Popular Woodworking August 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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6 Números

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2 min.
trying new things

One of the reasons I love woodworking is that there’s always something new to try. It may be a new technique, a new tool, a new finish or even just a species of wood I haven’t used before. As a woodworker, you never stop learning. That’s a good thing, though it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the possibilities, too. I’ve been learning a lot of new things at Popular Woodworking, thinking about how we can add some new ideas into the conversation. Looking back through our archives, it’s fun to see new ideas come to light and evolve. It’s also funny to think about how things haven’t changed, too. For one, how woodworkers dress hasn’t really changed at all. And a table saw is still a spinning blade in a flat…

4 min.
revisiting norm’s adirondack chair

I’m a middle school technology education instructor here at Mount Markham, which is in central New York. Last year, I tossed around the idea of doing an Adirondack chair build with my 8th grade Advanced Tech kids. I did a ton of research on different chair designs, and as you can well imagine, came up with hundreds of variations of the classic Adirondack chair. I must admit that I’m not normally inclined to use other’s plans when doing a project – until I ran across an August 2005 article in Popular Woodworking titled “Norm Abram’s Adirondack Chair.” I read the article several times and went over and over the plans and could find little to improve on. In retrospect, there are probably very few out there that could improve any of…

3 min.
adjustable router stop block

I am making a bed headboard which requires multiple mortise and tenon joints on different wood thicknesses. I am routing my mortises and seeing the stop line that was laid out for the mortise was challenging at times. I wanted a stop block that would be easy to use and would be versatile enough to use on all the various thicknesses. I used some scrap maple from the headboard and drilled a hole in the top piece, then cut a slot with a scroll saw. I lined up the stationary vertical piece with the edge of the top piece and countersunk two screws. I then drilled a pilot hole in the movable vertical piece, placed a round head screw with a washer through the slot and screwed it into the pilot…

1 min.
online extras

For links to all online extras, go to: • popularwoodworking.com/aug18 TRICKS ONLINE: We post tricks from the past and film videos of some Tricks of the Trade in use in our shop. They’re available online, free. Visit popularwoodworking.com/tricks to read and watch. Our products are available online at: • ShopWoodworking.com Cash and prizes for your tricks and tips! Each issue we publish woodworking tips from our readers. Next issue’s winner receives a $250 gift certificate from Lee Valley Tools, good for any item in the catalog or on the website (leevalley.com). (The tools pictured below are for illustration only and are not part of the prize.) Runners-up each receive a check for $50 to $100. When submitting a trick, include your mailing address and phone number. All accepted entries become the property of Popular Woodworking…

1 min.
florip toolworks dovetail saw

When Erik Florip of Florip Toolworks announced that he would be offering a premium dovetail saw for $85, he immediately had my attention. At that price point, these saws are positioned well below other premiums saws, and just slightly above some very popular budget alternatives. This saw comes standard with a 16ppi rip filed 9" plate (.017"), folded brass back and a canted plate that offers 1/8" depth of cut at the toe opening up to 1 1/2" at the heel. It cut smoothly and tracked straight in a variety of hard and softwoods leaving a whisper-thin kerf. Although I sometimes felt that it would benefit from slightly more set to the teeth, especially in material thicker than 3/4", a saw this size really excels in thinner stock. The hang of the…

1 min.
woodriver bevel-edge socket chisels

When WoodRiver announced its new socket chisels, I was very intrigued. Price-wise, these chisels fall into the intermediate range – $35-$45 for an individual chisel (depending on size). I picked up a 1/2" chisel and a 3/4" chisel to put through the paces. The chisels are ground from 100 CR-V steel and tempered to a hardness of HRC 58-63. In use, that means the chisels are hardened to hold an edge well while still being able to be sharpened relatively easily. Out of the package, the backs of the chisels were very nearly flat – just a couple minutes of flattening each for setup (and that might have been overkill on my part). The chisels come ground with a 25° bevel. I put a 30° micro bevel on both chisels, then put…