November 2013 #207

Popular Woodworking Magazine November 13 Cover In “Fixed-width Panel Raiser,” the cover story for the November 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, Willard (Bill) Anderson builds a specialized handplane to raise panels. It’s a study in accurate layout with an understanding of angles, and the results are a shop-made plane that works great and stands the test of time. In “Woodworking Excellence,” get inspired by the winners in our inaugural woodworking competition.

Christopher Schwarz, in “6-board Chest,” builds an historic form that defies cross-grain construction, and he explains how to use your boards to dictate the chest size – plus you’ll learn what nails to use for what wood. Get to know finish expert Brian Miller, whose focus on Greene & Greene restoration has opened many doors in “A Finishing Passion,” by Marci Crestani. Senior Editor Charles “Chuck” Bender shares his “Five Favorite Jigs” to make work in the shop easier and far more accurate. Learn more about Peter Follansbee and how he connected with the Plimoth Plantation in “A 17th-century Joiner’s Life,” by Christopher Schwarz.

In this month’s Tool Test, we review a solidly built, smooth operating router lift setup in “Excalibur Deluxe Router Table Kit,” as well as the “Veritas Shooting Plane” and the “Eco-series Spray System by ASI-HVLP.”

In this month’s Design Matters, learn how storage items help with design in “Portable Drafting Table,” from George R. Walker. Robert W. Lang shares his techniques for perfect square holes from a “Hollow-chisel Mortiser” in Woodworking Essentials. Bob Flexner eases the task of sanding when he debunks “Fine Sanding Myths,” in Flexner on Finishing. Finally, in End Grain, Brian Boggs explains that one of the best sources to learn woodworking is on your workbench in “Myth of the Self-taught Craftsman.”

Design Matters: Portable Drafting Table

Move beyond a measured drawing and let your imagination reign. by George R. Walker Pages 18-20 Buy this issue now My 6-year-old nephew, Ryan, loves to eat cheese puffs and play with Legos. For his birthday, I bought him a set of the colorful plastic bricks to build a Lego attack helicopter, then watched...