In “Southern Cellarette,” the cover story for the February 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, Glen D. Huey builds a classic 18th-century boos box. This elegant walnut, maple and pine box is made with dividers to store your most prized and rare liquors. Wilbur Pan explores the world of “Japanese Chisels” and explains that, contrary to popular belief, they’re good for hardwoods as well as soft. Learn to create stunningly vibrant and detailed in inlays in “Shell, Stone & Metal Inlay.” Employing some of the knowledge he gleaned from his family’s jewelry business, Marco Cecala shows you step by step how to inlay a flower pattern. Darrel Peart makes a Green & Green-style bed with simplified construction in “A Bed for the Thorsen House.” Journey to the world’s largest producer of natural Arkansas oilstones in “Dan’s Whetstones.” In “Fast Fix for Teetering Legs,” Gary Rogoski demonstrates a highly unorthodox table saw trick for put your wobbly four-legged furniture back on solid ground.
In this month’s tool test, we take a look at “Blue Spruce Firmer Chisels,” the “Micro Fence Micro Plunge Base” and the “Veritas ‘Workshop Striking Knife.’”
In this month’s Design Matters “A Practiced Eye,” George R. Walker shows you how straight lines can help you generate pleasing curves. In Arts & Mysteries, Adam Cherubini examines whether 18th-century tools and techniques work for modern pieces in “Tools Chest Case Construction.” Flexner on Finishing explores “Wipe-on Finishes.” And finally in End Grain, W. Paul Olsen talks about a gift from his loving wife in “Frankenbench.” And of course you’ll find Letters and Tricks of the Trade.