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15 Proven Tips for Accurate Work Bosch Colt Plunge Base
Sophisticated SideboardModern Methods & Materials Make it Easier
Better Vises & HoldfastsNew Workholding Solutions for Your Bench
Compound DovetailsCut Tight Angled Joints by Hand
Trestle Tables5 Secrets for Smart Design
Greene & Greene Inlay Inspiration In the Details Router-cut
Quarter ColumnsMake Period Details Without a Lathe
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CONTENTS APRIL 2013
20 City SideboardContemporary details and materials give this
classic form a high-style urban look.
BY MARIO RODRIGUEZ
ONLINE u Scissors BraceThis simple shop-made appliance helps to
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28 Quarter ColumnsForget the lathe a simple router table
setup makes quick work of these striking
BY CHARLES BENDER
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32 Compound Dovetails
Discover how to join oblique angles with
hand-cut through-dovetails as you make a
handsome, handled wooden tote.
BY TOM CALISTO
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36 A Workholding Renaissance
After years of decline, makers of vises and
holdfasts have come roaring back with
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BY CHRISTOPHER SCHWAR Z
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41 Greene & Greene Inlay
Jewel-like details are the crowning touch on
these masterpieces of American furniture.
BY DAVID MATHIAS
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46 Cove Cuts on The Table Saw
Push your table saw beyond straight cuts to
safely make coves of many radii.
BY GARY ROGOWSKI
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50 Design a Trestle Table
This ancient form can be adapted to a range
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COVER PHOTO BY MARIO RODRIGUEZ; QUARTER COLUMNS PHOTO BY CHARLES BENDER; DOVETAIL PHOTO BY AL PARISH; BLACKER TABLE INLAY PHOTO BY DAVID MATHIAS, COURTESY OF THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS
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4 Back to the Bench
OUT ON A LIMB
BY MAT THEW TEAGUE
6 Grain Direction For Wedged-Tenon Legs
FROM OUR READERS
10 Press Stock To Fence with Wheel Board
TRICKS OF THE TRADE
FROM OUR READERS
VIDEO u More TricksRead and watch some of our favorite tricks.
12 Powermatic PM1500 Band Saw
BY THE EDITORS
ONLINE u Tool Test ArchivesWe have many tool reviews available for free
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16 A Chairmakers Design Lessons
BY GEORGE R. WALKER
58 Measure, Mark & Lay Out
BY ROBERT W. LANG
62 5 Tricks for a Silky-smooth Finish
FLEXNER ON FINISHING
BY BOB FLEXNER
64 A Woodworking Disorder
BY PETER FR ANKS
CONTENTS APRIL 2013
ILLUSTRATION BY MARY JANE FAVORITE; BAND SAW PHOTO BY AL PARRISH; MEASURING PHOTO BY ROBERT W. LANG; FOOTSTOOL PHOTO BY PETER FRANKS
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OUT ON A LIMB BY MATTHEW TEAGUE, EDITOR
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Not everyone is lucky enough to love what they do. But Ive always had a soft spot for maga-zines, good writing and, obviously, woodworking. Somehow Ive managed to combine all of those things, and I have spent the last 20 years writing and editing books and magazines while operat-ing a small furniture busi-ness based out of various basements and finally a backyard shop.
Just before joining Popular Woodworking I was running a small chair company and writing for several magazines on fur-niture making, homebuild-ing and design. Some days, anything you rely on for a livelihood becomes a job, but I know how lucky Ive been; the good days have always outnumbered the bad.
During my time with the magazine, we have grown the readership, given the magazine a slightly different look and tried to pack in even more interest-ing and useful information for others who love furniture and woodworking as much as we do. Im proud of the work weve done here and thankful I had the chance to do it.
With the talents in and behind the scenes of these pages, I have no doubt that you can continue to turn to Popu-lar Woodworking Magazine for reliable woodworking information. But, lured by another opportunity, Im leaving the helm of the magazine; this will be the
last issue with me serving as editor.
I will miss not only the people at the magazine, but also the voices of you, the readers. I have learned as much from you as you have from these pages.
The woodworking community is a tight-knit bunch and without it, Pop-ular Woodworking in all its iterations this magazine,
our videos and books, popularwood working.com would not exist. I urge you to stay involved and be an active part of the community we love.
A love of the craft is what led me here in the rst place. And that hasnt changed. Ill continue to write and pub-lish about the craft I love, and I suspect youll still see my bald head in these pages from time to time. Im not going away, just going on.
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From the Publisher:While were all sorry to see Matthew leave, Im pleased to announce weve found a highly quali ed replacement right here in our of ce. Megan Fitzpatrick, our execu-tive editor, is jumping into the newly expanded role of editor and content director for Popular Woodworking Magazine in print and online.
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Megan brings a passion for woodworking and a love of language to her new job. I cant imagine someone better to lead the magazine. PWM
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LETTERS FROM OUR READERS
Grain Direction for Wedged-tenon Legs
Ienjoyed the Moravian stool ar-ticle in the December 2012 issue (#201) of Popular Woodworking Magazine, but I have a question about the legs.
Did you orient the grain of the legs parallel to or perpendicular to the grain of the seat?
Im sure Im overthinking this, but I can see a case for both ways from the wedge splitting the leg in the perpendicular version to the leg splitting the seat in the parallel version.
Stefan Karfakis,Brooklyn, New York
Stefan,What your question is really getting at is this: What is the optimal arrange-
ment of the grain direction in both the legs and seat? That answer begins with the placement of the wedge.
The wedge needs to be driven in per-pendicular to the grain of the seat so that you dont split the seat when you drive the wedges in.
When you wedge any round tenon, the optimal way is to drive in the wedge so that it is parallel to the growth rings in the round tenon. Why? It makes a somewhat stronger joint. Wood shrinks more along the growth rings than across the growth rings. So by wedging the legs in line with the growth rings there is a smaller chance of the tenon shrinking and becoming loose.
Christopher Schwarz, contributing editor
Shiplapped BacksWhat is the traditional orientation of the boards in shiplapped or tongue-and-groove backs on formal open cabinets and shelves? Should they be perpendicular to the shelves? Diagonal for maximum strength? Horizontal so items do not catch on the back as they are moved along the shelf? Or was the traditional orientation selected to maximize the length of the boards and minimize the number of nails? I have not seen enough cabinets without
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plywood backs to anticipate what will look right.
Ian Jay,Logansport, Indiana
Ian,Ive seen a lot of open-backed antique pieces with solid-wood backboards that show either arrangement. In other words, I dont think there is any one right way to arrange them though in pieces Id consider formal, Ive more often seen them arranged vertically.
I have never, however, seen a period
piece with the backboards arranged on the diagonal (which is not to say that one doesnt exist).
I suspect that (as it is for me) the period decision was a combination of the stock at hand and aesthetic choice. Vertical back-boards will draw the eye up and make the piece look taller; horizontal backboards will make it appear wider and more anchored to the ground and impart the same illusion to the room in which the piece sits.
Megan Fitzpatrick, executive editor