

Bob Flexner shows why it is not necessary to finish both sides of your tabletop to reduce warping.

Editor Steve Shanessy builds a steel-stringed guitar. Join him on his journey.

Learn to create your first cabriole legs using a template, band saw and a little lathe work.

Every project seems to require a block plane. Choose the right tool and learn to set it up properly.

Detailed article previews are below. Online extras can be found here.

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3-D Mortising Upgrade

A modified cross-sliding table turns your drill press or benchtop mortiser into a precision boring machine. By David Thiel Pages: 61-65 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Affordable benchtop mortisers have changed the way many woodworkers produce joinery for a variety of projects. By being able to conveniently make one...


Woodworking Essentials: Intro to the Table Saw

By Nick Engler Pages: 53-60 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Few tools have revolutionized a craft as much as table saws have changed woodworking. These saws saved tedious hand work and – beyond making single pieces – made it possible to precisely reproduce parts quickly and accurately. This affected...


Tornado Table

One afternoon – start to finish – is all it takes, even for a new woodworker. This may be the easiest (and coolest) table you’ll ever build. By Steve Shanesy & John Hutchinson Pages: 46-52 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now If mid-20th century modern furniture design were as popular...


At the Lathe: Bottle Stoppers

A simple lesson in spindle turning. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 42-44 These bottle stoppers are great projects for beginners and more advanced turners alike. Their relative ease of turning makes them a manageable project for beginners; for more advanced turners that simplicity offers the opportunity to focus on design. And they make nice gifts...


Great Woodshops: A Passion for Old Cast Iron

One woodworker’s quest has become a historical treasure trove for all to share. By David Thiel Pages: 38-40 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Dana Batory didn’t start out to become the authority on vintage woodworking machinery. His college education was leading him to a career in geology, but that...


Power-tool Joinery: Router-made Mortises & Tenons

There are many ways to make this joint, but none is better than with the router. By Bill Hylton Pages: 34-36 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now The traditional way to make a mortise is to chop it out with a chisel and mallet; the matching tenon is cut with...


Tool Test: Sjoberg Benchtops – One Less Thing to Build

By David Thiel Page: 32 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Every woodworker needs a workbench. Building one can be a very involved project that highlights the woodworker’s skills, or it can be a quick-and-dirty 2×4 version that’s destined to be “upgraded” some day. If you’re stuck with caviar tastes...