June 2010

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...

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End Grain: Sandpaper Drawer

The lessons I learned from Dad’s crumpled and worn-out abrasives. By Joe Barnhart Page: 64 From the June 2010 issue #183 Buy this issue now Whether you’re a professional or hobbyist woodworker, having a keen sense of proper material utilization reduces the cost of projects while extending increasingly hard-to-find resources. Conservation means taking advantage of carefully thought-out...

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Flexner on Finishing: Twenty Questions

Did I mention there would be a quiz? By Bob Flexner Pages: 60-61 From the June 2010 issue #183 Buy this issue now Here are 20 questions, together with the answers, based on my articles from Popular Woodworking. If you have been reading regularly, you should do well. For more in-depth explanations, go to popularwoodworking.com/finishing, where you’ll find...

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Great Woodshops: Country Workshops

This sylvan school offers a wide variety of classes in woodworking and more. By Stuart Page Pages: 58-59 From the June 2010 issue #183 Buy this issue now Country Workshops began when Drew Langsner and his wife, Louise, moved from California to the Smoky Mountains. On their farm, a 15-minute drive from the nearest tarmac, they’ve built...

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New Life for an Old Table Saw

By Steve Shanesy Pages: 54-55 From the June 2010 issue #183 Buy this issue now The dream of a “barn find” looms large in most people’s imagination, whether it’s 1,000 board feet of 18″-wide walnut or a ’67 Mustang (pony interior, of course). Problem is, it rarely happens to you. My turn came last...

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Jig Journal: Shop-made Saw Vise

A must-have device for sharpening saws. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 52-53 From the June 2010 issue #183 Buy this issue now One of the cardinal rules of woodworking is that the purchase of one tool begets the need for several others. Sawing by hand is both easier and more accurate than many people think, provided the...

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Taming the Top-heavy Router

Replace your router’s base with one that is oversized and stable. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 50-51 From the June 2010 issue #183 Buy this issue now The router can be a great friend in the woodshop, but it’s one of those friends with character traits that aren’t welcome in all situations. Like the...

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Inlay for Curves

A trip to the hardware store yields clamps that put the bend in inlay. By Rob Millard Pages: 46-49 From the June 2010 issue #183 Buy this issue now Inlaid bandings are a time-honored technique to embellish furniture, as are curves. Combining the two is surely a way to take your furniture to the...

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Success With Scraper Planes

Understand and tune up one of the best weapons in the war against tearing. By David Charlesworth Pages: 42-45 From the June 2010 issue #183 Buy this issue now Scraper planes are some of my favorite tools, excellent for avoiding or removing tear-out whilst maintaining a flat surface. Card scrapers will remove tear-out, but...