Popular Woodworking April 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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Active Interest Media
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6 Números

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2 min.
from the editor

There’s a running joke at our house. I’ll spend a day in the shop, punctuated with trips back and forth to the hardware store. Then I come in the house, and my girlfriend asks me, “What’re you making?” And I’ll say, “Oh, just more stuff for the shop.” Like many woodworkers, I don’t have the luxury of unlimited space or an unlimited budget. I’m always puzzling over ways to give myself more room in the shop or better ways to store tools and organize the materials I keep on hand (or ways to convince my better half that parking in the driveway is better than parking in the garage even in the dead of winter). I’ll head out to the shop to finally start in on the furniture project I’ve had…

4 min.

Setting Up Shop I’m in the process of converting a 360 square foot boat storage shed into a workshop and have two issues—among other things—that need to be addressed. Those are lighting and heating for my 18' x 20' shop space. 1. Lighting: I’d like to put in LED lighting right off the bat. When looking for lighting how many lumens should I ideally be looking for? What about the Kelvin temperature? Are there any other considerations that I should be aware of? 2. Heating: My shop is located 20 minutes from the base of Mt. Hood in Oregon. I need to find a cost-effective and efficient heating solution that I can hang off the ceiling or the wall, as I don’t want to take up viable floor space. The heater can only…

4 min.
workshop tips

Vacuum-Hose Dust Control Dust is a real problem when you can’t use a router table’s fence and its dustport. If you’re routing curved parts with a bearing-guided bit, for example, you don’t use a fence, but you do make a lot of dust. I’ve devised a way to suck up that dust with my shop vacuum’s nozzle. The nozzle is attached by a bolt to an adjustable stand that allows me to aim the nozzle directly at the bit. All you need to make the stand is some common hardware and a board that’s as long as your router table. The fixture that holds the nozzle is made from two L-brackets. To build the stand, overlap the brackets so they form a U shape and line up their holes. Center the brackets…

3 min.

Mirka Iridium Abrasives The new Mirka Iridium abrasive paper has proven to be a workhorse in the Popular Woodworking shop. I’ve used it on several builds and I’ve found myself not dreading sanding quite as much. The paper cuts fast and doesn’t clog up like some other abrasives we've used. With proper dust collection on the sander, I found no issue with dust left behind. I did notice that the backing didn’t hold on to the Mirka sander after dropping it in a pile of saw dust—that sheet had plenty of abrasive left but I couldn’t get it to stick again. I also found that the writing on the back of the paper faded quickly, leaving me a little disoriented after working through the grits. Overall, I was delighted with how…

5 min.
the power of frame & panel joinery

My first how-to woodworking forays in the late 1970s were badly aimed. Starting out by reading about cabinetmaking, I was in way over my head. Wood selection, grain orientation, bookmatching; so much of what I was reading was aimed at advanced woodworkers. But I was a beginner. I backed up somehow and started learning about cutting the joints. The dovetail ruled supreme at the time. It was as if it was a marker for quality. Life often throws us curveballs, mine was the onslaught of “green woodworking” books by Drew Langsner, Jennie Alexander and Roy Underhill. These books (and people) saved my woodworking career. I segued into chairmaking and other pursuits based on stock riven or split from freshly felled logs. Along the way, I learned the all-important and versatile mortise-and-tenon…

5 min.
chasing a vision

I used to work with a guy whose nickname was the Wiz. He was an exceptional liar and a great storyteller. When the Wiz told a story he’d get all worked up, his arms waving and the veins popping out of his bald head. We used to joke that the reason he got so excited was because he didn’t know how the story was going to end either. Design is a little bit like that idea that the ending isn’t always certain at the beginning. We might have an idea of what we want to build, how big it should be, or what sort of wood we might use. But the project starts out as just some sort of vision off in the distance that’s blurred and not quite in focus. The…