October 2007 #164

Popular Woodworking October 2007 issueIn the October 2007 issue of Popular Woodworking, find out how to dress a board using a handplane so it’s flatter than a machine can achieve. David Charlesworth shows you how.

Frank Klausz builds a Ruhlmann-style poker table.

Senior Editor Robert W. Lang builds a miter saw stand that actually makes sense.

John Wilson shows you how to make your own spokeshave (including the metalwork).

Ted Brown shows you how to design your projects using MDF and a glue gun.

As always, there’s lots of stuff from the regulars: Adam Cherubini dovetails drawers in the old style, Judy Ditmer shows you how to turn new tool handles and Bob Flexner explains sanding in a way that makes sense.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras for this issue are found in their respective articles.


Out of the Woodwork: Turning Pro

No sick days, no paid vacations and no IT department – but it’s worth it. By Michael Dunbar Page: 96 From the October 2007 issue #164 Buy this issue now Ah, going pro – telling your boss to take your day job and stick it in his ear while you go off to earn...


At the Lathe: Turning Oval Tool Handles

Grip allows greater leverage with less pressure, and can be custom-fit. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 90-93 From the October 2007 issue #164 Buy this issue now If you’ve ever used a small-handled screwdriver to turn a tight screw, you know that having a decent handle is half the battle. A larger handle makes it...


Great Woodshops: The Home Shop

John Wilson has made a successful career out of writing, teaching and selling a Shaker craft. By Kara Gebhart Uhl Pages: 82-85 From the October 2007 issue #164 Buy this issue now In 1977, Wilson received an offer to teach furniture making at Michigan’s Lansing Community College. There was only one catch: The class...


Flexner on Finishing: Rules for Sanding Wood

Material and finish choice help dictate grit progression. By Bob Flexner Pages: 79-81 From the October 2007 issue #164 Buy this issue now The objective of sanding wood is to remove mill marks, which are caused by woodworking machines, and to remove other flaws such as dents and gouges that may have been introduced...


Ruhlmann-style Poker Table

Architect, master craftsman and client design the ultimate gaming table. By Frank Klausz Pages: 72-78 From the October 2007 issue #164 Buy this issue now Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann was one of the finest designers of the Art Deco period. In the 1920s, he designed and produced many memorable pieces of furniture as well as other...


Mobile Clamp Cart

This small rack rolls easily to anywhere you need it. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 70-71 From the October 2007 issue #164 Buy this issue now There is an old saying in woodworking that you can’t have too many clamps. While this is true, it is entirely possible to have too many clamps in...


From Concept to Completion, Part 1

Designing a project from scratch. By Ted Brown Pages: 66-69 From the October 2007 issue #164 Buy this issue now Where does a concept come from? For me, it starts with a need – either of my own, or that of a client. In this case, my client needs side tables to go at...


Making a Spokeshave

Make this tool in your workshop using scrap wood and a piece of tool steel. By John Wilson Pages: 60-65 From the October 2007 issue #164 Buy this issue now If you have been reading these pages during the past few years, you have been introduced to the traditional spokeshave. I’m going to show...