October 2005 #150

Popular Woodworking October 2005Master cabinetmaker Frank Klausz has taught thousands of woodworkers to hand cut dovetails quickly and easily. His secret? Stop measuring. Learn more about this radical idea in the October 2005 issue of Popular Woodworking.

Everyone’s talking about the new Saw Stop Cabinet Saw. We spent the summer trying one out and give you our in depth report.

Make a set of display shelves and learn how to bend wood without steaming by utilizing the technique of bent lamination.

Frank Lloyd Wright didn’t design a prairie-style coffee table. Our 21st-century homage is simple to build, great looking and functional.

Shiplapped cabinet backs are a good alternative to plywood.

Our Arts & Mysteries series continues with The Secret to Sawing Fast. Learn how to use your hand saw efficiently.

Review available jigs and techniques for setting jointer and planer knives.

Woodworking Essentials begins a new series, Casework Construction: Beginning Principles.

Wood conditioner confusion is cleared up by Bob Flexner’s clear explanation and techniques.

Blacksmith and chair bodger Don Weber connects blacksmithing and woodworking in The Magic of Iron and Fire.

We show you how to run 240v and 120v circuits to your shop in Efficient Shop Wiring.

Our new feature, Ingenious Jigs, builds a great table for your drill press.

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

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Dovetails, The Pope’s Coffin and the Unidentified Craftsman

A quest to find the builder of this famous project. By Kara Gebhart Uhl Page: 52 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now The morning after Pope John Paul II’s funeral, John Darrow, Frank Klausz’s finisher, asked Klausz, “Did you see the pope’s coffin?” Klausz hadn’t. “It has big, big pins...


Frank Klausz’s Final Word on Dovetails

Stop measuring and simply learn how to saw straight. By Frank Klausz Pages: 46-51 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now The dovetail is an ancient joint widely used in cathedrals, barns and Egyptian furniture. It is the right joint for many items including fine furniture, carcases, drawers and jewelry boxes....


Arts & Mysteries: The Secrets to Sawing Fast

The traditional hand saw (when wielded correctly) can size all your stock. Here’s a basic primer. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 42-45 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Hand saws were used to make some of the finest furniture ever built. They are very clearly capable of producing accurate cuts. Hand...


Ingenious Jigs: A Better Table for a Drill Press

Hold and guide your work like never before with this fixture that will (finally) fix your drill press. By Eric Hedberg Pages: 36-40 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now There probably isn’t any machine more ignored in my shop than my drill press. Even though I use it constantly for...


Tool Test: JessEm Miter Gauge – Worth the Money

By Robert W. Lang Page: 34 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now A high price tag brings high expectations and the JessEm Mite-R-Excel lives up to its price. Thoughtfully  engineered and nicely made, the gauge uses a pair of brass pins to lock in angle adjustments in 1/2° increments. I...


Tool Test: Veritas Scrub Plane Can Blaze Through a Board

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 33 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Though I own a powered jointer and planer, I always keep a scrub plane close by. It’s good for dressing boards that are too wide for my powered equipment, or for adding a scalloped texture to the surfaces of...