April 2011

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Gustav Stickley Morris Chair

Reproduce an Arts & Crafts classic and reward yourself with the ultimate easy chair. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 28-35 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now In Gustav Stickley’s book Craftsman Homes, there is a picture of this chair with the following caption: “A big deep chair that means comfort to a tired man...

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SketchUp Update

As many of you have noticed, we are making improvements to the way you can view our free SketchUp models at Popular Woodworking Magazine. This feature has been enormously popular and we are looking forward to expanding the content that will be available. The site is currently under heavy construction by our online wizards...

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Precision Inlay, Simple Tools

A few shop-made appliances allow you to add stunning face-grain inlay to your work. By Jameel Abraham pages 38-43 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now Geometric bandings and inlay patterns, or parquetry, are widely used, from Japan to Egypt to Spain. I developed a method of creating parquetry while learning to build ouds, a...

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End Grain: CSI: Tools

It’s hard to hide the loot when your wife has detective skills. By Joe McMahon Page: 64 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now I am a toolaholic. There, I’ve said it. I’ve admitted my weakness. I am in need of a 12-step program. A 12-step program or a good surgeon. For you see, my...

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The Gottshall Block Challenge

A piece of scrap and an afternoon will challenge and stretch your skills. by Robert W. Lang Pages: 54-55 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now Imagine yourself in a shop class of 40 or 50 years ago. The assignment for the day is to lay out and cut the block shown in the photo...

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Variable-pitch Jack Plane

This jack plane can be easily set to work at 45° for rough work or 52° for smoothing chores. By John Wilson Pages: 48-53 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now The story of this plane goes back 20 years to a chance encounter I had with a Cecil Pierce jack plane. Pierce was a...

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Dovetailed Keepsake Box

Shortcuts learned as you build this classic box help you become a better joiner. By Glen. D. Huey Pages: 44-47 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now This box is chock-full, but don’t look on the inside. Check out the outside. It’s loaded with dovetail joinery – through dovetails on the front and half-blind dovetails...