April 2012 #196

Popular Woodworking April 2012 issueOur cover story for the April 2012 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine is a “James Krenov-style Cherry Wall Cabinet” from Matthew Teague, editor, that is constructed with tapered sliding dovetails. Plus, you’ll discover how to easily (and properly) install knife hinges. Steve Shanesy, senior editor, shares his plans for a durable no-fuss “Drill Press Table” that costs little in time or materials. Christopher Schwarz, contributing editor, builds a “Charleston Table” that straddles the 17th and 18th centuries in its form and joinery details. You’ll discover “The How & Why of Cutlists” from Robert W. Lang, executive editor, as he shares his thoughts on how learning to read measured drawings and making your own cutlists will make you a better woodworker. Plus, uncover the mysteries of Roy Underhill’s “Puzzle Mallet” and build one to confound and amaze your friends.

In this month’s Tool Test, we take a look at “Liogier Hand-cut Rasps,” “Bessey Auto-adjust Toggle Clamps,” a “Moxon-style Vise from Philadelphia Furniture Workshops” and the “Kreg Shelf-pin Jig.”

In Design Matters, George R. Walker delves into ornamentation in “Over the Top.” Adam Cherubini presents “Boarded Furniture Essentials” in Arts & Mysteries. Our I Can Do That column is a set of period “Hanging Shelves” from Megan Fitzpatrick, managing editor. Bob Flexner shares his thoughts on “Alternative Paint Strippers” in Flexner on Finishing. In his first article for the magazine, Erick T. Gatcomb writes about “Tradition Embraced” for End Grain. And of course, you’ll find Letters and Tricks of the Trade.

Below, you’ll find capsule descriptions of every article, with links to the free Online Extras.

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Cherry Wall Cabinet

An angular front and glass doors lend visual interest to this classic Krenov design. by Matthew Teague pages 24-30 From the April 2012 issue, #196 Through the early stages of my woodworking, when I was sweating away evenings in a Mississippi basement trying to learn the craft using a $99 table saw and an...

I Can Do That: Hanging Shelves

Get a period look with big box materials. by Megan Fitzpatrick pages 23-23 From the April 2012 issue, #196 The inspiration for this small hanging set of shelves is a late 18th- to early 19th-century (circa 1775-1825) English dovetailed version in oak with a dark finish. I wanted to replicate the...

Charleston Table

A versatile and durable form from the early South. by Christopher Schwarz Pages 38-43 From the April 2012 issue, #196 Early tables such as this one were hardworking. Finished on all sides, they could be placed anywhere in a room in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. They could be used for writing,...

Drill Press Table

It’s accurate, easy to use and built to last. by Steve Shanesy pages 30-32 From the April 2012 issue, #196 There are all manner of drill press tables and fences, from a simple 2x4 clamped to the machine’s cast iron table to ones with gadgets and gizmos galore. The latter is not my style,...

It’s a Mystery

This puzzle mallet is seemingly made by magic. by Roy Underhill pages 44-49 From the April 2012 Issue, #196 It can’t come apart, but, problem is, it can’t go together! Legend has it that Abraham Lincoln invented this mysterious mallet. The trouble with ordinary mallets, in his time as now, was that they kept “flying...

Great Woodshops: Tossing Out Tradition

Konrad Sauer improves a 150-year-old handplane design. by Christopher Schwarz pages 50-54 From the April 2012 Issue, #196 Let’s say you were good at building Chippendale highboys. Really good. Phil-Lowe-kind-of-good at it. Customers came to you regularly and you had plenty of work to keep you busy. Then why – oh...