Popular Woodworking November 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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Active Interest Media
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6 Números

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2 min.
striving for progress

What you’re reading right now is the culmination of months of planning, decision-making and negotiating. Though I wish we could have fewer ads and more pages in each issue, within the confines of our limits, I’m very happy with how things have come together, both here and on our website. Is there room for improvement? Absolutely. We’ll continue doing our best to make things as good as they can be. Over the past year, we’ve been building a new foundation to ensure that Popular Woodworking will continue to thrive in a world where, increasingly, people do not make as much stuff as they used to. Every chair we make, every handmade table we eat at and every piece of antique furniture we save is positive progress against a culture that doesn’t…

2 min.

Another Question about Varnished Doors I have a follow-up question to your response regarding varnished wooden doors that appeared in the June 2018 (#239) issue. I live in the Texas Hill Country and have a northeast facing alder door and sidelights that have good overhang protection against water, but they do receive direct morning sun for several hours. The door is about four years old. I know that it was originally finished with Helmsman’s spar varnish, which according to you provides little in the way of UV protection. The finish is beginning to develop a blue-grayish chalking/oxidation which is rough to the touch. If I wet the surface with mineral spirts, the topcoat returns to clear while wet. My question is what is the best course of action at this stage? Can…

1 min.
new @ shopwoodworking.com

WORKING RECLAIMED WOOD By Yoav Liberman Reclaimed wood is intriguing for many reasons. It’s environmentally friendly, it’s unique, it tells a story and it can often be inexpensive or completely free. Working Reclaimed Wood guides you through the entire process of finding, using and finishing reclaimed wood. THE HANDY SHOP REFERENCE By Tom Begnal From calculating odd joint angles to choosing the right hardware, finish or adhesive for your project, this quick-reference compendium puts the answers at your fingertips. It’s one of the hardest-working little shop helpers you could hope to have!…

4 min.

Blue Spruce Ultimate Coping Saw Coping saws are a bit of a divisive subject among woodworkers. Some folks swear that their $3 coping saw from the hardware store has never let them down and the other camp has tried to engineer the tool to perfection. The Blue Spruce Ultimate Coping Saw is another step toward perfecting the coping saw. In my mind, the heart of the matter is that no matter how rigid and how strong you make a coping saw, the blade is so thin, it’ll be the weakest point. However, when you eliminate all other variables, you can count on the blade being the reason for failure. The Blue Spruce saw is machined from aluminum and uses carbon fiber struts in parallel to keep the weight down and achieve maximum stiffness.…

2 min.
workshop tips

Dovetailed Drill Press Table To avoid making a new wooden drill press table each time one gets full of holes, I made a table with a dovetail-shaped sliding insert. The insert has room for many more holes, and is easily replaceable. By extending one end, it can also support long stock. Removing the insert also creates a cavity for a sanding drum. The table is two layers thick, each made from 3/4" MDF. Attach the bottom layer, or subbase, to the cast iron table of your drill press. Make the top layer—the working table—whatever size you want. Cut a center section about 3" wide, and make a few extra centers for use later. Saw the angled edges of the table’s pieces at 20°. Clamp the front piece, the insert, and the back piece…

5 min.
rough around the edges

One of my favorite places is a neighborhood Italian market called DeVitis. Every time I step through the door, I stop and let the smells of a great kitchen waft over me. Italian sausages and cheeses, sauces and whatever is on special that day grab my nose and render me helpless. And to make matters worse, someone’s likely to ask me to try a cannoli or some bread straight from the oven with garlic butter. That glorious kitchen aroma gets me every time. Yet oddly enough, when I have wandered around the store for a few minutes, that rush of culinary goodness seems to fade. I can still smell the aroma but don’t have that dramatic rush like those first seconds when I stepped from the street into that intensely…