Our cover story for the August 2012 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine is “Campaign Furniture” by Christopher Schwarz. In the piece you’ll discover the fascinating origins of this furniture style, which was popular in the British Empire and America for more than 150 years – plus, you’ll find the drawings and information you need to build a classic campaign chest of your own. Explore the nearly limitless aesthetic possibilities of the humble box as our editors take on “4 Boxes, 4 Ways.”In “A Trio of Trifids,” renowned period furniture maker Charles Bender offers three high-style variations on a carved foot for a cabriole leg.
You’ll also refine your exposed-joinery skills with the help of Robert W. Lang as he builds the “Stickley Book Rack,” a classic of Arts & Crafts furniture. The mysteries of rule joints are revealed by woodworking teacher and retired research scientist Willard Anderson in “Rule Joints: by Hand & by Power.”Plus, period furniture maker Freddy Roman shows you how to plot “The Elusive Ellipse” in four minutes or less.
In this month’s Tool Test, we review the “Makita Compact Router Kit,” the “Lie-Nielsen No. 101 Block Plane,” and the “iVac Pro Automated Dust-control System.”
In Arts & Mysteries, Adam Cherubini teaches you “Mortising by Hand,” explaining the key to lasting joints is a good fit – or good pegs. With Matthew Teague’s Jig Journal, you’ll use a table saw to make quick work of reinforcing miter joints with a “Keyed Miter Jig.” This month’s I Can Do That column has Robert W. Lang building a sleek “Contemporary Coffee Table” by taking the easy way out – sizing with no measuring. In Flexner on Finishing, Bob Flexner keeps you abreast of recent changes to wood finishes you’ll need to know to stay polished. And finally, in End Grain, woodworker Scot O’Shea reflects on how imperfect woodworking often delivers the best lessons in “A Teacher’s Seat.”
And of course you’ll find Letters and Tricks of the Trade.