October 2013 #206

Popular Woodworking Magazine October 13 Cover In “Shaker Blanket Chest,” the cover story for the October 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, Megan Fitzpatrick builds a near-reproduction of an unusual blanket chest made at Union Village, now housed at White Water Shaker Village in southern Ohio. It uses half-blind dovetails on all corners, and has more in common with a typical sugar chest than most Shaker blanket chests. Andrew Lunn helps you discover what really matters when choosing a handsaw in “Hang with a Saw Maker.” Learn how simple carvings can transform scraps into a 17th-century work of art in “Joined (& Adorned) Bookstand” by Peter Follansbee. In “Dutch Tool Chest,” Christopher Schwarz brings you a traditional traveling chest that is faster and easier to build than a floor chest. Toshio Odate journies to his own past as well as the history of his native Japan to produce a kōshi-do – sliding latticed doors traditionally used in temples – that he first built as an apprentice in 1950s.

In this month’s Tool Test, we review revived joinery tools from France in “Liogier Floats,” as well as the “Milwaukee ‘101N1’ Ratchet Multi-bit Driver” and the “JET 719200 Variable-speed Wood Lathe.”

In this month’s Design Matters, learn woodworking “Sketching Strategies” from George R. Walker. Robert W. Lang shows you how “The Mighty Compass” is the solution to many layout and construction problems in Woodworking Essentials. In Arts & Mysteries, Adam Cherubini writes that today’s drilling bits have nothing on historical practice in “Boring in the 18th Century.” Bob Flexner delivers a “Brief History of HVLP,” which was influenced by vacuum cleaners, in Flexner on Finishing. Finally in End Grain, Glen Hart draws from his career as a piano tuner and repairer to argue against hyper-detailed cutlists in “In Tune with Woodworking.”


Shaker Blanket Chest

This piece from White Water Village shows a Southern influence. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages 24-31 Buy This Issue Now A typical for Shaker blanket chests, this piece (a near replica of an extant example built at Union Village and now at the White Water Shaker Village) has half-blind dovetails on all corners. The layout – side...


Joined (& Adorned) Bookstand

Simple carvings transform scraps into a 17th-century-style work of art. By Peter Follansbee Pages 37-41 Buy This Issue Now Scraps, offcuts, shorts and odds and ends are bits of wood that accumulate around the shops of most woodworkers I know. Reminiscent of Donald Hall’s book, “String Too Short to Be Saved,” they are a lignin guilt trip,...


Dutch Tool Chest

This traditional traveling chest is faster and easier to build than a floor chest. By Christopher Schwarz Pages 42-47 Buy This Issue Now Not everyone has the time, materials or skills to build a full-scale traditional floor chest, which can have as many as 100 dovetails and banks of precisely fit sliding trays. And while I’m a fan...

Installed Koshi-do


A new entrance to a master’s studio comes from the beginning of his career. By Toshio Odate Pages 48-52 Buy This Issue Now The kōshi-do form (a latticed door) has existed since ancient times in Japanese temples, and has long been used to divide the exterior and interior, and sometimes as a room divider. Slide Show: More...


Tool Test: Liogier Floats

Old machines are revived to produce new joinery and plane-making tools. By Robert W. Lang Page 18 Buy This Issue Now Until a few years ago, floats were one of the least-known traditional tools in woodworking. Planemaker Larry Williams made them, and he worked with Lie-Nielsen when it introduced a line of these unique shaving tools a...


Design Matters: Sketching Strategies

As with woodworking skills, design and drawing skills take practice. By George R. Walker Pages 20-22 Buy This Issue Now For many woodworkers, design seems like a leap into the unknown. It’s one thing to teach our hands to saw to a curved line; it’s quite another to summon our eye to conjure a fair curve. Blog: Read...