April 2007 #161

Popular Woodworking April 2007 issueOur cover project for the April 2007 issue of Popular Woodworking is a set of the ever-popular barrister bookcases. What sets our version apart? It’s simple to build.

Our I Can Do That project is a reproduction of a Shaker set of shelves.

Adam Cherubini shows how stock was prepared in the 18th-century.

Michael Dunbar reveals his methods for sensible and inexpensive sharpening.

Bob Flexner details his methods for repairing chairs.

Scott Gibson continues our Woodworking Essentials series with an in-depth article on material storage.

Glen Huey details his methods and recipes for achieving classic American furniture finishes.

We present full instructions for building a reversible lathe chuck.

As always, we answer your questions and letters, share our readers’ Tricks of the Trade and continue to bring you the solid information to build your skills.

Detailed article previews are below. Online extras can be found here.

Sharpening for the Sensible

Michael Dunbar distills three decades of sharpening into a simple, inexpensive and do-able system. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 38-44 From the April 2007 issue #161 Buy this issue now This is a subversive article. Woodworking gurus and companies that make expensive sharpening equipment don’t want you to read this, because when...

I Can Do That: Shaker Shelves

Clear finish updates the look of this classic design. By Megan Fitzpatrick & Glen D. Huey Pages: 36-37 From the April 2007 issue #161 Buy this issue now Skills you’ve honed in previous “I Can Do That” projects are all it takes to create this graceful set of shelves, so with...

Arts & Mysteries: 18th-Century Stock Preparation

Different goals allowed period woodworkers to surface boards quickly. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 32-35 From the April 2007 issue #161 Buy this issue now Dressing stock by hand isn’t hard work. The trick to doing it efficiently is forgetting everything you know about woodworking machines and just about everything you’ve read...

Tool Test: Bosch Router Table

By Robert W. Lang Page: 30 From the April 2007 issue #161 Buy this issue now Benchtop router tables have been around long enough that all the bugs should be worked out of them. This new one from Bosch has all the features you could want in an easy-to-assemble compact package....

Tool Test: Blue Spruce Dovetail Chisels

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 30 From the April 2007 issue #161 Buy this issue now Using a garden-variety bevel-edge chisel when dovetailing can be frustrating. The bevels on the side of the tool are supposed to allow you to clean any junk out of the acute corners of the joint. But...

Tool Test: Grex 23-gauge Headless Pinner

By Glen D. Huey Page 29 From the April 2007 issue #161 Buy this issue now Twenty-three gauge headless pinners have come a long way in recent years, and we were glad to test the new Grex model P645L in the shop. The new edition is an upgrade from the P630...

Tool Test: Makita 18-volt Drill-Driver is Lightweight

By Glen D. Huey Page: 29 From the April 2007 issue #161 Buy this issue now At just more than 3.5 pounds the Makita 18-volt 1/2″ Compact Cordless Drill-driver (BDF452) is 25 percent lighter than its predecessor, the BDF451. The loss of weight is because Makita has made changes in the...