Popular Woodworking December 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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3 min.
do unto others’ tools

On Instagram recently, I posted the picture below – a wooden coffin smoother in someone else’s shop. The tool – a handplane at rest – was on its side. It got many comments – both for and against. I’ve heard several rationalizations for placing a plane on its side: 1) It protects the iron. You won’t dull or nick the blade by accidentally pushing it into the benchtop or into or across stuff on your benchtop, such as metal filings or a piece of sandpaper (or another tool). (Adherents to this argument presumably always place chisels bevel down for the same reasons.) 2) It protects the benchtop. You won’t gouge your bench by accidentally pushing the plane across it. 3) It lowers the plane’s center of gravity on the bench, making it (slightly) less…

6 min.
liquid hide glue manufacture date

I just bought a fresh bottle of Titebond Liquid Hide Glue from my hardware store, but I can’t find the expiration date. Didn’t it used to be stamped on the bottle? David Schneider, Canton, Ohio David, While there’s no longer a “use by” date on the bottle, there is a date of manufacture – you just have to know how to read the code (note: The company’s PVA glues use the same coding system). The bottle on my desk, from a case I bought a couple weeks ago, has the code A608190073. The “A” stands for America, its country of origin. The first number, 6 in my example, is the last number in the year of manufacture. The next two numbers, 08, are the month of manufacture. The next two, 19, are the day…

3 min.
frame clamps aid dovetail transfer

I needed a way to secure the tail board on the pin board for marking on a large case project while transferring the layout. So, I used two picture-frame clamps to hold both pieces square and in line while I marked the pin locations. It worked like a charm. Bob Glenn, Vincennes, Indiana No Board Jack or Sliding Deadman? No Problem I don’t have a sliding deadman to support long boards on edge at my bench (it’s one of those projects on the ever expanding “to-do” list). So when I need to joint the edge of a longer board, I use a handscrew instead. The long, wide jaws are very stable on the benchtop – especially when held in place with a holdfast. Jason Thigpen, Menard, Texas Use the Nail to Drill the Pilot This is an…

3 min.
nova voyager dvr drill press

With a vast array of computer-controlled settings and a “smart” motor, the Voyager 18" drill press from NOVA/Teknatool will certainly appeal to the technology geeks among us. And while I’m a bit of a Luddite when it comes to machinery, this drill press is undeniably cool. What’s most notable is the 1 3/4-horsepower “digital variable reluctance” (DVR) motor with speeds from 50 to 5,500 revolutions per minute, making the machine suitable for metal, glass and plastics as well as wood. There are no belts or pulleys to adjust for speed or tensioning, and the motor maintains your selected speed under load to keep it from stalling. (The 110-volt machine is also remarkably quiet.) I tried valiantly to make it stall by drilling a 1 1/2"-deep hole with a 2" Forstner bit in…

1 min.
big horn bench dogs

Any decent workbench with a face vise will allow you to easily work the ends and edges of stock, but finding an efficient and effective way to flatten and dress the faces of boards can sometimes be a puzzle. The solution is a good set of bench dogs, and these small ones by Big Horn are a perfect fit for any workshop. These diminutive dogs might not look like much, but they have plenty of bite. They’re sized to fit any 3/4"-diameter hole in your benchtop that is at least 2" deep, so if you’re already set up to use holdfasts, these will drop right in. They also work great in aprons or sliding deadmen to support longer boards held in a vise, and ably secure bench jigs and shooting boards…

2 min.
kreg custom pocket-hole plug cutter

The Kreg pocket-hole jig is the workhorse joinery method in our beginner woodworking “I Can Do That” series of articles, videos and books. When we design those pieces, we’re careful to hide the pocket holes, because we don’t want them to show. Sure, one can buy ready-made plugs, but only in “paint grade” and select hardwoods (and plastic); the available choices might not match your species, plus it requires a trip to the store. You can also fill the pocket holes with some sort of putty – but it will eventually shrink or crack with wood movement; putty is not a permanent solution. Now, Kreg has come up with a “Custom Pocket-Hole Plug Cutter” jig and bit that enables you to cut perfectly sized plugs from your project stock so that the…