Yearly Archives: 2012

February Digital Issue on its way

The link to download the February 2013 issue just went out to digital subscribers…and there’s a wee error in it – so you’ll be getting another e-mail, with that wee error corrected. If, however, you wish to not wait, click on the Popular Woodworking logo in the e-mail (not on the...

Q & A: Pencil Mark Cleanup

Q & A: Pencil Mark Cleanup Q: How do I get the pencil marks off my oak plywood bookcase? I tried using an eraser, but that didn’t get down into the open grain.When I tried sanding it out I ended up erasing the paper-thin veneer instead! I don’t want to sand...

Q & A: Cupped Door Panels

Q & A: Cupped Door Panels Q: Recently I glued up some 1⁄4-in. panels for cabinet doors.My other life kept me out of the shop for a week and when I returned the panels had a 5⁄16-in. cup in them. I tried bending them back with clamps and that helped, but...

Medieval Stock Preparation

Though planes have been around for millennia, they haven’t always been the essential woodworking tool that we may think they were. In Medieval Europe, and especially England, lots of good woodwork was done without handplanes. Surfaces were prepared and smoothed with wide chisels. I often use chisels rather than saws or...

A Long-overdue Workbench Modification

I’m in the midst of making my mom’s Christmas present*, and though I did the machine work at the “office” today, I decided to bring the surfaced and mortised pieces home (the hollow-chisel mortiser is my favorite power tool) and cut the tenons by hand. Yes, I could have cut them...

Wooden Spring Tongs

Wooden Spring Tongs ??A great all-around kitchen utensil. By David Radtke Here’s a great kitchen utensil you’re sure to find indispensable. These wooden tongs feature a unique spring tab mechanism built into a knuckle joint. The joint allows the tongs to be folded flat for storage. When the tongs are opened...

Super-Tune a Handplane, with Christopher Schwarz

Whether your plane is old or new, discover tips that will make it perform with surgical precision. With just a little effort and a couple hours, you can turn any handplane into a super-tuned, high-performance tool. Order “Super-Tune a Handplane” now!