February 2010 #181

Popular Woodworking February 2010 issueIn the February 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking, we debut Design Matters, a column by George R. Walker that will give you the tools to tackle furniture design with skill and confidence.

Joinery details bring a special charm to a Stickley music cabinet and a Japanese soji screen provides the inspiration for a contemporary Soji cabinet.

Create a tapered-leg table in this issue’s I Can Do That project.

Provocative “upholstery” explores the tension between comfort and discomfort in a unique 988 chair.

Toolmaker Kevin Drake teaches you how to make turned tool handles.

Tom Fidgen constructs a hand-made cabinetmaker’s toolbox that is certainly One for the Road.

The Arts & Mysteries column shows you how to make Andre Roubo’s Try Square.

Jim Crammond revives a clever 19th-century tool and provides everything you’ll need to build a cam marking gauge.

Chairmaker Michael Dunbar explores traditional milk paint.

Bob Flexner helps you choose a spray gun.

We review Delta’s New Midi-lathe.

Rob Porcaro explores ways to create better vision in the shop.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras for this issue can be found inside each article.

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Online Extras: February 2010 Issue

Online Extras for the February 2010 issue include the Stickley Music Cabinet 3D SketchUp Model, a video of the Star Tools Marking Gauge in action, and step-by-step instruction on creating a painted a trompe l’oeil “inlay.”

My New 150-year-old Try Square

While deep into dovetailing a small chest at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking this summer, my concentration was suddenly burst by someone at my workbench. “There’s a guy outside,” the student says, “and he’s selling all his woodworking stuff.” I nodded and then returned to my dovetails. I run into...

Out of the Woodwork: Beyond the Norm

Norm Abram inspired generations of new woodworkers – even those who weren’t Yankees. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 74 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Last week I stood in a beautiful living room and relived a scene for at least the 10th time in my career as...

Flexner on Finishing: Choosing a Spray Gun

Though a good finish can be achieved with other methods, guns are faster. By Bob Flexner Pages: 66-68 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now As I’ve explained many times in Popular Woodworking, you can achieve a near-perfect finish using a rag or brush: You can apply a...

Better Vision in the Shop

Proper lighting and vision aids can make a woodworking world of difference. By Rob Porcaro Pages: 63-65 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Woodworking is a visual art. The capabilities of our eyes and visual system, as well as the quality of the conditions in which we...

One for the Road

A cabinetmaker’s tool chest that’s ready to travel. By Tom Fidgen From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now When I think of a tool chest, I think of a carpenter’s box, usually open and inviting, a little rough perhaps but clearly made by the hand. Think of Roy...

Shoji Cabinet

Inspired by a Japanese screen, this cabinet uses traditional and modern joinery. By Ryan Shervill Pages: 52-57 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Designed to divide a room, the shoji screen is both a practical and artistic piece of furniture that’s often found in Japanese homes. It...

CAM Marking Gauge

A useful weekend project you can make with stock from your scrap bin. By Jim Crammond Pages: 49-51 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now On April 21, 1868, the United States Patent Office issued Patent Number 76,884 to Wessel Brodhead for an improvement to the field of...

Milk Paint

This traditional paint looks great on any project – and it’s simple to use. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 44-48 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Woodworkers have been painting their furniture for thousands of years. During that time, they have used many different types of paints. In...