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Why Spoons, Why Now?

Carving out a connection with tradition and with each other. by Peter Follansbee pages 22-24 In August 2016, I attended the 5th annual Spoonfest, the largest international gathering of spoon carvers, in Edale, Derbyshire, England. More than 200 people came from far and wide to spend anywhere from three to six days totally engrossed...

10 Finishing Tips & Tricks

Solutions for common situations, from softening edges to stripping. by Bob Flexner pages 66-68 Here are 10 tips and tricks you might use to both speed your finishing and get better results. I’ve arranged them in the rough order of typical finishing steps. Soften Sharp Edges Machining wood leaves edges sharp. Always soften them...

I Am a Couch Builder – End Grain

The best measure of success comes in the doing. by Jonas Jensen page 72 I don’t know if I am alone in this matter, but I have to admit that quite often I consider myself a couch builder. Maybe you know the drill yourself. You sit on a couch and read a woodworking magazine not...

The Almost-Forgotten Fore Plane

Learn to set up and wield one of the most useful (and inexpensive) handplanes. by Christopher Schwarz pages 23-27 Kevin Drake, a furniture maker who trained under James Krenov, stood before his wonky-topped workbench one day many years ago and hesitated. His urge was to start flattening the benchtop by planing across the grain...

Paper Cord Weaving

Simple Danish ‘planflet’ weaving produces eyecatching results. by Caleb James pages 28-37 Danish paper cord is three-ply, twisted paper, a strong material that Hans Wegner used on his now-classic CH25 lounge chair – a piece that inspired my chair. In the last issue (June 2017, #232), I showed you how to make the frame...

Greene & Greene Pantry Shelf

Cloudlifts and ebony accents add spice to utilitarian storage. by Norman Reid & Jeffrey Fleisher pages 38-42 This project began, as many do, with a need. Norm’s overflowing pantry shelves needed relief. So we set out to build a shelf that could hang on his kitchen wall to store cans and boxes for ready...

Shapely Legs

You needn’t rely on ready-made patterns to design good-looking gams. by Rob Porcaro pages 43-47 Legs with engaging, flowing three-dimensional curves can add immeasurably to the aesthetic success of such pieces as tables, stands and chests. In this article, using the legs for a small floating-top table as an example, I’ll show a practical...

Diamond Divided Lights

These doors are all about the angles – learn to bisect them using geometry and it’s a snap. by Phil Lowe pages 48-54 When I walk into the American decorative arts Gallery at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., I am always drawn to a great Federal piece that was built by Cotton...

OmniSquare

OmniSquare Multi-function Layout Tool

This clever and inexpensive milled aluminum square functions as a try square, miter square, bevel square, T-square, combination square and (in a pinch) a compass (the compass function would work better were there a groove on the end of the blade in which to set a pencil, which the maker mentions, but leaves up...