December 2017 #236

On the cover of our December issue is Jim Moon’s reproduction of the venerable Studley tool cabinet. Learn about Moon’s motivations and the lessons he learned in creating his own masterpiece in the image of Henry O. Studley’s famous work. Read Elia Bizzarri’s master-class in Milk Paint, and learn how he achieves this classic chairmaker’s finish that complements, not covers, beautiful woodworking. See Jameel Abraham’s take on a pint-sized bench for kids. Abraham shrank the classic Hayward workbench, but didn’t skimp on joinery or details – it’s a great project for the budding woodworker in your life. Tim Celeski introduces us to a group of woodworkers who have incorporated CNC machines and CAD drawing software into their work – learn about the emerging technology and see what’s possible when you open the door to digital design and tools into the workshop. And, Christopher Schwarz builds a clever folding bookshelf, based on a historic example of campaign furniture. Learn the tricks to making furniture that folds flat and expands to make a portable and useful shelf with early 20th-century style.

Plus, we review the Shapeoko XL CNC kit, the SensGard Ear Chamber Hearing Protection and the BearKat Wood Chair Scraper; in Letters, George Walker walks us through finding a radius in proportional patterns; toolmaker and blacksmith Seth Gould is profiled in Design Matters; Chad Stanton builds a simple and solid stacking tool caddy in our “I Can Do That” column; in Arts & Mysteries, Peter Follansbee shows us how to make a hard-wearing froe club (and teaches us a lesson about putting off our work); Bob Flexner discusses the various oils used in finishing and their properties; and in our “End Grain” column, Eric Key shows us his beautiful project built from the pages of the magazine, and relates a few lessons he learned in using our “woodworking class in print.”

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Stacking Tool Caddy

A simple-to-build tote, perfect for tool and supplies transport. by Chad Stanton pages 26-32 I designed this stacking tool caddy to hold small parts and a few tools. It’s comprised of three tool trays that stack and interlock together to form a single unit that can be carried wherever needed. Best...

The Zen of Hewing a Froe Club

‘No time to do it right, but time to do it over.’ – Daniel O’Hagan by Peter Follansbee pages 62-66 I hear my mother’s voice every time I walk past those small hickory saplings I saved months ago: “Procrastination is the thief of time.” I’m not one of those woodworkers who makes...

Oils in Finishing

Learn why certain oils cure better and what makes an oil suitable for finish. by Bob Flexner pages 68-70 Oil is one of the most important ingredients used in finishing products. Besides being a finish all by itself, oil is an important component in varnishes, polyurethanes and furniture polishes; a primary...

Woodworking Class in Print – End Grain

Build ‘to the plan’ and you just might learn some new skills. by Eric Key page 72 I’ve been subscribing to Popular Woodworking Magazine for years. Each issue inspires me with history, tips and tricks, and keeps me updated on the woodworking world. However, while standing at the mailbox thumbing through...