October 2004

Popular Woodworking October 2004Our staff gives you the insight for setting up the best workshop for $1,500 in the October 2004 issue of Popular Woodworking. We give you the list of the tools that let you set up shop without maxing out your credit card or sacrificing accuracy.

Drawers are an essential component in many furniture projects. We offer four great tips to creating drawers in a simple, strong and fast way.

One afternoon – start to finish – is all it takes to create a tornado table. This 20th Century design may be the easiest (and coolest) table you’ll ever build.

Hand planes are the thoroughbreds of the shop. And this simple and effective hand plane cabinet is the barn.

A side-clamp honing guide is an essential jig that produces square, sharp edges every time.

Turn your framing square into a precision cabinetmaking tool.

Utilize vacuum pressure from a kitchen appliance to get glue into tight places.

Create age-old Mortise & Tenon joints using a router.

Learn the tricks for spindle-turning bottle stoppers.

Bob Flexner shows why it is not necessary to finish both sides of your tabletop to reduce warping.

Editor Steve Shanessy builds a steel-stringed guitar. Join him on his journey.

Learn to create your first cabriole legs using a template, band saw and a little lathe work.

Every project seems to require a block plane. Choose the right tool and learn to set it up properly.

Detailed article previews are below. Online extras can be found here.

Flexner on Finishing: Finish Both Sides? Not Necessary.

Leaving the underside of your tabletop bare doesn’t cause warping. By Bob Flexner Pages: 110-111 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Logic is usually a good guide, but it doesn’t always apply. A case in point is the widely held belief among woodworkers that the way to...

3 Most Essential Tools

You can’t buy them, but you already have at least two. By Jim Tolpin Pages: 102-103 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now When I started woodworking in New Hampshire with my fellow over educated woodbutcher buddies in the late 1960s, one of the most alluring aspects of...

Make Your First Cabriole Legs

Learn to create this classic furniture detail using a template, a band saw and a little lathe work. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 96-100 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now I like the look of the Queen Anne side table shown here mostly because of the elegant...

Steel-stringed Guitar

Building your first guitar is not just another project; it’s a journey. By Steve Shanesy Pages: 84-89 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Ever since my early days of woodworking, the idea of building a musical instrument has fascinated me. Unlike building cabinets and furniture, the delight...

Block Plane Basics

Get the most out of this versatile hand tool through proper tuning and good technique. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 80-83 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now My tool cabinet contains a number of planes – bench planes for smoothing,shoulder planes for trimming and even a full set...

Hand Plane Cabinet

Hard-working tools deserve a decent place to rest. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 72-79 On certain holidays, such as New Year’s Day, craftsmen in Japan clean their tools, put them on a shrine and offer them gifts such as sake and rice cakes. It is their way of thanking the tools for...

$1,500 Workshop

You don’t have to sacrifice quality to set up an affordable (and complete) workshop. These tools do good work on a budget. By David Thiel Pages: 66-71 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Most woodworkers don’t have the luxury of buying all the tools and machinery for...

3-D Mortising Upgrade

A modified cross-sliding table turns your drill press or benchtop mortiser into a precision boring machine. By David Thiel Pages: 61-65 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Affordable benchtop mortisers have changed the way many woodworkers produce joinery for a variety of projects. By being able to...

Woodworking Essentials: Intro to the Table Saw

By Nick Engler Pages: 53-60 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Few tools have revolutionized a craft as much as table saws have changed woodworking. These saws saved tedious hand work and – beyond making single pieces – made it possible to precisely reproduce parts quickly and...