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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Tool Test: Liogier Hand-cut Rasps

First-class shaping tools from France. by Robert W. Lang Page 12 From the April 2012 issue, #196 In 2004, Popular Woodworking introduced hand-cut French rasps to American woodworkers. Those tools from Auriou were definitely a cut above what was previously available, and we happily added them to our tool kits. A...

Tool Test: Bessey Auto-adjust Toggle Clamps

by Steve Shanesy Page 12 From the April 2012 issue, #196 Toggle clamps are an indispensable workholding device for jigs, but they are a bit fussy to adjust to the desired height and clamp pressure. Leave it to Bessey to come up with clever innovations that give the traditional toggle clamp...

Tool Test: Philadelphia Furniture Workshop Moxon Vise

by Megan Fitzpatrick Page 14 From the April 2012 issue, #196 While Moxon-style twin-screw vises seem to be breeding like rabbits these days (see our November 2011 issue, #193 and our December 2010 issue, #187), this version, developed by Alan Turner and Mario Rodriguez at Philadelphia Furniture Workshop (and available through...

Tool Test: Kreg Shelf-pin Jig

by Steve Shanesy Page 14 From the April 2012 issue, #196 If your idea of a jig for drilling shelf-pin holes is a piece of pegboard, there’s an affordable alternative from Kreg Tool that allows you to step up your game. And even if you have moved beyond pegboard, this new...