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.

Woodworking Essentials: Band Saws

A Better Way to Work: Part 5 By Marc Adams Pages: 43-48 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now I once toured a very large custom cabinetmaking shop and noticed that they had no band saws. When I asked the owner what his reason was for not having...

A Tailored Tea Table

A graceful slipper-footed design enhanced with additional period details. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 34-42 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now In Colonial America, prior to Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride, colonists adopted many of the lifestyles of English citizens. One such behavior was afternoon tea. Of...

Tool Test: Milwaukee Compact Driver

By Robert W. Lang Page: 32 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now Milwaukee has long been a top choice for drills, and this compact 12-volt Lithium-ion driver continues that tradition of excellence. This new battery technology allows for more power in a small, easy-to-handle lightweight tool. This...

Tool Test: Blue Spruce Paring Chisels Approach Perfection

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 32 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now Paring chisels were once a common and important part of a woodworker’s tool kit, but nowadays few manufacturers make them anymore and even fewer make them well. The problem with all paring chisels is that they...

Tool Test: Get a (Soft) Grip on Drill Chucks

Jacobs Chuck’s SoftGrip-series of chucks increase hand torque to make drill-bit slippage obsolete. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 30 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now Like most woodworkers, we here at Popular Woodworking are fond of our cordless drill/drivers. So when two officials from Jacobs Chuck Manufacturing Co....

I Can Do That: Mitered CD/DVD Rack

Two tricks for taming miter joints. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 28-29 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now Learning a new skill is often a matter of getting past the scary part. If you can reduce the number of things that can go wrong, you become comfortable...

Arts & Mysteries: 18th-century Chairmaking

Building a ‘Rush Bottum’d Chaire’ – part 1 By Adam Cherubini Pages: 24-27 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now I’m going to turn my attention to chairmaking for a while. I’ve been hesitant to make chairs because they are fairly difficult to build, and frankly, I didn’t...

Out on a Limb: How to Enroll in Hand Tool College

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 12 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now After many years of teaching peoplehow to set up and use hand tools, I’ve cometo three conclusions: The best way to choose the right plane, chisel or saw for your work is to handle and use...