Popular Woodworking April 2017

Whether it's a solo or group project, a home-improvement undertaking or a simple piece of art, Popular Woodworking lets you into the world of woodworking crafts. Each issue of Popular Woodworking features numerous projects for the expert craftsperson and the interested beginner.

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2 min.
show off your work – it could win you $1k

Dig out the best pictures of your work – or get started now on a new piece – and enter the fifth annual PWM Excellence Awards for a chance at the $1,000 grand prize. Submissions will be accepted in five categories from April 1-June 16 at popularwoodworking.com/2017readerexcellence. There’s no fee to enter – the only “string” attached is that we’ll print the work of the grand-prize winner, the winners in each of the five categories and the Readers’ Choice winners in the November 2017 issue. You can enter up to five pieces total in the five following categories: • Casework, Cabinets & Bookcases • Seating • Tables • Boxes & Smalls (a “small,” for example, might be a mantel clock or a beautiful shop-made wooden tool) • Turnings, Carvings & Objets d’Art (“objets” encompass wall-hung art pieces,…

6 min.
shaker candle stand grain orientation

The Shaker candle stand is a fine piece, and a good exercise in handwork. But I have two complaints. 1) The grain orientation shown in the legs has the thin parts with grain at right angles – a great possibility for a break! 2) The proposed dovetail layout jig is way too complicated, and would be warranted only if one were planning a production run. The time would be better spent with saw and chisel. Tom Higby, Fowlerville, Michigan Tom, The grain orientation of the leg I wrote about is precisely how the original Shaker pieces were made (see the photos below of the original). I was skeptical about the thin tapered toe as well, but it really does not affect the stability of the table at all. The short grain at the ends of…

5 min.
the winner: centering mortises for angled work

When drilling mortises for chair arms, such as those in a ladderback chair, it can be difficult to accurately center your bit. But wrap a string around the rear post at the mortise location and then around the front post, and finding the center gets a lot easier. By resting the bit extender on the front post and using the string to visually locate center while drilling, you ensure the mortise will also be angled correctly. David Douyard, Pine Meadow, Connecticut Use a Wedge to Measure Gaps in Hard-to-reach Places An easy way to measure a gap that is in a difficult place to reach with a ruler is to take a wedge and insert it into the gap, then mark a line on the top of the wedge at the intersection. While you could then…

3 min.
j. wilding hollow & round planes

Jeremiah Wilding is relatively new to the wooden planemaker brethren, but his planes perform as if he’s been making them for decades – and he’s offering them at a price that won’t break the bank. I tested a J. Wilding No. 6 ( 3/8" radius) hollow and round pair; they perform on par with M.S. Bickford and Old Street Tool planes – but there are some stylistic differences (more on that in a minute). The mouths are right, ejecting shavings neatly and consistently, and the wedges hold tight with a perfect fit against the blind side. And they are comfortable in the hand. Wilding offers his planes sharpened and unsharpened. So I got the hollow sharpened, and it worked perfectly, producing crisp shavings with an absolute minimum of fuss. The round came unsharpened,…

2 min.
beadlock pro joinery kit

I looked to the Beadlock Pro recently when I found myself needing four loose-tenon joints for a project – I wanted an economic but quick solution, and didn’t want to make a router jig. The Beadlock system, which cuts mortises up to 3 1/2" wide, uses a standard drill bit with a stop collar to first guide your drilling of a series of three holes. Then the guide block is shifted slightly to drill two overlapping holes evenly spaced within the first three. Together, these create an undulating mortise into which the Beadlock tenons fit perfectly. It’s quick, simple and at the right price for this quick job. Initial setup of the Beadlock is important – it isn’t self-centering, but this allows for more variety in tenon location. Just make sure to…

2 min.
veritas mortise chisels from lee valley tools

The Veritas (Lee Valley) mortise chisels are awesome in every sense of the word. They’re big, heavy and can plow through a mortise in just a few good passes. The size, shape and substantial thickness of the blades bring English “dagger”-style mortise chisels to mind, while the overall shape and length give them the feel of elegant Japanese or sash mortise chisels in the hand. The chisels are available in 1/8", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8" and 1/2" (and as a set of five). I tested the 1/4" size in both A2 and PM-V11 steel and found little practical difference between the two in terms of edge retention or overall performance. (Their paths diverged at the sharpening stones, however, where PM-V11 was the clear winner, taking a finer edge with fewer strokes.) The…