February 2013

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2013 Popular Woodworking Magazine Favs – Part 1

I’ve been associated with this magazine in one capacity or another for the past 20 plus years. As a new year begins, I’ve made it a habit to look back through the previous seven issues to pick out which articles caught my interest. I grabbed a copy of the Popular Woodworking Magazine 1995 –...

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Southern Cellarette

Combine simple construction and sophisticated proportions.By Glen D. Huey Pages 22-29In 1760, Dutch gin bottles made their way to the Colonies. Soon thereafter, the first known example of a lidded box designed to hold those gin bottles was built. Many of the bottle boxes, gin boxes or cellarettes, as they are known, have their origin...

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Japanese Chisels

The hard truth about these ancient tools.By Wilbur Pan Pages 30-32Japanese tools have a reputation of being suitable only for softwoods. This is an unfounded worry, especially in the case of Japanese chisels. As woodworker Kari Hultman (writer of The Village Carpenter blog) attests, “I would like to publicly profess my love of Japanese chisels....

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Shell, Stone & Metal Inlay

Learn a straightforward approach to creating stunning details.By Marco Cecala Pages 33-39I come to the field of woodworking with an unfair advantage. I grew up in a family jewelry business and did a lot of detail work from an early age. So it’s no surprise that when I started making furniture I was drawn to...

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A Bed for The Thorsen House

Make a Greene & Greene-style bed with simplified construction.By Darrell Peart Pages 40-47Recently I joined a group whose primary goal is to restore the Thorsen House, one of the “Ultimate Bungalows” designed by Charles and Henry Greene. In fact, I am on the board of directors of the Friends of the Thorsen House. Our purpose...

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Fast Fix For Teetering Legs

A simple table saw technique levels four legs in no time flat.By Gary Rogowski Pages 52-54Rock-n-roll. That’s what four-legged pieces have a habit of doing – even with perfect joinery and a careful and unhurried assembly. Even with all the care and attention you paid to building it correctly, it doesn’t sit flat on your...