April 2009 #175

Popular Woodworking April 2009 issueIn the April 2009 issue of Popular Woodworking, Senior Editor Robert W. Lang builds a Greene & Greene medicine cabinet that he discovered in the Gamble House garage.

We show you three solid ways to make edge joints for panel glue-ups.

Mario Rodriguez designs a compact and elegant Providence writing desk.

Read our review of the three plunge-cut saws currently available in the United States.

Learn how to carve Spanish feet with Charles Bender, founder of the Acanthus Workshop.

Make an undulating band-sawn “twister” box with this design from Lois Keener Ventura.

Construct a simple grinder tool rest so you can achieve predictable, repeatable angles.

Bob Flexner discusses finishing the five types of wood.

Adam Cherubini moves on to shaping the splat for his 18th-century chair.

The Wood Whisperer shares his thoughts on glue.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras (downloads, etc.) for this issue are inside each article.

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Podcast: The Afterlife of Trees

Popular Woodworking Magazine has just launched a new podcast that…. Wait, wait. Where are you going? Give me a few moments to explain. Look, we know the woodworking world has enough podcasts. So when Scott Francis decided to create “The Afterlife of Trees,” a lot of the discussion was about what the...

Online Extras: April 2009 Issue

Online Extras for the April 2009 issue include a video about how to use glue for veneering, full-size patterns of the top and bottom side profiles of the Greene & Greene Medicine Cabinet, additional step photos of the Writing Desk project as a PDF slide show, and more.

The Best Shop Wastebasket

I spend a lot of time in my shop, so I’m picky about what I put in there, from the bench to the tool cabinet, the wooden floor or even the wastebasket. Last week I decided I needed a wastebasket by the door of my shop. I have a huge bourbon...

Out of the Woodwork: The Allure of the New

If all you have is a hammer, well, you might need another hammer. By Doug Fulkerson Page: 72 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now One of my favorite quotes is Baruch’s Observation: If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. It seems like...

Grinder Tool Rest Jig

This simple jig makes it easy to set your rest to specific, repeatable angles. By Bruce D. Wedlock Pages: 62-63 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now The many articles on sharpening chisels and plane irons always include some discussion of the desirable bevel angle of the blade....


This undulating band saw box is simple to make, and it makes a great gift. By David Thiel, Jim Stack & Lois Keener Ventura Pages: 58-61 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now Yes, you could say building this box is like dancing. Your partner is that beautiful...

Carving Spanish Feet

A Delaware Valley foot and a Pennsylvania ring-and-vase turning combine to develop a period-style design. By Charles Bender Pages: 55-57 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now Years ago, when I first began my business as a period furniture maker, a close friend and mentor jumped on board...

Plunge-cut Saws

These saws are the best for breaking down sheet goods, if that’s one of your shop chores. But you’ll need to dig into the features to make your purchase decision. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 50-53 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now Since DeWalt and Makita entered...

Providence Writing Desk

Gentle curves and elegant details provide a place to get work done in style. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 44-49 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now A friend of mine recently moved into a small apartment in Providence and needed a place from which she could pay bills,...