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<ul><li><p>15 Proven Tips for Accurate Work Bosch Colt Plunge Base</p><p>popularwoodworking.com</p><p>Sophisticated SideboardModern Methods &amp; Materials Make it Easier</p><p>Better Vises &amp; HoldfastsNew Workholding Solutions for Your Bench</p><p>Compound DovetailsCut Tight Angled Joints by Hand </p><p>Trestle Tables5 Secrets for Smart Design </p><p>Greene &amp; Greene Inlay Inspiration In the Details Router-cut </p><p>Quarter ColumnsMake Period Details Without a Lathe </p><p>April 2013 #203</p><p> FnL1 0</p><p>4 0120 </p><p>01 JUYr</p><p>VyBQdW</p><p>JsaWN</p><p>hdGlvbn</p><p>MsIElu</p><p>YyAo </p><p>02 SW9</p><p>sYSBka</p><p>XZpc2lv</p><p>bikPR3J</p><p>lZ29yeS</p><p>BL 03 c</p><p>nVlZ2V</p><p>yAFDbE</p><p>3oEMT</p><p>AuNAI4</p><p>MAExB</p><p>VVQ </p><p>04 Qy1B</p><p>DDA3N</p><p>DQ3MD</p><p>AxMzU1</p><p>NgA= </p><p>74470 013550 6</p><p>04</p><p>US $5.99</p><p>Display until April 29, 2013</p><p>c1_1304_PWM_Cover.indd US1c1_1304_PWM_Cover.indd US1 1/24/13 8:53 AM1/24/13 8:53 AM</p></li><li><p>EXPERIENCE REAL CONTROL </p><p>INTRODUCING THE NEW 1221VS LATHE60-3600RPM VARIABLE SPEED</p><p>FORWARD TOREVERSE SMOOTH TRANSITION</p><p>DIGITALREADOUT</p><p>RAPIDBELT CHANGES</p><p>STAND BEHIND YOUR WORK TM</p><p>350+ SERV ICE CENTERS NAT IONWIDE INDUSTRY-LEAD ING WARRANT IES EXPERT TECHNICAL SERV ICE</p><p>2013 Walter Meier (Manufactur ing) Inc. 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WALKER</p><p>58 Measure, Mark &amp; Lay Out</p><p> WOODWORKING ESSENTIALS</p><p> BY ROBERT W. LANG</p><p>62 5 Tricks for a Silky-smooth Finish</p><p> FLEXNER ON FINISHING</p><p> BY BOB FLEXNER</p><p>64 A Woodworking Disorder</p><p> END GRAIN</p><p> BY PETER FR ANKS</p><p>CONTENTS APRIL 2013</p><p>ILLUSTRATION BY MARY JANE FAVORITE; BAND SAW PHOTO BY AL PARRISH; MEASURING PHOTO BY ROBERT W. LANG; FOOTSTOOL PHOTO BY PETER FRANKS</p><p>Number 203, April 2013. Popular Woodworking Magazine (ISSN 0884-8823,USPS 752-</p><p>250) is published 7 times a year, February, April, June, August, October, November and </p><p>December, which may include an occasional special, combined or expanded issue that </p><p>may count as two issues, by F+W Media, Inc. Editorial and advertising offices are located </p><p>at 8469 Blue Ash Road, Suite #100, Cincinnati, OH 45236. Unsolicited manuscripts, </p><p>photographs and artwork should include ample postage on a self-addressed, stamped </p><p>envelope (SASE); otherwise they will not be returned. Subscription rates: A years sub-</p><p>scription (7 issues) is $24.95; outside of the U.S. add $7/year Canada Publications Mail </p><p>Agreement No. 40025316. Canadian return address: 2835 Kew Drive, Windsor, ON N8T </p><p>3B7 Copyright 2013 by Popular Woodworking Magazine. Periodicals postage paid at </p><p>Cincinnati, Ohio, and additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send all address changes to </p><p>Popular Woodworking Magazine, P.O. Box 420235, Palm Coast, FL 32142-0235 Canada </p><p>GST Reg. # R122594716 Produced and printed in the U.S.A.</p><p>10 12 58</p><p>64</p><p>2 POPULAR WOODWORKING MAGAZINE April 2013</p><p>01_1304_PWM_TOC.indd 201_1304_PWM_TOC.indd 2 1/29/13 8:44 AM1/29/13 8:44 AM</p></li><li><p>Square Up Your ProjectsF a s t e r T h a n E v e r</p><p>Made in U.S.A.</p><p>Woodpeckers Box Clamps are designed for most 90 degree jointsincluding pocket hole joints, lap joints, dado as well as T-joints. Virtually any joint found in common cabinetry.</p><p>The new Box Clamp is also perfect for box joints, half-blind and through dovetail joints. Whether the corner is ush or has material extending from the surface, the clearance is there to ensure a square corner.</p><p>When you need square corners, you cant beat theWoodpeckers Box Clamp.</p><p>The New Woodpeckers Box Clamp is just the ticket for your cabinet and box making projects. This simple tool eliminates the hassle of cumbersome bar clamps and eliminates the need to continuously make adjustments to square the corners.</p><p>Imagine being able to dry-t all parts at the same time without any clamps to interfere with the assembly process. Youll know right from the start if your project is square and be able to conrm part placement and dimensions.</p><p>Even better, you can to do all that without a second set of hands.Once your project is glued and clamped, you can easily install pocket </p><p>screws from the inside or any other fasteners from the outside. Both parts </p><p>will be square and secure from unwanted movement. </p><p>See our full line of American made woodworking tools at woodpeck.com and your local dealer.</p><p>NEW from</p><p>On sale for only $3699 a pair.