December 2010

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Squaring the English Layout Square

Several readers have asked how to go about squaring up the two legs of the English Layout Square from the December 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Do you square it up before assembly? After? What tools do you use to make it square? How do I determine if the square is indeed square?...

Online Extras: December 2010 Issue

Online Extras for the December 2010 issue include a video tour of this 1740's Pennsylvania piece, the free 3D SketchUp model of this chest of drawers, the 3D Google SketchUp Model of the G&G frame, shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture, the 3D Google SketchUp Model of Moxon's Ingenious Bench Vise and more.

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End Grain: Too Delicate A Touch

The hands are the tools that mean the most. By Brad Graham Page: 72 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now When I was a professional woodworker, I experienced a satisfying fascination looking at my hands at the end of the day. As a full-time cabinetmaker, I thought about them as I made...

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Moxon’s Ingenious Bench Vise

17th-century design saves your 21st-century back. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 64-66 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now If you cut dovetails by hand, then I’m sure you’re aware of the other part of your anatomy that is involved: your back. Bending over rows of tails and pins all day is murder when you...

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Furniture’s Battle Scars

Part 2: Fictional ‘incidents’ give a piece a believable back story. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 54-59 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now In Part 1 of “Aging Your Projects Gracefully” (November 2010, issue #186), I gave an overview of creating an aged look for new pieces of furniture, and discussed mechanical wear. The...

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Greene & Greene Frame

By Robert W. Lang Pages: 52-53 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now It’s easy to get caught in the trap of design by formula. But if art were simply a matter of ratios, a paint-by-number Mona Lisa would be just as good as the one hanging in the Louvre Museum. The...

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Simple Patterns in Veneer

Part 3: Make a 4-way match panel in veneer using mirrors, a knife and a straightedge. By Marc Adams Pages: 48-51 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now Veneer can be used to embellish any project. For furniture making, veneer offers three advantages: Panels can be made to any size or shape, exotic...

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English Layout Square

This useful tool is easy to make, easy on the eyes and awesome to use. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 46-47 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now Wooden layout tools usually are superior to metal ones in my opinion. They are lightweight, inexpensive and as accurate as woodworking requires. Period. A 36"-long wooden straightedge...