October 2011 #192

Popular Woodworking October 2011 issueOur cover story for the October 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking is on the tantalizing try square that helped launch Bridge City Tool Works (BCTW). In Try for Your Best Work, BCTW founder John Economaki shows you how to make the iconic square using tools found in most woodworking shops.

In Diamond Banding, Rob Millard uses a common router bit and a simple jig to yield a jewel of an inlay piece in the Federal style.

In The Best Oak Money Can’t Buy, Peter Follansbee tells you why riven oak is the best wood for joinery (and how to do it), but that it comes at a cost – your physical labor.

In Portuguese Folding Table, Online Community Editor Ajax Alexandre builds a clever table that is simple to build and folds up flat for easy portability and storage.

In Make a Chair That Rocks, Jeff Miller teaches you how a bit of geometry and a simple prototype will ensure your rocking chair design will result in a comfortable seat and a smooth ride.

Discover Toshio Odate’s philosophy in A Teacup & 8 Dinner Plates, which derives from the ancient Japanese belief that many objects have a spirit.

In this month’s Tool Test, we check out General’s beefed up mortiser, Veritas’ Dual Marking Gauge, and the ’3Rill’ drill by Rockwell.

In Design Matters, George R. Walker discusses how getting off the straight path can be liberating.

In Arts & Mysteries, Adam Cherubini goes over whetstone sharpening.

In I Can Do That, Managing Editor Megan Fitzpatrick build a small bench that is ideal for a hallway or porch.

In Flexner on Finishing, Bob Flexner discusses four short (but crucial) finishing subjects.

In The Addict (the End Grain column), Kevin Thomas discusses how he doesn’t want a cure for his woodworking problem.

Plus, Christopher Schwarz’s final On the Level.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras (downloads, links, etc.) are found within that article.

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Arts & Mysteries: Whetstone Sharpening

Part 1: No flat back. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 24-25 From the October 2011 issue #192 Buy this issue now I’ve tried most sharpening systems. I started with sandpaper and glass because it was cost-effective. It’s still tough to beat. You don’t have to worry about maintenance. If the paper rips or clogs, you throw it...

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End Grain: The Addict

It’s not a problem – and I don’t want a cure. By Kevin Thomas Page: 64 From the October 2011 issue #192 Buy the issue now “Hi. My name is Kevin and I’m a woodworking addict.” That’s how I feel I should start each meeting of our local woodworkers’ guild. My only problem is, it’s a...

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Design Matters: Curve Appeal

Getting off the straight path can be liberating. By George R. Walker Pages: 22-23 From the October 2011 issue #192 Buy this issue now I can see it with my eyes shut: a curving stretch of highway snaking past Otter Cliffs in Acadia National Park. Each twist in the road opens up a jaw-dropping vista of...

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Flexner on Finishing: Odds & Ends

Four short (but crucial) finishing subjects. By Bob Flexner Pages: 58-60 From the October 2011 issue #192 Buy the issue now What follows are four concise – but important – finishing topics about which you’ve likely wondered. 1 – Metamerism Most of us have experienced a situation where we finish a project in our shop or garage to...

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Tricks of the Trade

A Simple Toothing Plane By Kari Hultman Pages: 16-17 From the October 2011 issue #192 Buy the issue now For 35 years I’ve used toothing planes on veneers, especially ones with swirling grain. With sawn veneers, the toother is the fastest way to make them flat (but not smooth). The pattern made by the plane increases...

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Diamond Banding

A common router bit and simple jig yield a jewel of an inlay piece. By Rob Millard Pages: 34-37 From the October 2011 issue #192 Buy this issue now I’m in awe of the cleverness of period woodworkers. Working with simple tools, they created objects of art that have stood the test of time....