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Popular Woodworking October 2015

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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 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
the problem with being a woodworker

In the last issue, I wrote about being “homeless.” But just days after that issue went to press, I bought a house. It’s a 1906 three-story brick foursquare that retains many of the original architectural features – and it has an awesome (and dry) basement for a workshop (7'-high ceilings!). But there’s been a lot of unfortunate remuddling over the years – much of it due to dividing the building into a two-family dwelling. I face years of work (and a goodly cash outlay) to bring it back to at least some semblance of its former glory – everything from knocking out walls to rebuilding part of a staircase, from matching missing trim pieces on the front porch to fixing many of the bits still there, to re-outfitting two bathrooms and the…

6 min.
exactly what is an end mill?

I am trying to make a wooden backgammon game board and I want to add stringing around the outside box of the game. In the “Federal Bow-front Table” article in the December 2014 issue (#215), author Frank Vucolo noted that he used a 1/32" end mill in a small router with a stock fence when he installed the holly stringing. My problem? I do not know what an “end mill” is. Is it a bit? And if so, what is meant by the use of a small router with a small fence? Would that be a palm-held (trim) router? Gary LaRault, via e-mail Gary, An end mill is basically a bit, but its geometry allows it to cut in all directions (a regular bit typically cuts only on the axial). And yes – the…

4 min.
the winner: planes fit to a tee

After building an “I Can Do That: Tool Rack” (April 2011, issue #189), I wanted to have my planes accessible on the rack as well. So here’s my solution. Cut two pieces of oak into 1/2" x 3/4" pieces, one 2" long and the other 3/8" long. Form a “T” by cutting a sliding dovetail with the tail end on the long piece and the pin on the short piece. After fitting the dovetail, I shaped the top of the “T” for aesthetics by rounding it over. But be sure not to make the top part of the “T” too thin because that might weaken the hanger and cause it to fail under heavy load. Next, drill a 1/4" hole 1 1/8" from the bottom of the “T” on the 1/2" face. Cut a piece…

1 min.
online extras

For links to all online extras, go to: • popularwoodworking.com/oct15 TRICKS ONLINE: We post tricks from the past and film videos of some Tricks of the Trade in use in our shop. They’re available online, free. Visit popularwoodworking.com/tricksto read and watch. Our products are available online at: • ShopWoodworking.com Cash and prizes for your tricks and tips! Each issue we publish woodworking tips from our readers. Next issue’s winner receives a $250 gift certificate from Lee Valley Tools, good for any item in the catalog or on the web site (leevalley.com). (The tools pictured below are for illustration only and are not part of the prize.) Runners-up each receive a check for $50 to $100. When submitting a trick, include your mailing address and phone number. All accepted entries become the property of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Send…

5 min.
‘the secret mitre dovetail’

The “secret miter” dovetail is considered the most elegant and difficult of all the dovetail joints to make. As a result, many woodworkers hesitate to even attempt the joint, which can seamlessly wrap the grain around a furniture carcase to a beautiful effect. In his latest DVD, English craftsman David Charlesworth – best known for his “ruler trick” for sharpening – dissects the secret miter joint to present it as one that almost any woodworker can make with just a little care. Like all of David’s DVDs, “The Secret Mitre Dovetail” is an extremely detailed presentation of its topic. No aspect of the joint is too small to consider. And this particular DVD uses razor-sharp macro photography, which allows you to see exactly what is going on as the tools enter the…

6 min.
designer profile: dan mosheim

I first stumbled onto Dan Mosheim about six years ago through his eclectic blog, “Dorset Custom Furniture – A Woodworkers Photo Journal” (dorsetcustomfurniture.blogspot.com). It’s primarily about building and designing furniture, but it’s also a peek into Dan’s interest in art and literature, his forays into pottery, along with a bit of life in rural Vermont with wild turkeys strutting in the back garden and trout fishermen in local streams. Dan’s interests are as varied as the furniture coming out of his shop, and it’s obvious that his work is infused with this genuine appreciation for life. A flock of colorful mallard ducks landing in his backyard pond may inspire the decorative inlay for a table or bed. For much of history, what elevated an artisan was the ability to design and build at…