October 2010 #185

Popular Woodworking October 2010 issueThe cover project of the October 2010 Popular Woodworking issue is an Arts & Crafts sideboard by Robert W. Lang that combines classic elements from Gustav Stickley, Harvey Ellis and Greene & Greene.

Michael Dunbar reveals how to understand and use a bowsaw – a traditional tool that is woefully misunderstood by modern woodworkers.

In his second installment, Toshio Odate and his assistant add an innovative drawer design to Magobei’s dining table.

Marc Adams contends that veneer is the future. In this first of a series of articles, he shows how to get started using this material that was used on the finest furniture of the past.

A shop experiment answers the question of where glue goes, and leads its author to adopt a new gluing technique.

Peter Follansbee shows how to build an unusual 17th-century three-legged turned chair.

The I Can Do That project is a rustic factory cart coffee table.

Bob Flexner teaches you the best ways to optimize a spray gun.

George R. Walker takes us on a visit to the shop of designer and craftsman Brooke Smith.

Our staff tests an Earlex Spray Station, a Karl Holtey No. 82 and the Bosch Power Box stereo in this issue’s Tool Test.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras (downloads, etc.) can be found inside each article.

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Online Extras: October 2010 Issue

Online Extras for the October 2010 issue include the free SketchUp model for the Factory Cart Coffee Table, a free 3-D model of the buffet cabinet project in SketchUp format, a video of Michael Dunbar using a large and a small bowsaw, video of a visit to the David R. Webb veneer mill, a...


End Grain: Chainsaw Massacre

Premeditated cedar slaughter satisfies. By Joe Asnault Page: 64From the October 2010 issue # 185 Buy this issue nowI made the decision to murder with a tinge of remorse because I have heard more than a billion times during the last few years that we need trees to help stem global warming. But the beauty...


Flexner of Finishing: Optimize a Spray Gun

A simple test reveals ideal pressure for atomization. By Bob Flexner Pages: 54-56From the October 2010 issue # 185 Buy this issue nowSpray guns can run off a compressor or a turbine. With turbines the air pressure is established by the number of “stages,” usually two, three or four. Each stage corresponds to about 2...


Where Does the Glue Go?

Thirst, not starvation, leads to weak glue joints. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 52-53From the October 2010 issue # 185 Buy this issue nowOn my first day on the job as an apprentice cabinetmaker, my task was to glue together radiator panels for an office building. Two sticks of solid wood with tongues on one...


Magobei’s Dining Table: Part 2

The fear of a sagging tabletop leads to a solution that incorporates Western joints and Japanese aesthetics. By Toshio Odate Pages: 46-50From the October 2010 issue # 185 Buy this issue nowMany countries have their own woodworking traditions, which are often a combination of mythology and ideology. The Japanese are no exception, and those traditions...


Veneer is the Future: Part 1

We make the case that the material used on the finest furniture of the past should be in your future. By Marc Adams Pages: 38-45From the October 2010 issue # 185 Buy this issue nowI work with veneers! There I said it – this must be what it feels like to come out of the...


Understand & Use a Bowsaw

These traditional tools are woefully misunderstood by modern craftsmen. Here’s a primer. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 34-37From the October 2010 issue # 185 Buy this issue nowIn the 1970s when I was the young, innocent and naive chairmaker at Strawbery Banke, a museum in Portsmouth, N.H., 50,000 tourists passed through my shop each summer. It...