Popular Woodworking February 2019

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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3 min.
the upside of a small shop

As this first issue of 2019 goes to press, I’m thinking a lot about my workshop. A few years ago, during the height of the KonMari craze, my girlfriend and I took everything in our apartment out of our closets, bookcases, dressers, drawers and cabinets, held each item in our hands, and decided whether or not to include it in our lives. Though it seemed a little hokey, we felt a sense of relief as we sold, donated and gave away the items that didn’t bring us joy. The result was more space for the items we did want in our lives, and a reduced sense of guilt when getting rid of things that didn’t make the cut. Except, I didn’t go through the process with my tools and shop…

4 min.
topcoat questions

Bob, I am having trouble with Minwax satin oil-based polyurethane. Here’s the story, I stained a table and it came out really nice. I wiped it down with mineral spirits to make sure I didn’t leave any stain behind. The first coat of poly went on well with a natural bristle brush. During the second coat, I made a mistake while brushing and had a spot run. So, I sanded with #320 grit to get the run out. I applied a third coat and got all the runs out but was unhappy I could see brush marks. I went back to the paint store and they suggested that I use wipe-on poly to eliminate brush marks. I made my own by mixing the oil-based polyurethane with mineral spirits, 50/50. The application went…

1 min.
workshop tips

Table Saw Tray A storage tray is a useful addition to any stationary tool. After adding this one to my table saw, I don’t know how I ever did without it. I made the tray about 3" deep—just deep enough to store the essentials lower than the surface of my saw, but shallow enough to keep items from getting buried. As a bonus, I found all the parts I needed to build it in my scrap bin. I bolted the tray to the saw using the factory-drilled holes for adding extension tables. The tray’s top edge is about/8" below the level of the saw, so it doesn’t interfere with the fence. —Dana Atwood Two-Sided Table Saw Insert I needed a 1/4" zero-clearance throat plate for cutting dados the other day, but my throat plate…

4 min.
new tools

Rockler Convertible Benchtop Router Table • CONVERTIBLE BENCHTOP ROUTER TABLE Rockler Woodworking and Hardware rockler.com Price: $199 Ever since I decided to commit to a one-car workshop, I’ve been extremely selective about the tools that I bring into the shop. A stand-alone router table hasn’t proven itself worthy of the square footage in my shop. But this Rockler convertible benchtop router table got my gears turning. What if I could fold up my router table and tuck it away? This router table is supported by folding legs that have two configurations, benchtop and wall-mount. In the benchtop mode, there is ample space on the feet to clamp the table to your workbench. In the wall-mount mode, the table is very sturdy, but keep in mind you’ll need room on your wall for infeed and…

1 min.
router bit storage case

Like all of our I Can Do That! projects, this case is designed to be useful, easy to build and made from inexpensive materials. The carcase is made from red oak with a plywood back. It features four removable shelves (held in place by simple metal brackets) that provide easy access to your 1/4" and 1/2" shank router bits. The frameless door is made from a polycarbonate sheet and the unique hinge design uses aluminum dowels. This case can be built in a day and will quickly enhance the workflow of your workshop. It can easily be scaled up or down, to accommodate a wide variety of router bits (or drill bits) to keep your shop organized. ONLINE EXTRAS Go to popularwoodworking.com/i-can-do-that to see the video and download the full plans. Cut List…

4 min.
10 router tips for furniture makers

Too many of us have our routers set up as dedicated roundover tools. There’s so much more to the router. We’ve pulled together some unique tips that will help you build incredible furniture. From face jointing small boards to best practices when approaching the bit without a fence, you’ll find a tip that helps you find yet another use for the router in the workshop. 1 SIMPLE BIT SPACER Manipulating two wrenches can be frustrating enough. Grab a piece of copper or something else bendable and make a bit spacer to avoid bottoming out your router bit in the collet. It’s as simple as it sounds. You can even make it long enough to rest on your router base if you align the height correctly. 2 FLATTENING A WIDE BOARD If your jointer isn’t…