April 2010 #182

Popular Woodworking April 2010 issueThe April 2010 issue is the first featuring Popular Woodworking‘s new design. The cover project is a reproduction of a White Water Shaker stepback built by senior editor Glen D. Huey.

We profile Clark & Williams, plane makers, and explore the late 17th-century style of William & Mary, as well as the craftsmanship of the 18th-century cabinetmaker Thomas Day.

Senior editor Robert W. Lang explores how tables work.

A sunken treasure of ancient Honduran mahogany is reclaimed from the rivers of Belize.

George R. Walker in his Design Matters column helps us make sense of forms.

Bob Flexner differentiates an array of lacquers.

We test the Rob Cosman Dovetail Saw in our Tool Test.

This issue’s I Can Do That project is a sturdy, Swedish Skansen bench.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras (downloads, etc.) are found here. You need to be a site member and signed in to read that article.

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Online Extras: April 2010 Issue

Online Extras for the April 2010 issue include the complete SketchUp model of the Skansen Bench, the free plan for an "I Can Do That" step stool, the video tour of the White Water Shaker Meeting House, the complete SketchUp model of the Shaker Cupboard and more.

End Grain: ‘Put Yer Ass Into It’

A boring task turns into a history lesson. By Roy Underhill Page: 64 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now One day in Williamsburg, a message reached me at the carpenter’s yard that the cabinet shop was shorthanded and needed help. I figured it was some high-end task...

Flexner on Finishing: An Array of Lacquers

Many finishes are known by this one name. By Bob Flexner Pages: 54-56 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now In common speech and among those in the professional finishing trade, the term “lacquer” usually refers to nitrocellulose lacquer. But there are many other finishes that go by...

Sunken Treasure

How to buy mahogany that 18th-century furniture masterpieces (and dreams) are made of. By Kari Hultman Pages: 50-53 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now Remember when Honduran mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) was the most fashionable wood used in fine furniture, had 40 to 60 growth rings per inch,...

The William & Mary Style

This period ushered in a radical shift in furniture design and construction. By Charles Bender Pages: 46-49 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now If you ask most people what they know about period furniture, many will shrug and say something like, “Oh, you mean that Colonial-style furniture.”...

How Tables Work

Numerous shapes, forms and  functions share a common set of issues. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 40-44 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now A good furniture maker is part artist and part engineer. An overemphasis on either side of this equation leads to furniture that is ugly,...

Clark & Williams, Plane Makers

In an Arkansas basement, this somewhat unusual three-man company turns out extraordinary wooden handplanes. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 34-39 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now The married couple wanted a custom gazebo. So Larry Williams, a successful carpenter, fetched his camera and was getting ready to photograph...

Shaker Cupboard: Rejuvenated

A White Water Shaker stepback is sprinkled with water from the fountain of youth. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 26-33 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now Shaker stepback cupboards aren’t abundant. In fact, there are only a few examples in the many published books on Shaker furniture....

I Can Do That: Skansen Bench

Based on a Swedish antique, this bench uses through-tenons made with just a jigsaw. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 24-25 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now I’ve always liked things that are Swedish, impossibly overbuilt and yet somehow graceful. For example, my beloved Volvo 240DL, a certain foreign...