by Matthew Teague
Through the early stages of my woodworking, when I was sweating away evenings in a Mississippi basement trying to learn the craft using a $99 table saw and an $18 block plane, I devoured the books of James Krenov. They represented an artistic, if idealized, approach to a hands-on craft that appealed to an angst-filled editor and writer in his 20s. Even if I wasn’t up to the tasks, I knew my aim. Then life took over. After editing, writing and running a furniture business for a number of years, I still looked at the Krenov books from time to time, but my tastes and styles slowly became my own. When I started this job, however, I was inspired to revisit Krenov and the designs that kept me wide-eyed in earlier days. I’m glad I did.
Blog: Read about some clever doormaking assembly jigs.
Slideshow: See additional step photos on tapered sliding dovetails.
In our store: “A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook,” by James Krenov.
Download the free SketchUp Model of this project.
From the April 2012 issue #196.
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