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  • 15 Proven Tips for Accurate Work Bosch Colt Plunge Base

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    Sophisticated SideboardModern Methods & Materials Make it Easier

    Better Vises & HoldfastsNew Workholding Solutions for Your Bench

    Compound DovetailsCut Tight Angled Joints by Hand

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  • FE ATURES

    CONTENTS APRIL 2013

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    FE ATURES

    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

    square your casework.

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    28 Quarter ColumnsForget the lathe a simple router table

    setup makes quick work of these striking

    architectural features.

    BY CHARLES BENDER

    ONLINE u Online Class Build a Shaker lap desk with online instruction

    from 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

    ONLINE u Angle CalculatorQuickly nd the angles you need.

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    36 A Workholding Renaissance

    After years of decline, makers of vises and

    holdfasts have come roaring back with

    excellent innovations and devices.

    BY CHRISTOPHER SCHWAR Z

    ONLINE u WorkbenchesRead eight years worth of free advice on

    workbenches and workholding on our blog.

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    41 Greene & Greene Inlay

    Jewel-like details are the crowning touch on

    these masterpieces of American furniture.

    BY DAVID MATHIAS

    ONLINE u Greene & Greene Slideshow

    For more Greene & Greene furniture and

    details, watch our free PDF slideshows.

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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

    ONLINE u Watch & LearnSee the author demonstrate his technique.

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    50 Design a Trestle Table

    This ancient form can be adapted to a range

    of sizes, uses and skill levels.

    BY GR AHAM BLACKBURN

    ONLINE u Shaker Trestle Table

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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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  • REGUL ARS

    4 Back to the Bench

    OUT ON A LIMB

    BY MAT THEW TEAGUE

    6 Grain Direction For Wedged-Tenon Legs

    LETTERS

    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.

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    12 Powermatic PM1500 Band Saw

    TOOL TEST

    BY THE EDITORS

    ONLINE u Tool Test ArchivesWe have many tool reviews available for free

    on our web site.

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    16 A Chairmakers Design Lessons

    DESIGN MATTERS

    BY GEORGE R. WALKER

    58 Measure, Mark & Lay Out

    WOODWORKING ESSENTIALS

    BY ROBERT W. LANG

    62 5 Tricks for a Silky-smooth Finish

    FLEXNER ON FINISHING

    BY BOB FLEXNER

    64 A Woodworking Disorder

    END GRAIN

    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

    Number 203, April 2013. Popular Woodworking Magazine (ISSN 0884-8823,USPS 752-

    250) is published 7 times a year, February, April, June, August, October, November and

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  • OUT ON A LIMB BY MATTHEW TEAGUE, EDITOR

    4 POPULAR WOODWORKING MAGAZINE April 2013

    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.

    Back to the BenchAPRIL 2013, VOL. 33, NO. 2

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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.

    If youve followed PWM over the last eight years, you know that Megan has been a key contributor to our success. Her projects, articles, blog posts and workshops are favorites. And youll be hard-pressed to nd a stronger advocate for hand-tool woodwork-ing. (OK, maybe Christopher Schwarz and Roy Underhill could dispute that claim.)

    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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  • 6 POPULAR WOODWORKING MAGAZINE April 2013

    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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    ILLUSTRATION BY MARY JANE FAVORITE

    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

    Parquetry...