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    S UPER B ACK -S AVING P LYWOOD D OLLY

    WoodworkingPopular June 2000 #115

    Endurance Test: Delta Table Saw

    The Skill-Building Project Magazine for Practical Woodworkers

    10PROJECTS

    INSIDE!

    MissionChairComfortable,Stout andEasy to Build

    Nick EnglersHoningGuideSharpensEvery Hand Tool

    5 Steps to aPerfectScraper

    Tiger MapleHuntboard

    Ultimate

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    P OPULAR W OODWORKING June 20002

    In This IssueShop of the CraftersMorris Chair Without a doubt the oversizedseat, reclining back and wide

    arms will make this chair themost comfortable place to relaxin your home.

    Stickley Side TableThis reproduction of an L. &

    J.G. Stickley side table is an ex-cellent project for beginners andis sturdy enough to dance on.

    Dry Sink Plant StandA little routing and some solder-ing are enough to build this wa-tertight plant stand that looksgood indoors and out.

    The Way Wood WorksTo properly design and build aproject, you need to knowwoods strengths, weaknessesand how much its going tomove. Nick Engler shows youhow to avert disaster by follow-ing three simple rules.By Nick Engler

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    Americas BESTProject Magazine!

    Out On a LimbRemembering R.J.DeCristoforo

    Letters Mail from readers

    Ingenious JigsNick Engler lets you in on thesecret to the Scary Sharp method and shows you how to build ahoning guide that will sharpenalmost everything

    Tricks of the TradeEnhance your $19.99 Dovetail Jig,find the centers of large circles, and an amazing trick to cut fractions inhalf

    Projects Fromthe PastPicnic Table

    Flexner on FinishingHow to Choose a Paint Stripper

    Endurance TestDeltas Series 2000 Table Saws

    Tool TestPorter-Cables new sliding com- pound miter saw, new jigsaw fromGrizzly Industrial

    Classifieds

    Caption the CartoonWin a set of Quick Grip clamps

    Out of the Woodwork From Woodpile to Woodshop

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    On theCoverA really com-fortable Morrischair that anywoodworkercan get rightthe first time.

    Cover photo by Al Parrish

    In Every Issue

    The Secret toHand ScrapersThousands of woodworkersnever use a hand scraper the

    single most versatile tool youcan own. Learn how to buy,sharpen and use a scraper thisweekend.By Rick Peters

    ValetMen dont use jewelry boxes, butwe still need a place for our stuff.This dresser-top project providesa place to empty your pockets.

    Six-LeggedHuntboardThis small-scale sideboard isbuilt using solid wood and tradi-tional joinery throughout. Itsthe perfect place to pour a toddyafter your next fox hunt, or toserve Thanksgiving dinner.By Glen Huey

    Plywood Carrier Your back will thank you forbuilding this simple but effectivedolly for sheet goods. Stop

    grunting when you move ply-wood and start rolling.

    Frame & PanelDresser Learn the basics of web-frameconstruction as you build this un-derstated chest of drawers. Theclean design looks great in yourcabin by the lake or your CentralPark West apartment.

    Shaker Rocker Master chairmaker Owen Reintakes you by the hand and showsyou exactly how he builds hisstunning and comfortable rocker.By Owen Rein

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    June 2000, Vol. 20, No. 3 www.popwood.com

    Editor & Publisher Steve ShanesySenior Editors David Thiel &

    Christopher Schwarz Associate Editor Jim Stuard

    Art Director Amy Schneider Contributing Editors

    Technical Advisers:

    General Manager Jeffry M.LapinEditorial Director David FryxellDesign Director Nancy Stetler

    CIRCULATIONDavid Lee, DirectorMark Fleetwood, Single Copy Sales Mgr.Terry Webster-Isgro, Direct Sales Mgr.

    PRODUCTIONBarbara Schmitz,

    Director of Manufacturing Martha Wallace, Magazine Production Dir.

    Matt Walker, Production AssistantRuth Preston, Studio Manager

    ADVERTISING National Sales Representative

    Bill Warren, Five Mile River Assoc. LLCRR1 Box 1400, Stockton Springs, ME 04981Tel. (207) 469-1981; Fax (207) 469-3050

    Advertising Sales Joe Wood, Tel. (513) 336-9760

    Fax (513) 336-9761Classified Advertising Sales

    Joan Wright, Tel. (207) 892-0673 Advertising Production Coordinator

    Debbie Thomas, Tel. (513) 531-2690, ext. 219

    Popular Woodworking(ISSN 0884-8823, USPS 752-250) ispublished seven times a year in February, April, June, August,October, November and December by F&W Publications, Inc.Editorial and advertising offices are located at 1507 Dana Ave.,

    Cincinnati, OH 45207; tel.: (513) 531-2222. Unsolicitedmanuscripts, photographs and artwork should include ample

    postage on a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE);otherwise they will not b e returned. Subscription rates: A years

    subscription (7 issues) is $19.97; outside of U.S add $7/year.

