June 2015 #218

Popular Woodworking Magazine June 2015 CoverOur cover story for the June 2015 issue explores the complexity of simplicity with an Asian-inspired sideboard by Geremy Coy, a woodworker based in Virginia. Coy, in his first article for Popular Woodworking Magazine, details how he used pale, straight-grained Spessart oak shaped with hand tools to form an elegantly proportioned cabinet filled with subtle details.

Speaking of simplicity, Don Williams shows you how you can use a few common tools to add striking metal accents to your work. Williams — a noted restoration expert who recently retired from the Smithsonian Institution — uses a rotary tool, wire and a tool made from a concrete nail in this innovative technique.

So what part of angle theta from baseline x, combined with theta (2) from baseline y, equals your resultant angle? I don’t either, but that’s OK — Christopher Schwarz has a great technique of using perspective, no trigonometry in sight, to set rake and splay for chairmaking and more.

Furniture that changes into something else often has a “z” and a “boy” somewhere in its name (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Brian Hubel has created a floating-top table with complex curves that seems to change its shape as you change your view — but it’s solid as a rock. This simple project develops your band saw skills with the compound cuts used in this build.

Light or heavy? You can’t defy gravity, but you can use a few design tricks to make your furniture seem lighter or more substantial. Darrell Peart analyzes the design of Greene & Greene’s Thorsen House sideboard and other pieces to show how Charles Greene used subtle details to lighten a substantial piece of furniture.

George Walker’s Design Matters explores the mystery of the cyma curve — a design element you see almost everywhere. Peter Follansbee discusses the plain matted chair, a humble form with a long history, in his Arts & Mysteries column. Bob Flexner, in “Flexner on Finishing,” lets you in on the most important tool for wood finishing and repair. (Hint: it’s between your ears.)

And Don Williams appears again this month in End Grain, revealing some of the secrets of the famed Studley tool cabinet.

Grizzly Track Saw ‘Master Pack’

I’ve long been a fan of the track saw. For me, there’s no faster, safer or more reliable way to break down sheet goods into sizes I can handle. While I can wrestle a 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3⁄4″ plywood onto the cabinet saw if I must, it’s not easy...

The Solution to Finish Problems?

All sorts of damage can occur to a finish. I’ve written about the most common problems and how to fix them many times. Four of the articles I wrote for Popular Woodworking are included in my book, “Flexner on Finishing” (Popular Woodworking). These articles deal with problems such as water rings,...

End Grain: World’s Best-known Tool Cabinet

The amazing tool cabinet of piano-maker Henry O. Studley has fostered intense admiration and contemplation surrounding its origins and creator for nearly three decades. I’ve heard a lot of this speculation while conducting research for the book “Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley” (Lost Art Press). About...