August 2008 #170

Popular Woodworking August 2008 issueOur cover project in the August 2008 issue of Popular Woodworking is an adaptation of a classic Craftsman furniture bookcase, made from solid wood with distinctive joinery and a hidden drawer.

We feature a folding campaign table, built by Mario Rodriguez.

This month’s I Can Do That project is contemporary bookshelves.

Marc Adams continues his series of articles on A Better Way to Work with techniques for using the thickness planer.

Bob Flexner tackles the seven myths of polyurethane.

The first of a three-part series on the work of Greene & Greene, by David Mathias, showcases these masterworks in never-before published photos.

We also look at the fine points of Federal Furniture with Rob Millard, a modern master of the style.

Adam Cherubini continues work on a chair in Arts & Mysteries.

Rob Porcaro presents techniques for making multiple Through Mortise-and-Tenon Joints.

We also welcome Marc Spagnuolo (a.k.a. The Wood Whisperer) to our pages, as a regular columnist.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras for this issue are found in their respective articles.

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Out of the Woodwork: Memories and Milestones

Connecting an Arts & Crafts icon with the men who made it 100 years ago. By David Mathias Page: 80 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now On a Sunday afternoon not too long ago, I found myself sitting in a home in Southern California looking at the...

Flexner on Finishing: The 7 Myths of Polyurethane

Oft-repeated ‘rules’ that are, quite simply, wrong. By Bob Flexner Pages: 76-79 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now All levels of finishing are burdened with myths, but the types of finishes used by amateurs and sold in home centers and woodworking stores suffer the most. Myths about...

Greene & Greene Masterworks

Awakening of a style. By David Mathias & Robert W. Lang Pages: 66-70 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now One hundred years ago, two brothers were in the midst of an amazing period of creative success. The result was a unique, enduring style that is instantly recognizable....

Making Multiple Through-Mortise-and-Tenon Joints

Wedged mortise-and-tenon joints add visual interest to any casework. By Rob Porcaro Pages: 62-65 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now To join partitions or shelves into solid-wood casework, woodworkers have several options. This basic task of connecting the end-grain edge of one board to the face of...

Federal Furniture

Years ago I discovered Federal furniture and knew that with beautiful veneer, superb inlay and simple carving, this would be my furniture period of choice. By Rob Millard Pages: 57-61 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now Federal furniture has much to offer woodworkers. In addition to the...

Woodworking Essentials: Thickness Planers

A Better Way to Work: Part 6 By Marc Adams Pages: 51-56 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now When I started woodworking, owning a planer was just a dream. They were big, expensive and power-hungry machines that were not well suited for the small shop or hobbyist...

Folding Campaign Table

Reproducing knock-down furniture from two centuries ago. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 46-50 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now When on campaign, during the l8th and l9th centuries, British military officers frequently traveled with portable furniture pieces. These durable and compact pieces were characterized by their simple design...

Craftsman Bookcase

If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing excessively. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 39-45 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now There are many bookcases in my house, but they’re a motley collection – poor cousins to the rest of the furniture. The really nice bookcases I’ve...