October 2009 #178

Popular Woodworking October 2009 issueA benchtop table saw graces the cover of the October 2009 Popular Woodworking. Can it earn a place in your shop? Find out which ones make the cut as we put five models through our test.

Mike Dunbar wrote the book on making Windsor chairs. He shares with the Windsor shop stool that has been in use at his school for more than 20 years.

Glen Huey builds an inlaid Bible box. There’s no doubt it’s a great project, but there is doubt about the origins of its name.

Finishing is a problem for many woodworkers. Bob Flexner is the man with the answers to five common finishing problems.

In our Arts & Mysteries column, Adam Cherubini works on the mystery of gluing up a Philadelphia Chippendale chair.

Marc Adams looks at modern answers in the Understanding Glue: Part 2 article.

Deneb Puchalski teaches hand plane techniques to thousands of woodworkers every year. In his first article for Popular Woodworking he reveals one of his secrets in the Tiny Teeth Tame Tear-Out article.

We take a road trip to see how sandpaper is made.

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

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Windsor Shop Stool

A comfortable seat can make a big difference in your work. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 39-45 From the October 2009 issue #178 Buy this issue now I designed this stool for a special purpose – making chairs. The stool places a chairmaker above the chair seat. This position is more comfortable when assembling the...


Benchtop Table Saws

Riving knives have made benchtop table saws ‘new’ again. Could one be the tool for your shop?By Glen D. Huey Pages: 32-38 From the October 2009 issue #178 Buy this issue now When you scanned this issue’s cover and discovered an article on benchtop table saws, you might have questioned our sanity; or you...


Tool Test: A Feature-packed Trim Router from Ridgid

By Glen D. Huey Page: 30 From the October 2009 issue #178 Buy this issue now Around my shop, if there is edge routing to be done, I reach for a trim router. The tool’s smaller size fits comfortably in your hand and turns most tasks into a one-hand operation. This frees your off...


Tool Test: Cutting-edge Grinding From Sorby

By Robert W. Lang Page: 30 From the October 2009 issue #178 Buy this issue now Traditional sharpening of cutting tools involves grinding, getting the tool shaped properly and honing, then refining that shaped edge. There is no shortage of devices for either task, but if you struggle with grinding, the Sorby ProEdge System...


Tool Test: Stanley’s New Premium Plane

The venerable tool company stages a comeback in the woodworking market. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 28 From the October 2009 issue #178 Buy this issue now It has been a long time since The Stanley Works built a handplane that was aimed at the demanding woodworker. But this year, the company shocked the hand-tool...


I Can Do That: Fish Sticks

This trivet is simple and fun to make – in any number of shapes. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 24-25 From the October 2009 issue #178 Buy this issue now This simple trivet is incredibly easy to make, and very inexpensive. I spent $16.44 (including tax) for four 1/2″ x 2″ x 4′ pieces of...


Arts & Mysteries: Sticking Together

Anatomy of an 18th-century chair glue-up. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 20-23 From the October 2009 issue #178 Buy this issue now Eighteenth-century Philadelphia’s iconic Chippendale-style chairs featured unique joinery. Unlike earlier Philadelphia chairs or New England chairs of the same period, Philadelphia Chippendale-style chairs didn’t have lower stretchers (joining the legs together beneath the...