    Canada Publications Mail Agreement No. 0546232. Canadianreturn address: 2744 Edna St., Windsor, ON N8Y 1V2

    Copyright 2000 by Popular Woodworking . Periodicals postage paidat Cincinnati, Ohio, and additional mailing offices. Postmaster:

    Send all address changes to Popular Woodworking, P.O. Box 5369,Harlan, IA 51593 Canada GST Reg. # R122594716

    Produced and printed in the U.S.A.ATTENTION RETAILERS:

    To carry Popular Woodworking in your store, call(513) 531-2690, ext. 327, or write: Dealer Program, F&W

    Publications, Inc., 1507 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207. Woodworkers Book Club: 1507 Dana Ave., Cincinnati,

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    SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES Subscription inquiries,orders and address changes can be made at

    www.popwood.com (click on Subscriber Services).Or by mail:Popular Woodworking,

    P.O.Box 5369, Harlan,IA 51593 or c all(515) 280-1721.Include your address with all

    inquiries.Allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery.

    R.J.DeCristoforoNick Engler Bob Flexner Glen Huey

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    Bill AustinScott Box

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    It is with deep regretthat I report to youthe passing of one of woodworkings titansand one of our mosthighly regarded con-tributing editors, R. J.DeCristoforo.

    What you may notrealize about Cris is thathe was your champion.His writings spanned

    the entire second half of the last century andearned him the well-de-served title, Dean of Home Workshop Writers. Above all elseCris wrote for the hobbyist, the Joe wood-worker who puzzles out a project in hisgarage or basement.

    His place in the pantheon of wood-working greats was earned by his geniusfor explaining complex processes in clearand simple prose. As such, he was arguablywoodworkings greatest educator. And ed-

    ucate he did, publishing thousands of mag-azine articles and more than 40 books.

    His magazine career began as a con-tributor to Popular Sciencein the post-World War II years. In 1951 he movedfrom New York to California to prepare abook for Magna Engineering, the parentcompany of the venerable Shopsmithmulti-purpose woodworking machine.That book, Power Tool Woodworking forEveryone, was the how to bible for theShopsmith machine. The book continuestoday as the holy grail for Shopsmith own-ers. This work laid the foundation for whatbecame his tour de force, DeCristoforosComplete Book of Power Tools, Both Sta-tionary and Portable. It is encyclopedicin its presentation of power tool use.

    For example, his discussion of the ra-dial arm saw spans an amazing 99 pagesand shows more than 60 different opera-tions, ranging from simple cross cutting tocarving bowls, turning tapered legs,cutting perfect circles, even edge boring.

    It was not uncommonfor manufacturers tocomment that Crisfound new ways of usingtheir machines that daz-zled even them.

    DeCristoforos firstcolumn appeared inPopular Woodworking late in his career (1994)under the title CrisCuts. He also wrote

    columns for us on toolsand jigs under the head-ing, Tool Talk. Thatfirst column shared his

    system for approaching any project.One, he stated, dont accept the di-mensions on the materials list or a draw-ing, yours or anothers, as bible. Two, mostprojects have a main component thatshould . . . be the basis for accurately de-termining, or checking, the sizes of otherparts before sawing. Three, design alwaysfollows function.

    Thats the sort of practical advice youdget from Cris. The quali ty, quantity andgenius of his work earned his installationin Wood magazines Woodworking Hall of Fame, one of only 16 to thus far be named.Some of the company he keeps in theHall is impressive: Sam Maloof, NormAbram, Gustav Stickley, Wharton Esher-ick and George Nakashima, to name a few.But keeping company with luminaries wasnot DeCristoforos style. He much pre-ferred the solitude of his home, the com-pany of his loving wife, Mary, his threesons and his workshop, where he contin-ued to produce books and articles for Pop-ular Woodworking until his death. His finalcolumn appeared in our last issue. Fitting-ly, it had Cris reflecting on the tools thathad changed woodworking over the courseof his incredible career.

    His wisdom and his friendship are sore-ly missed. PW

    R. J. DeCrist

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