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Popular Woodworking December 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.

United States
Active Interest Media
6 Issues

in this issue

3 min
the importance of community

As the editor of a woodworking publication, I spend my days reading and writing about woodworking, and talking to other woodworkers about projects they're doing. Part of my job is to research new techniques, new makers, interesting designs and woodworking history. (I also spend my fair share of time in meetings and talking about initiatives and business goals and all that jazz, trying to hurry it up so I can get back to the woodworking.) And then, I get to put it all into a magazine and send it to you. Hopefully, you'll find it inspiring, and maybe you'll even make some of the projects. That's the goal at least. It is work, but it's some of the most worthwhile, fulfilling work a person can do, and I'm very grateful to…

4 min
workshop tips

Magnetic Clamping Pads C-clamps can mak nasty dents that are tough to sand out. Pads or block will prevent this, but they're often awkward to hold in place while you tighten the clamps. I make pads that don't require extra hands. I bought a roll of 1-inch wide adhesive backed magazine strips from a craft store and cut off a number of long lengths. I adhered these strips to 1¼" wide pieces of ¼" plywood. Using a miter saw, I cut these pieces into shorter lengths as needed to fit the C-clamp jaws. I store my magnetic pads on a steel strip that I screwed to the end of the bench. The pads are ready to go whenever I need them. —Peter Smith Duct-Taped Sanding Block Sometimes I prefer to sand by hand using…

1 min
making a seat at the table

Make no mistake: This is must-see exhibition. Curated by Laura Mays and Deirdre Visser, Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking showcases a collection of works by 43 artists. From well-crafted functional forms to experimental materials and idea-driven designs, the exhibition encompasses the wide range of work that women are contributing to the field of woodworking. It’s truly a treat for woodworkers of all kinds. The exhibition is on view at the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia through January 18, with a comprehensive book to follow in 2021. Learn more at centerforartinwood.org and womenwoodworking.org.…

5 min
mix and match

I usually try to wiggle my way out of it. Repairing furniture that is. Seems everyone has a wobbly chair or a drawer that sticks on a dresser, and most of it isn’t worth fixing, especially if it’s some modern particle board disaster. That was my thought when the neighbor lady asked me to look at a child’s chair in need of some work. To my surprise it was nice example of an early Ohio country chair that had been handed down for many generations. In spite of hard use it was in remarkably good shape except the arm rests on each side were loose and one would pull right off without effort. Back in my shop I placed it up on my bench for closer inspection. It was covered with…

18 min
authentic sloyd tool cabinet

PROJECT #1922 Skill Level: Intermediate Time: 3 days Cost: $200 “Hand and heart lead to life.” was an early motto of the North Bennet Street Industrial School (NBIS), now called the North Bennet Street School (NBSS). Founded in 1885 by Pauline Agassiz Shaw, a progressive Boston philanthropist, the school was established to “train students for careers in traditional trades that use hand skills in concert with evolving technology, to preserve and advance craft traditions and promote greater appreciation of craftsmanship.” The school started off as a social and educational experiment designed to help residents in the North End of Boston, many of whom were immigrants, acclimate to America, learn a trade, socialize and become better citizens. In pursuit of this goal Shaw learned of Otto Salomon’s work at the Sloyd School in Naas Sweden…

1 min
a new tool cabinet

“The cabinet would be an ornament to any manual training school. The corners of the cabinet are reinforced with steel, and the arrangement of tools convenient. The cabinet contains two saws, steel hammer, Bailey Jack and block and rabbit planes, rule, two chisels, two gouges, screw-driver, bit brace and auger bits, two gimlet bits, screw driver bit, countersink, marking gauge, spoke shave, brad awl, nail set, try square, bevel, half round file, oil stone, oil can, combination pliers, glue, and boxes of assorted brads and screws. It is so constructed that the cover is light, and the cabinet will not fall if resting in a very small space. The heavy lifting handle on top is bolted on the under side so that the cabinet can easily be carried from one…