June 2009

Lady's Desk

Most-asked Woodworking Questions

Throughout the years I’ve been here at Popular Woodworking Magazine, there are only two woodworking questions that find their way into my inbox on a regular basis. The number of times I’ve answered the question about the router bit I used to plunge-cut workbench holes into my Shaker Workbench from December 2007 (#166) is...

Online Extras: June 2009 Issue

Online Extras for the June 2009 issue include a video of Marc Spagnuolo using his favorite pushsticks and featherboards, download full-size patterns of the Deck/Dock Chair leg profiles in PDF format, a SketchUp model of the Joiner's Tool Chest project, and several more videos.


Out of the Woodwork: But it was a Bargain

Bird poop and bug carcasses may just be hiding a treasure. By Jeffrey Briere Page: 80 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now Like most everyone reading this, I am an avid collector of wood. It does not usually matter what species, what color or country of origin. I am non-discriminatory...


Jig Journal: No-nonsense Router Table

A great router table for little cost and just a few hours to build. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 74-75 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now The original version of this router table was born out of necessity. I needed a router table at a job site, and I didn’t...


Flexner on Finishing: Choosing a Finish for Color

Different finishes look different on different species. By Bob Flexner Pages: 70-71 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now There are many reasons to choose one finish over another. Usually the most important is for protection and durability – how well a finish protects the wood from moisture and how resistant...


The Wood Whisperer: Not Just for the New

Seasoned professionals also benefit from Woodworkers Safety Week 2009. By Marc Spagnuolo Pages: 68-69 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now Did you know that May 4th, 2009 marks the second annual Woodworker’s Safety Week? It began last year in an effort to raise awareness of woodshop safety. And with the...


Dock Chair

Lightweight, folding and portable, this chair is so simple to make you’ll want a pair – or more. By Simon Watts Pages: 64-67 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now I’ve always disliked the Adirondack chair and have never understood its popularity. I find it uncomfortable because the human frame does...


Graduated Drawers

Two sets of dividers are all you need to achieve well-proportioned drawers. By George Walker Pages: 60-63 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now For centuries artists honed their craft by copying the works of the masters. The goal was not to become a copyist; instead the intense focus of exploring...


Bed Rocks From Abroad

How do new imported smoothing planes compare to a Lie-Nielsen or Clifton? By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 56-58 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now Thanks to the success of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and Veritas at building premium handplanes, it’s no surprise that someone would start manufacturing Bed Rock-style handplanes in the Far...