Issue #242 of Popular Woodworking takes a closer look at routers. Our Editor, Andrew Zoellner, shares the secrets of the Lock Miter bit. Clean and strong drawer joinery is a snap once you learn a few tricks on how to set the bit up. He also shares his step by step build of a mitered credenza that features eye-catching woven veneer doors. This build will show you how to make simple drawer slides with strips of UHMW plastic and perfect mitered corners in your casework with a 45° router bit.
A knockdown shave horse is a welcome addition to anyone’s shop. Built from simple materials and with smart construction, Amy Pate offer’s insight into how they built this shavehorse in collaboration with Tools for Working Wood in Brooklyn. You can build it in a weekend!
And, Jim McConnell shows us how he built a set of Shinto-inspired bar stools from two slabs of 48”x12” 8/4 material. The turned legs feature gentle tapers that lead to an elegant seat that takes its design cues from the Torii gates that lead to Shinto shrines in Japan.
We also feature a router bit storage case from I Can Do That!, and 10 router tips that will inspire you to try new techniques. George Walker shares his expertise on designing with proportions in mind and Bob Flexner shares his best fixes for the most common finishing problems. Finally, Bill Rainford reminds us of Tage Frid’s lasting influence.
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