November 2014 #214

Popular Woodworking Magazine November 14 Cover A live-edge top and spalted beech doors bring an organic twist to the clean lines of a hanging cabinet that mixes classic and contemporary. Michael Dunbar, the wizard of the Windsor, shows you three innovative joints that will keep your chairs solid no matter how much your sitters lean, plop and squirm; In “Must-Have Router Bits,” Chuck Bender trims away confusion to show you the four router profiles your shop shouldn’t be without. Chuck shows how you can make almost any moulding or cut you need with just a few sizes of each bit’s profile. This month, you’ll also learn how to make a contemporary splay-leg table that looks hard to build — but despite the splay legs, it’s not. “Bookend Inlay” is one of the hallmarks of Federal-period furniture – you’ll learn how to use common tools and a pan of hot sand to make four variations of this design (and in our December issue, you’ll see how to build the rest of the table that features this beautiful inlay).

Looking for inspiration for a fall project? You’ll find plenty as we present the winners of the second annual PWM Excellence Awards, as determined by you and the editors. You’ll love how our Grand-Prize winner used walnut, ebony, olive, ash and dyed sycamore to create remarkable marquetry inside his winning entry.

In this month’s Tool Test, we review the Hammer K3, an Austrian sliding table saw that’s worth the price (which isn’t much more than a typical U.S. cabinet saw); the Angle-Ease, a tilting router base from Woodhaven…and a secret tool to be revealed on Oct. 13. George Walker gives his slant on “Fair Curves” in Design Matters; Peter Follansbee looks at interesting and unusual tools from the past in his Arts & Mysteries column (what – you haven’t used a thixtell?); and in End Grain, Joe McMahon says goodbye to his longtime love (and his wife is still around).

Plus Tricks of the Trade, reader letters and more.

Flexner on Finishing: Furniture Deterioration

Cracking, crazing and physical wear have specific causes and remedies. by Bob Flexner pages 59-60 Everyone who buys, sells, works on or collects old furniture, or who has some in their house, has to be concerned with deterioration. It’s staring them in the face every time they look at the furniture....

Angle-Ease Router Base from Woodhaven

By Chuck Bender page 16 A router table that tilts opens up vast new worlds when it comes to making mouldings. The one feature that I love about the Angle-Ease (from Woodhaven) is its ability to tilt. This lift gives you the ability to make complex mouldings with a router that...

End Grain: Losing the Love of My Life

With great pain comes great amounts of casserole. by Joe McMahon page 64 The Bride wanted to start with one, but I wanted a dozen. Then one warm summer day, the Warden whispered in my ear those magical words: “Which would it be?” I spent the next eternity, silently ticking the...

Hammer K3 Winner

Get European accuracy and quality at a great price. by Chuck Bender page 14 Most woodworkers only dream about owning a European sliding table saw. The size and price tend to be limiting factors, particularly for those not making a living from their woodcraft. The Hammer K3 Winner series of table...