June 2008 #169

Popular Woodworking June 2008 issueA tiger maple slipper-foot tea table graces our cover of the June 2008 issue of Popular Woodworking. Senior Editor Glen Huey shows simple methods to make the solid joints at the core of this elegant project.

Mark Adams continues his series on A Better Way to Work with tips and techniques for the band saw.

Go beyond the basics with Michael Dunbar and discover the best methods in Planecraft: Jointer & Block Planes.

Editor Christopher Schwarz explains the three things you need to build furniture without a shop.

Our I Can Do That project is a CD rack that takes the mystery out of mitering.

We build an Asian-influenced Jatoba bench and show you the steps we took.

Save some money and do better work at the same time by brazing your own band saw blades.

Travel back to the 18th-century and learn the Arts & Mysteries of chairmaking with Adam Cherubini.

Tool Test explores a new compact drill, cool new drill chucks and some excellent chisels.

Great Workshops visits a school that teaches old-time skills for a modern purpose.

Bob Flexner lays out the Rules to Finish By.

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

Out of the Woodwork: Does Your Shop Speak English?

An ocean-wide gap in terminology can cause confusion. By Philip W. Leon Page: 88 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now The first time I went to England, I soon learned to take the lift instead of the elevator. And to avoid getting run over by all those...

Flexner on Finishing: Rules to Finish By

They explain so much. By Bob Flexner Pages: 86-87 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now It’s often possible to sum up a lot of situations with a rule, a principle that applies in almost all cases. When I teach seminars on finishing, I often find myself citing...

Jig Journal: Router Dado Jig

Take the tool to the work for quick and accurate dados. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 82-83 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now The quest for accuracy in woodworking is often like trying to find your way out of a maze. Make the wrong choice early on,...

Great Woodshops: Woodworking With a Mission

Tillers International teaches sustainable skills to help improve lives. By Jeff Skiver Pages: 74-76 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now Most woodworking classes start the same way – with the students introducing themselves and telling about their backgrounds and interests. The most recent class I attended, at...

Build Furniture Without a Shop

Our ‘I Can Do That’ manual shows you how a few tools can go a long way. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 66-70 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now When you get started in woodworking there are many paths to follow, forks in the road, dead-ends and shortcuts....

Silver Brazing Your Own Band Saw Blades

Save money and get better results by making your own blades. By John Wilson Pages: 62-65 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now I was on the road teaching a woodworking course recently when my band saw blade broke. Not carrying a spare meant buying a replacement locally....

Planecraft, Part II: Jointer & Block Planes

Jointer and block planes – and beyond the basics. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 56-60 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now In the first part of my article on bench planes (April 2008 Popular Woodworking, issue #168), I discussed the historic versatility of bench planes, and explained how...

Jatoba Bench

Ebony spacers and plugs add visual interest to this indoor-outdoor design. By Bert Johansen Pages: 49-55 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now My lovely wife asked me to build a bench for our entry hall. After considering the intended space – which consists of an 11′ wall...