For the James Krenov-style hanging cabinet I built out of cherry for the April 2012 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine I used tapered sliding dovetails to join the case. For a step-by-step slideshow of how to use a router to cut these joints, click on the video player below: – Matthew Teague
Konrad Sauer improves a 150-year-old handplane design.
by Christopher Schwarz
Let’s say you were good at building Chippendale highboys. Really good. Phil-Lowe-kind-of-good at it. Customers came to you regularly and you had plenty of work to keep you busy.
Then why – oh why – would you try to reinvent that highboy?
That’s the kind of question that many traditionalists are asking about planemaker Konrad Sauer, who has successfully made a living for more than 10 years as a custom toolmaker. Since Sauer opened his doors for business on Jan. 2, 2001, his bread and butter has been building infill jointer, panel and smoothing planes (plus other traditional forms) that are firmly rooted in the British infill tradition.
Web sites: Visit Sauer & Steiner’s web site and read Konrad Sauer’s blog.
Video: Watch our video of Sauer discussing the design of the K13.
Article: Read an early profile of Sauer’s work.
In our store: “Handplane Essentials” (Popular Woodworking Books) by Christopher Schwarz, available in both print and a DRM-free digital PDF format. Read more
Tuesday morning saw the continuation of the bureau table by Kaare. He assembled the drawer dividers, with the case together added the feet and a few nailed on parts and then started adding the moldings across the bottom. After Kaare, Dan Faia from the N. Bennett St. school looked at stringing and banding, as well … Read more
Day one of the conference began at 8:30 with breakfast in the Wallace Dewitt museum cafe. At 9:00, Colonial Williamsburg cabinetmaker Kaare Loftheim took the stage to demonstrate the construction of a bureau table. It looked like a kneehole desk. After a mid morning break, FWW author Dan Faia examined the feet of a Pembroke … Read more
I’m in colonial Williamsburg for the annual woodworking conference. This year the subject is the furniture Mount Vernon. Last night there was a short lecture on Mount Vernon furniture and architecture by staff members from Mt Vernon. This morning, Colonial Williamsburgs Craftsmen take the stage to begin reproducing furniture from Washington’s home.
Years ago I came to possess a really large walnut log and had it sawn to my specifications on a band mill. I then air dried it and have stowed most of it ever since. Many of the plain-sliced slabs yielded widths of between 20″ and 33″. Yes, I consider myself a lucky man. I’ve … Read more
Sooner or later, someone will ask you to make a picture frame. Here is how to get it right the first time. by Robert W. Lang Pages 21-23 From the Summer 2009 issue of Woodworking Magazine, issue 14 Buy this issue now Picture frames are one of those woodworking projects that we all assume we … Read more