August 2009

Out of the Woodwork: Hook Kids with Simple Kits

A project prepped for children passes on the love of woodworking. By Joseph Ilardo Pages: 80 From the August 2009 issue #177 Buy this issue now A few weeks ago my daughter told me her 7-year-old twins had discovered the joy of working wood. With their Dad, they’d cut and nailed together a variety...

Flexner on Finishing: Wipe, Don’t Brush

Wiping is the efficient way to apply stain. By Bob Flexner Pages: 66-68 From the August 2009 issue #177 Buy this issue now The purpose of this article is to emphasize what I’ve said in passing many times in this column: It’s much more efficient to wipe stain onto wood with a rag than...

Great Woodshops: The Woodwright’s School

Check your cell phone and dozuki at the door. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 62-64 From the August 2009 issue #177 Buy this issue now Roy Underhill picks up the grungiest wooden jack plane you’ve ever seen and cradles the old tool tenderly in his workhardened hands. The tip of the plane’s tote is missing....

Understanding Glues: Part I

Delve into the characteristics and properties of the 7 families of glue and adhesives. By Marc Adams Pages: 54-60 From the August 2009 issue #177 Buy this issue now OK, so you consider yourself a woodworker. Let’s say that your neighbor asks you what appears to be a simple woodworking question: “What’s the best...

Federal-style Inlay: Bellflowers & Stringing

Small pieces transform your work from austere to awesome. By Rob Millard Pages: 49-53 From the August 2009 issue #177 Buy this issue now Signature features of Federal-style furniture include bellflowers and stringing that often adorn furniture legs, but are also found on table aprons and tambour doors. Bellflowers have regional characteristics. There are...

The Case for Bevel-up Planes

A craftsman makes the argument that bevel-up planes are easier to tune for end grain and difficult woods. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 44-48 From the August 2009 issue #177 Buy this issue now I can clearly remember my first experience with bench planes. I was in high school shop class and while I was...

3 Ways to Make Raised Panels

We explore the best ways to raise a panel with a router, handplane or table saw. By Robert W. Lang, Christopher Schwarz & Glen D. Huey Pages: 40-43 From the August 2009 issue #177 Buy this issue now Traditional raised panels appear in almost every furniture style since Roman times, though the way to...

Pennsylvania Blanket Chest

A masterpiece of design that’s sure to add to your woodworking ‘bucket list.’ By Glen D. Huey Pages: 32-39 From the August 2009 issue #177 Buy this issue now Originally built as a six-board chest (four sides with a top and bottom), the design of the blanket chest has evolved throughout time to meet...

Tool Test: A Beefy, Battery-powered Jigsaw

By Glen D. Huey Page: 29 From the August 2009 issue #177 Buy this issue now Milwaukee has added a jigsaw to its M18 line of tools – M18 refers to the 18-volt line of Lithium-ion battery-powered tools. This jigsaw features tool-free adjustments in two key areas. The standout area is shoe-angle adjustment with...