April 2004

Out of the Woodwork: Pride for Sale

I wanted my profit margin high but my ego was knocked low. By Angelo Paino Page: 104 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Like most woodworkers I dreamed of transforming my talent into a profitable career where I could pursue my passion and make a decent living at the same...

From the Bench: The Basic Bench Hook

Three pieces of wood make crosscutting and planing easier – no matter where you work. By Don McConnell Pages: 98-100 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now It’s difficult to imagine the wooden bench hook without its almost constant companion, the backsaw. Indeed, this association is so strong that an alternative...

Flexner on Finishing: Battling Blotching

Forget wood conditioner and go for gel stain. By Bob Flexner Pages: 94-95 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now You’ve heard me say this before, and I’m sure you’ll hear me say it again: The worst single thing that can happen in wood finishing is blotching – that is, uneven...

Stop Rust Now

If it’s metallic, odds are it’s rusting. But why? And how can you slow it down? By Michael Rabkin Pages: 90-93 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Rust is the bane of woodworking tools. Once it appears, it seems to spread like cancer. For woodworkers in humid, salty climates (such...

Metal-bodied Spokeshaves

After years of having only poorly made tools to choose from, woodworkers now have some excellent new spokeshaves at their disposal. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 84-89 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Most woodworkers I know consider spokeshaves to be little more than wretched pieces of painted iron and steel....

Japanese Garden Bench

Combine five 2x4s, a handful of screws and a long afternoon to build a handsome and sturdy sitting spot for your deck or garden. By Christopher Schwarz & Kara Gebhart Pages: 80-83 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now My father always has had a knack for doing more with less....

Building a Drawing

Some classical guidelines to technical drawings. By John Hutchinson Pages: 74-79 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Afew months after my “CAD for Woodworkers” article appeared in the June 2003 issue of Popular Woodworking, I noticed a recurring frustration in reader feedback. It was usually a variation on, “OK, I’ve...

Entirely by Hand

Chairmaker Don Weber offers a sample of how simple projects can spring from the forest and the sweat of your brow. By Don Weber Pages: 68-73 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Afew years ago, I needed a bedside table for my cuppa and a book on those rare “lie-in”...

Can You Hear Me Now? Good.

Woodworking can destroy your hearing in a hurry. Learn the right ways to protect it. By Cynthia S. Eades Pages: 62-67 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Safety devices are commonplace around our homes and workshops. We wear gloves to protect our hands, boots to protect our feet and eyeglasses...