Popular Woodworking February - March 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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6 Números

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2 min.
2016 queen city woodworking fun

I’ve had to hastily rethink my topic for this editor’s note. Just as we were getting ready to sign off on the editorial pages for the issue, we got the signed contract back from the conference site staff for Woodworking in America 2016. So, I’m happy to announce (earlier than has been typical for several years!) that this year’s event will be Sept. 16-18 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Ky., just across the river from downtown Cincinnati. That weekend is also Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2016 – the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the United States (and, with 48,000 participants, proud record-holder of the world’s largest chicken dance). In other words, in addition to Sept. 16-18 being a weekend of woodworking fun, friendship and learning, there could be copious amounts of beer…

6 min.
trimming a holdfast cuts holding ability

I am building the “21st-century Workbench” by Robert W. Lang featured in the October 2008 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine (#171). My question regards the cross holes in the front of the benchtop; I assume they are for securing a board in a vertical position. How deep are these holes drilled? It seems my choices are to drill holes 6" deep or cut off some of the shaft of each of my holdfasts. What would you suggest? I am also concerned about my benchtop being “honeycombed.” Although I have been woodworking for many years, I have never built a nice workbench like this and I don’t want to screw it up. Tom Jackson, via e-mail Tom, The holes on the front edge of the bench-top (which, were it me building this bench, I would drill before laminating…

6 min.
the winner: no-mar bench dog

There are times when you need to hold a workpiece securely against a dog in the workbench, but don’t want to risk damage to the work from a hard bench dog. Here’s a simple bench dog that will be kind to your work – and you can make it in just a few minutes. The dog holes in my bench are 3/4" in diameter, so I used a short length of 3/4"-diameter hardwood dowel with a shorter length of 3/4" inside-diameter x 1" outside-diameter vinyl tubing (available at home centers) pressed over one end of the dowel. To facilitate putting the tubing over the dowel, sand or plane a small chamfer on the end of the dowel and soften the vinyl by immersing it in boiling water. Then don protective gloves as…

6 min.
craftsman 10" sliding miter saw

When sliding miter saws first hit the market, they could cost as much as a decent table saw. So I was shocked when I saw the price tags on the new line of miter saws by Craftsman (starting at less than $200). Surely they must be terrible, inaccurate and shoddily made. So I bought one that is ideal for making furniture: The 10" compact slide miter saw (model No. 137.407530), which was $229 on that particular Saturday (watch for sales). I have a small shop, so I wanted a saw that had a small footprint but lots of cutting capacity. The saw is remarkable for its price. It has a few compromises and bits I don’t like, but overall it’s affordable, accurate and well worth owning. The 10" sliding saw can handle a 2x12…

5 min.
look beneath the surface

Jim Sannerud is a gifted artisan who turns wooden bowls that are inspired by the rich tradition of Scandinavian woodcraft. Recently, I was admiring his work when the conversation shifted to clay potters who turn their work on a wheel. Jim looked up from the bowl he was working on and made a simple yet profound observation. Potters and turners share a common language and the two crafts have always shared ideas and inspiration. Now this language Jim spoke about is not some secret jargon known only to bowl turners. We often think of language strictly in terms of words. But languages that express ideas can go far beyond the limits of words. In Jim’s world, the language is primarily about describing curves. In truth, our spoken language has a very limited range…

22 min.
perfect proportions

I designed this compact stand-up desk to meet a prescription from my doctor to be less sedentary. “Sitting is the new smoking,” I was admonished. It was also to give me a challenge: to create a project start to finish almost entirely within the realm of pre-industrial technology, ramping up my education in how traditional artisans got things done. My goals were to design the desk to human body-related harmonic ratios (a design sensibility predominant through the end of the 18th century), use joinery that negated the need for glue or fasteners for structural longevity and build the project primarily with hand-powered tools. The desk also had to be perfectly comfortable to work at and to be, at the least, handsome. The Design Process The design process began with determining a single parameter: the height…