December 2007 #166

Popular Woodworking December 2007 issueIn the December 2007 issue of Popular Woodworking, Senior Editor Glen Huey builds a 21st-century version of a classic Shaker Workbench. It’s a rock-solid design with plenty of storage below a massive maple top. Other key articles:

It’s time for our annual picks of the best new tools of the year, and we present our list of 15 favorites.

Marc Adams continues his new series about working smarter and safer with Woodworking Essentials: Practical Safety Devices.

Think you can’t cut variable spaced dovetails with an inexpensive jig? Think again. Senior Editor Robert Lang builds a magnificent mahogany reproduction of the little-known Gustav Stickley poppy table.

In Jig Journal, we have two great ways to draw perfect arcs.

I Can Do That returns with a mission chair, and it introduces a new I Can Do That book.

Bob Flexner clears the confusion surrounding solvents.

Our Tool Test features the new Veritas Small Plow Plane.

Adam Cherubini puts the finishing touches on his standing desk in Arts & Mysteries.

At the Lathe features a perfect project for the season, turning tops.

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

Best New Tools: 2007

By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 57-61 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now After eight years of writing the Best New Tools column, you’d think that we’d be jaded and bored with the tool industry. (“Oh look, yawn, another new cordless drill with a bubble level.”) But every year,...

Poppy Table

Before developing the rectilinear Craftsman style, Gustav Stickley experimented with curvaceous Art Nouveau designs. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 36-41 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now In 1898, Gustav Stickley took a working vacation. With more than 20 years of experience as a furniture maker, he was...

Tool Test: Mallet Takes (and Gives) a Good Beating

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 34 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now For more than a decade, I’ve meant to make a good wooden mallet that fits my hand and my style of work. I can now cross that off my “to-do” list thanks to a new mallet...

Tool Test: Apollo’s Atomizer – A Tale of Two Types

By Glen D. Huey Page: 34 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now An investment in a new tool can increase your woodworking abilities; an investment in HVLP will do the same. If you spray your finish, you know already what I’m talking about. If you haven’t ventured...

Tool Test: Veritas Small Plow Plane

An important joinery plane is available again – and it’s been improved. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 32 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now Plow planes are workhorse of the hand-tool shop when it comes to cutting joints with a plane. With a plow plane you can, if...

I Can Do That: Simple Side Chair

A woven seat adds a punch of color to this surprisingly easy project. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 28-31 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now After years of building furniture, mostly case pieces, I’ve come to understand that chair building is different. Where most casework involves working...

Arts & Mysteries: The Standing Desk, Finished

Built with traditional joinery and tools, this year-long project looks at home in an 18th-century shop. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 24-27 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now This is the last article in my year-long series on building a standing desk for my shop. In this article...

Out on a Limb: A New Way Not to Get Hurt

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now Woodworking writer Nick Engler has one leg that’s shorter than the other – the result of a motorcycle accident years ago. When he talks about the incident now, he always starts off with a little joke....