Popular Woodworking June - July 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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2 min.
might your work be award winning?

The submission period opened on April 1 for the 2016 PWM Excellence Awards – but there’s still plenty of time to enter your work (and be in the running for the $1,000 Grand Prize). Submissions will be accepted at popularwoodworking.com/2016readerexcellence through June 17. This is the fourth annual PWM Excellence Awards; every year, the competition gets stiffer and more varied – I’m eager to see the stellar work 2016 will bring, and to share it with you in these pages. So, dig out your best pictures of your best work (from within the last five years), and enter today! The six winners will be featured in the November 2016 issue, and all entries are available for viewing online for Readers’ Choice voting. The Grand-prize Winner will receive a check for $1,000. Each of the…

6 min.
2 sawbench designs: same performance?

Two different sawbenches that Christopher Schwarz has built come to mind (and probably more that I haven’t seen). One is based on a traditional English form and is in the Autumn 2006 issue of Woodworking Magazine; the other is in the June 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine (#218) (and in “The Anarchist’s Design Book” (Lost Art Press)) that is a plank with four legs. Is there a reason to select one over the other? Kim Howarter, Elgin, Illinois Kim, Functionally, there is no difference between the two sawbenches. Each build uses different tool sets, skills and materials – so the deciding factor would simply be what you have on hand. Christopher Schwarz, contributing editor How to Sand Veneer I am making a box with a veneered lid glued with epoxy to a plywood substrate. I would like…

5 min.
the winner: use a countersink as a depth stop

If you have an adjustable countersink bit (like the ones from Insty-Bit), you can loosen the set screw and pull the collar off, then flip it around so the flat side is facing the work. Tighten it where needed to limit your bit travel to the desired depth. Brian MacAllister, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia Keep Your Nozzles Clear My projects often use just a small amount of spray lacquer or paint. The common rattle can is the easiest and most economical for this application. However, if I followed the manufacturers instructions to “Turn can upside down and spray until clear…” each time, I would run out of propellent long before the finish in the can was gone. I found that taking the spray nozzle off the can, putting it on the end of…

3 min.
powermatic table saw tenon jig

If you cut a lot of tenons, the Powermatic Tenoning Jig (PM-TJ) is worth a close look. While it appears a bit complicated out of the box, the PM-TJ is remarkably easy to use and compatible with any standard table saw with a low-profile riving knife. Set up the jig for your saw and blade using cam-lever stop No. 1, and index the tenon size by referencing stop NO. 2 off the width of your mortise chisel or hollow-chisel mortising bit. Then put your stock between the handle and the second stop, slide the handle flush to the stock and lock it in place. Raise your table saw blade to the desired height, and you’re ready to cut tenons that perfectly fit the width of the mortises cut with the chisel you…

1 min.
j. wilding moving fillister plane

Vintage moving fillister planes are easy to find but can be tricky to restore because of all the moving parts and the general wear and tear these tools endure. If you don’t want to buy a metal moving fillister, then I highly recommend you check out the work of Jeremiah Wilding, a young planemaker who specializes in 18th-century style planes. During the last year I have put a handful of his planes to work and have been impressed with the way they function and look – his attention to detail is impressive. This year, Wilding loaned me a moving fillister plane – a design he had been working on for some time. It is nothing short of perfect. Wilding managed to engineer out two flaws of many moving fillisters – their tendency…

2 min.
lee valley tools glue pot & tabletop warmer

This stainless steel replica of a late 19th-century double-boiler cast iron glue pot from Landers, Frary & Clark is both cute and useful – despite its diminutive size (3" diameter x 2 3/8" height). The outer pot holds 2 1/2 fluid ounces of water to keep the contents of the inner pot from scorching when it’s on a heat source (the warmer). But scald the pot first with boiling water (like you would a teapot), then fill it with hot water and it will keep hot hide glue in the inner pot warm enough to use for a time after you remove it from the heat source (the amount of time will vary based on ambient temperature). The removable inner pot holds about 1 fluid ounce of glue – which is the…