August 2010 #184

Popular Woodworking August 2010 issueThe cover project for the August 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking is a workbench in the 18th-century style. Andre Roubo first drew it in L’art de Menuisier. It endures as quite possibly the most perfect workbench ever designed. Our version, built by Editor Christopher Schwarz, was built using exclusively hand tools (except for one 6′ rip on the band saw).

Senior Editor Glen D. Huey shows you how to turn a puny half-lap joint into a strong, mitered half-lap joint in just minutes with a router, a straight bit and a piece of plywood.

In this first of two installments from Toshio Odate, discover how to marry Japanese design sensibilities with Western dining table traditions (legs that accommodate chairs) in Magobei’s Dining Table.

Jim Tolpin shows you how to make a footstool perfectly sized to your own body dimensions (your hands serve as the unit of measure) in Design by Foot, Hand & Eye.

Dress up the outside of your shop (or your house) with this easy-to-build old plane birdhouse (the only birdhouse Christopher Schwarz has ever made).

Bob Flexner shows you two methods for filling pores for an elegant look.

In Woodworking with Wee Ones, discover the secrets to getting kids into the workshop (all it takes is free range of imagination – and lies).

George Walker writes about sublime echoes in Design Matters.

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

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Miter Half-lap Joinery

With a router, straight bit and plywood scrap, turn a weak joint into a superhero of strength. By Glen D. Huey Page: 38 From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue now One of the strongest joints in woodworking is a properly fit mortise-and-tenon and the opposite in strength is a simple butt...

The Return of Roubo

An 18th-century French workbench is quite possibly the most perfect design ever put to paper. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 28 From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue now In the 18th century it was common for the workrooms and living areas of a home to share the same space. A workbench, for...

I Can Do That: Step Stool

Whether stepping or sitting, this multi-purpose stool is sure to give your youngster a boost. By Glen D. Huey Page: 26 From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue now You may not remember when you looked up at the sink, or when you climbed up to the potty – but if you’d...

Design Matters: Sublime Echoes

Repetition of proportion and shape can create design harmony. By George R. Walker Page: 22 From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue now Depending on your canoe route, Little Crooked Lake is about two days of paddling and portaging from the nearest highway. It’s worth it. On a still morning, you can...

Tool Test: A New Way to Inlay

One word describes this tool, its cutters and the twist on the materials used: innovative. By the editors Page: 16 From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue now Seldom does a tool come along that changes how we look at a woodworking technique, but the Noden Inlay Razor does just that. The...

On the Level: The Unclear Future of Table Saws

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 8 From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue now I have spent my life avoiding politics in all forms. In fact, when I was a kid, the most memorable political statement I heard was: “If voting could really change things, then it would be illegal.”...