Popular Woodworking February 2018

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.
woodworking idioms

I’m not generally a superstitious person, but whenever I say something that I hope will come to fruition (e.g. “I hope we get 30,000 more subscribers in 2018” or “One day, my home renovations will be complete”), I knock on the closest thing made of wood (or on my head, if there’s no actual wood in sight). The action is an apotropaic vestige of Druidism and other tree-worshipping religions – supposedly, one laid one’s hands on a tree when praying to the gods. Here, we “knock on wood”; in Great Britain, I’ve most often heard it as “touch wood.” “Fade into the woodwork” and “Crawl out of the woodwork” sound like two sides of the same baseboard. In the former, the woodwork must not be very noticeable. The latter implies there…

6 min.
mortises that meet

The drawings for David Thiel’s Prairie Spindle Chair (page 158, “Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects,” second edition) do not indicate the placement of mortises on the legs. It appears they are centered. If they are 7/8" deep (and the tenons 7/8" long) as mentioned in the text, however, the mortises from one side break through the mortises on the adjoining side on the back legs. Are the mortises supposed to be 3/4" deep, rather than 7/8"? Alton Jelks, via email Alton, The mortises on the legs should indeed be centered. And yes, at 7/8" long, both the mortises and the tenons intersect. So, I cut miters on the ends of the tenons so they meet at the inside corner. It’s your call if you’d prefer to size the mortises and tenons at 3/4" to avoid…

4 min.
the winner: shop-made jig for trimming laminate

When applying laminate on a narrow edge, it’s a little tricky to not tip the router and undercut the edge. The surface on which the router must balance is often not wide enough to provide adequate support. I made this fixture from two pieces of plywood dadoed and screwed together for strength. It makes the job of holding the router at the correct angle for trimming laminate a lot easier and negates the usual balancing act. Dan Martin, Galena, Ohio Use Rubber Bands for Clamping More Than Veneer I was looking for a way to secure cork on a curved vise chop while the glue dried. Then I remembered the venerable rubber band method for clamping veneer. So, I used a bunch of rubber bands over the bend, and added a caul to the…

1 min.
next-generation bessey revo clamps

We love the original wooden-handled Bessey K Body clamps. But they became unavailable in 2008 when Bessey released the Revo clamps, which had a larger clamping surface (of about 30 percent) than the K Bodies and a soft-grip handle that allowed for easier and more comfortable tightening – but we found the clamps often slipped under heavy pressure, particularly if the bars got wet (say, when you’re cleaning up glue). Plus, the plastic on the clamp heads broke easily when dropped. Bessey is about to release the next generation of Revos (they’ll be available in the first quarter of 2018), so we got a handful of them in for testing, and I talked with Karl Kish in Bessey’s product development group about the changes. The company got complaints, he said, that the…

2 min.
lixie dead blow mallet

Well-fit joinery (not too loose, not too tight) and well-planned glue-ups rarely need much persuasion – but I am not always lucky enough to find myself with either of those. In the past, I’ve used big rubber mallets, small sledges and framing hammers (with a block of wood, of course) to bring home tight joints or break apart a glue joint. During a recent glue-up, I slipped and ended up with a hammerhead-shaped ding in a workpiece from a glue-up gone wrong. I’ve seen a number of recommended rubber and dead-blow mallets, but I remembered one we had at College of the Redwoods (now the Krenov School) – the Lixie Dead Blow Mallet. This messy glue-up was what I needed to finally get around to ordering one. Lixie makes a wide range…

2 min.
bad axe tool works d-8 handsaws

Making a good handsaw is difficult; making great handsaws at a production level seems darned near impossible. The new D-8 handsaws (based on the Disston D8 and Simonds No. 72) from Bad Axe Tool Works somehow invoke all of the best things about the golden age of sawmaking in America while setting a new benchmark for quality. Bad Axe offers the D-8 in 24" and 26" plate sizes in dedicated rip or crosscut configurations, and I had the pleasure of testing a 26" ripsaw (5.5 ppi) and a 24" crosscut saw (9 ppi). I put them straight to work breaking down 50' of 6/4 Southern yellow pine and the ripsaw powered through 10'-long cuts with ease while the crosscut performed with precision and speed. Both tracked impeccably in both hard and…