June 2018 #239

Will Myers shows you how to make a pair of simple, sturdy sawhorses from humble Southern Yellow Pine. They’re super strong yet collapse for storage and transport – one of the best designs we’ve seen. Then, Tim Celeski shows you how to build a Greene & Green masterpiece – the Blacker House mirror. Through a combination of simple jigs and delicate handwork, you’ll be able to batch out a bunch of these for yourself and for gifts, one of the author’s favorite uses. Next, Nancy Hiller presents the second installment of her series on hinges, giving tips for installing some of the trickier sorts. Plus, Chris Schwarz shows you how to make a folding bookstand, we tell you about a few great new tools, share insight on choosing wood, designing furniture for its surroundings and give you the straight scoop on grain raising.

Bevel planing. After the mortise is chopped and the groove is plowed, bevel the edge of the parts. Check the fi t as you go, and make small adjustments.

Mitered Mortise & Tenon – June 2018

A mitered mortise and tenon joint brings an English charm to a New England-style chest. by Peter Follansbee For me, the timing of writing for a magazine is hard to wrap my head around. The season that I write in is never the season my stuff gets read. As I write...

Learning Happens Through Doing

At Women’s Woodshop, no one has to prove themselves to be a maker. By Jess Hirsch Page 64 I fell in love with woodworking because of the material itself; wood’s movement with the seasons, its reactions to metals and oxidation and a grain that holds a history of seasonal storms, heavy branches...

Grain Raising

A better understanding of what causes grain raising will help you manage it. By Bob Flexner Pages 58-60 Grain raising, including its causes and how to handle it, is not well understood by woodworkers. This leads to instructions that result in your sanding more than necessary to remove it and often...

Addition by Subtraction

When adding design elements, less is often more. By George R. Walker Pages 22-24 One useful way to think about furniture design is to think about it as a language. It’s a set of ideas and structures furniture makers and builders passed down through the centuries to express their ideas in...

On Wood Selection

Both fast- and slow-growing wood present good opportunities. By Peter Follansbee Pages 26-28 Wood selection is an important part of any woodworking project. I sometimes feel like I take it to an extreme, like I’m some kind of oak snob. Sometimes people see pieces I reject and they can’t understand what’s...

The Joy of Woodworking – Out On a Limb

By Andrew Zoellner, Editor Popular Woodworking, June 2018 Page 8 Earlier this year, I took the reins of Popular Woodworking. To be perfectly honest, it’s been a little nuts. How did I get here? The short story is that I’ve been a writer and editor in the DIY/woodworking/craft magazine world for...

Folding Bookstand

It starts out the size of a smartphone and opens to make your reading (or cooking) easier. By Christopher Schwarz Pages 50-54 How-to books, cookbooks and sheet music are inconvenient to use while you’re in the workshop, kitchen or concert hall. That’s why bookstands (and music stands) were invented. These, however,...

5 Tricky Hinges

By Nancy Hiller Pages 44-48 In the April issue (#238) I wrote about several types of hinges commonly in use and described various techniques for installing them. For the second article in this series, here are five hinges with more specialized uses. 95° Stop Hinges Stop hinges are an excellent choice...

Breakdown Sawhorses

Practice your hand-tool skills and make a pair of strong, collapsible workshop companions. By Will Myers Pages 38-43 About a year and a half ago my wife took a job in eastern North Carolina. My work is still on the western end of the state, so most weeks I travel back...