Popular Woodworking August - September 2016

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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Active Interest Media
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3 min.
plus ça change…

I’ve been busy in my free time (such as it is) scurrying to prepare text files for the designer of an upcoming translation of the furniture making sections of André Jacob Roubo’s “l’Art du menuisier.” In case you’re not familiar with Roubo and his 18th-century tome, it’s basically a brain dump from a Paris-based, third-generation joiner. In five volumes, he shares everything he knows and has learned about cabinetmaking and furniture making (and many related woodworking crafts) through thousands of pages and 383 highly detailed illustrations of tools, the shop, joinery, furniture… But if you’ve been reading Popular Woodworking Magazine for more than a day, Roubo likely needs no introduction – and you’ve almost certainly seen Plate 11 before, or at least parts of it and projects based thereupon. Pictured here, it’s…

6 min.
keyhole fasteners

I need to replace some hardware for hanging things on the wall, but I don’t know what the pieces of metal are called. They’re inset into the wood, and have a round cutout and slot. Can you help? Emma Dugdale, via email Emma, Those are called “keyhole fasteners” or “keyhole hangers.” They’re available in both a single and double keyhole design, and can be flush-mounted or inset (for when you want the item completely flush with the wall). Typically, they’re used to provide a little bit of mechanical strength to frames, in addition to providing a hole for hanging them. I’d choose them only for lightweight applications – less than 15 or so pounds. Megan Fitzpatrick, editor Cost of Setting Up a Shop While I certainly take pleasure in using hand tools, I take great issue with Deneb…

5 min.
the winner: use doweling jig as center-finding gauge

I often need to find the center of a board for resawing (and other purposes). A quick way to do this is to use a cheap doweling jig and brad-point drill bit to mark the center, then set your marking gauge to the bit mark and strike a line. Alejandro Balbis, Longueuil, Quebec Keep Your Tools Well Oiled We all know that oiling our tools after every use is important. But I found that trying to oil my new rasps was a challenge; they quickly tore up any rag I tried to oil them with, and the oil didn’t get down to the base of the teeth. My solution is cheap and simple: an old toothbrush that I keep next to my oil rag. I just spritz a few drops of jojoba oil on the…

2 min.
lake erie toolworks moxon vise

Sure, you can make your own double twin-screw vise, but you don’t have to – there are several excellent commercial options. Add to that list the new Lake Erie Toolworks Moxon Vise kit. This hard maple vise arrives nicely packaged in four easy-to-put-together pieces; directions are included, but you likely won’t need them. But before you assemble it (which takes less than a minute), you might wish to sand the chops (they come nicely machine-surfaced), then add an oil finish to the chops and screw handles. The handles come sanded to #120 grit, which the maker, Nick Dombrowski, notes provides a good grip – so no need to sand those. I applied two coats of my go-to wipe-on shop-projects finish: equal parts varnish, boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits. Also, rub some paste…

2 min.
blue spruce toolworks 4" x 6" square

One thing I always worry about with fixed-blade metal try squares (especially beautiful and expensive ones) is the reality that rough handling or an accidental drop from the workbench can knock them out of alignment and render them useless. The new 4" x 6" square by Blue Spruce Toolworks has an answer for that. Instead of being fixed with pins, the hardened steel blade is fixed on an integrated pivoting mechanism and, with the aid of two thoughtful set screws, can easily be adjusted for a lifetime of accurate use. The mechanism itself is robust, and I found it nearly impossible to knock the square out of alignment. In the end I loosened the screws to simulate misalignment, but within a few seconds I was able to reset the high-carbon steel…

2 min.
naniwa sink bridge for sharpening stones

The stainless steel sink bridge from Naniwa is not a new product – but it’s a welcome new addition to my shop at home. I don’t (yet) have a dedicated sharpening area set up, so until I get around to that, I’m resorting to the laundry sink. The problem is, that sink is quite deep with no flat area around it (or place to put one) on which to set my stones for a session of sharpening. This sturdy bridge solves the problem. It adjusts to fit any straight-edged sink from 15 3/4" to 22" and keeps a solid grip on my plastic sink’s edges as I sharpen (the only problem is the thin-walled sink – it flexes a little if I get overzealous). The bridge cinches in place stones from…