</p><p>CARD #52 or go to PWFREEINFO.COM </p><p>c2_1304_FPAds.indd 3c2_1304_FPAds.indd 3 1/23/13 1:49 PM1/23/13 1:49 PM</p></li><li><p>OUT ON A LIMB BY MATTHEW TEAGUE, EDITOR</p><p>4 POPULAR WOODWORKING MAGAZINE April 2013</p><p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p>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. </p><p>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 </p><p>last issue with me serving as editor. </p><p>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. </p><p>The woodworking community is a tight-knit bunch and without it, Pop-ular Woodworking in all its iterations this magazine, </p><p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p>Back to the BenchAPRIL 2013, VOL. 33, NO. 2</p><p>popularwoodworking.com</p><p>EDITORIAL OFFICES 513-531-2690</p><p>PUBLISHER &amp; GROUP EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Kevin Ireland</p><p>kevin.ireland@fwmedia.com, x11407</p><p>EDITOR Matthew Teaguematthew.teague@fwmedia.com, x11007</p><p>SENIOR ART DIRECTOR Daniel T. Pesselldaniel.pessell@fwmedia.com, x11396</p><p>EXECUTIVE EDITOR Robert W. Langrobert.lang@fwmedia.com, x11327</p><p>EXECUTIVE EDITOR Megan Fitzpatrickmegan. tzpatrick@fwmedia.com, x11348</p><p>SENIOR EDITOR Steve Shanesysteve.shanesy@fwmedia.com, x11238</p><p>ONLINE COMMUNITY MANAGER Tom Nunlisttom.nunlist@fwmedia.com, x11008</p><p>CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Adam Cherubini, Bob Flexner, Glen D. Huey, </p><p>Christopher Schwarz </p><p>PHOTOGRAPHER Al Parrish</p><p>F+W MEDIA, INC.</p><p>CHAIRMAN &amp; CEO David Nussbaum</p><p>COO &amp; CFO James Ogle</p><p>PRESIDENT Sara Domville</p><p>CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER Chad Phelps</p><p>VICE PRESIDENT, E-COMMERCE Lucas Hilbert</p><p>SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS Phil Graham</p><p> VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS Stacie Berger</p><p>GROUP MARKETING DIRECTOR Kate Rados</p><p>ADVERTISING</p><p>VICE PRESIDENT, SALES Dave Davel</p><p>ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Don Schroder331 N. Arch St., Allentown, PA 18104TEL. 610-821-4425; FAX. 610-821-7884</p><p>d.schroder@verizon.net</p><p>ADVERTISING SALES COORDINATOR Connie Kostrzewa</p><p>TEL. 715-445-4612 x13883connie.kostrzewa@fwmedia.com</p><p>NEWSSTAND</p><p>For newsstand sales, contact Scott T. Hill:scott.hill@procirc.com</p><p>SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES: Subscription inquiries, orders and address changes can be made at popularwoodworking.com (click on Customer Service). Or by mail: Popular Woodworking Magazine, P.O. Box 420235, Palm Coast, FL 32142-0235. Or call 386-246-3369. Include your address with all inquiries. Allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery.</p><p>NEWSSTAND DISTRIBUTION: Curtis Circulation Co., 730 River Road, New Milford, NJ 07646. PHONE: 201-634-7400. FAX: 201-634-7499.</p><p>BACK ISSUES are available. Call 800-258-0929 for pricing or visit popularwoodworking.com. Send check or money order to: Popular Woodworking Magazine Back Issues, F+W Media Products, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990. Please specify publication, month and year.</p><p>Copyright 2013 by F+W Media Inc. All rights reserved. Popular Woodworking Magazine is a registered trademark of F+W Media.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.)</p><p>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</p><p>04_1304_PWM_OOL.indd 404_1304_PWM_OOL.indd 4 1/29/13 8:45 AM1/29/13 8:45 AM</p></li><li><p>CARD #20 or go to PWFREEINFO.COM CARD #14 or go to PWFREEINFO.COM </p><p>04_1304_PWM_OOL.indd 504_1304_PWM_OOL.indd 5 1/23/13 2:12 PM1/23/13 2:12 PM</p></li><li><p>6 POPULAR WOODWORKING MAGAZINE April 2013</p><p>LETTERS FROM OUR READERS</p><p>Grain Direction for Wedged-tenon Legs</p><p>Ienjoyed the Moravian stool ar-ticle in the December 2012 issue (#201) of Popular Woodworking Magazine, but I have a question about the legs.</p><p>Did you orient the grain of the legs parallel to or perpendicular to the grain of the seat?</p><p>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.</p><p>Stefan Karfakis,Brooklyn, New York</p><p>Stefan,What your question is really getting at is this: What is the optimal arrange-</p><p>ment of the grain direction in both the legs and seat? That answer begins with the placement of the wedge.</p><p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p>Christopher Schwarz, contributing editor</p><p>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 </p><p>CONTINUED ON PAGE 8</p><p>ILLUSTRATION BY MARY JANE FAVORITE</p><p>plywood backs to anticipate what will look right.</p><p>Ian Jay,Logansport, Indiana</p><p>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.</p><p>I have never, however, seen a period </p><p>piece with the backboards arranged on the diagonal (which is not to say that one doesnt exist).</p><p>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.</p><p>Megan Fitzpatrick, executive editor</p><p>Parquetry...</p></li></ul>