February 2015 #216

Popular Woodworking Magazine February 15 CoverChristopher Schwarz reaches into the family tree of furniture for our cover story for the February 2015 issue; the aumbry is the ancestor of kitchen cabinets, bookcases, armoires and other storage. Chris shows you how to create the Gothic tracery showcased in this build and how it’s all held together by simple joinery and cut nails.

Tom Calisto shows you how to use simple shop tools to make your own copper Stickley-style hardware. It’s easier than you think, and Tom shows some innovative techniques for working with the metal.

Find out how to build one of the lesser-known gems of the Arts & Crafts movement as Peter Marcucci takes you step by step through building Charles Rohlfs’ 1898 Desk Chair. It’s art as furniture and furniture as art. Peter shares patterns for the insets and medallions, based on his extensive research into Rohlfs’ work (as well as step-by-step instructions for the chair itself, of course).

Ever use a Donkey’s Ear? You might want to…Graham Blackburn shares six must-have shooting boards to help you plane accurately and precisely.

And in a feature article, Bob Flexner examines teak oil – the oil that doesn’t exist.

In Tool Test, we review the new line of bevel-down bench planes by Veritas, available with frogs milled at a custom angle; the Tormek T-4 water-cooled sharpening system; and Christopher Schwarz reviews Tiger Flakes shellac. In Design Matters, George Walker discusses how depth (or the illusion of depth) adds life to design. In “I Can Do That,” Megan Fitzpatrick builds a kitchen pot rack (and introduces a new video series). And Peter Follansbee builds a Chinese wood carrier in his Arts & Mysteries column.

Plus Tricks of the Trade, reader letters and more.

Veritas Bevel-down Bench Planes

Blade carrier helps to preserve cap-iron settings with ease.  by Christopher Schwarz page 14 When Veritas redesigned its bevel-down bench planes, the Canadian company started from scratch. Released in the fall of 2014, these tools share almost no DNA with the company’s previous generation. And, in the Veritas tradition, the company’s...

Tormek T-4 Water-cooled Sharpening System

by Megan Fitzpatrick page 16 I’m not usually a wet grinder kind of woman, because a dry grinder does the same work faster, then I move to waterstones to polish and hone. I might be a convert, however, when it comes to tools that are difficult to grind on a dry...

Shellac Tiger Flakes from Tools for Working Wood

by Christopher Schwarz page 16 Because shellac is my favorite finish, I have tried nearly every brand of flakes on the market. By far, my favorite brand is the premium dewaxed flakes – Tiger Flakes – sold by Tools for Working Wood in Brooklyn, N.Y. Because there are no lac bugs...

Combination Squares

Select a reliable tool with these simple tests.  by Megan Fitzpatrick page 62 I can’t think of one project I’ve made that hasn’t involved using one or more of my combination squares. I use these to lay out joints and cuts, and to check cuts to confirm that they’re square (a test...

Mom’s Shop

Kite frames to cabinets: A 50-year journey back to woodworking. By David Lawrence page 64 Before mom’s shop bustled with warmth, woodcraft and cheer, the location of her future endeavors hoarded what dad called, “Relics from the Golden Age of Aviation.” Mom would rebut, smiling, “Maybe just a collection of airplane...