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Out on a Limb: Plus ça Change

by Megan Fitzpatrick page 6 I’ve been busy in my free time (such as it is) scurrying to prepare text files for the designer of an upcoming translation of the furniture making sections of André Jacob Roubo’s “l’Art du menuisier.” In case you’re not familiar with Roubo and his 18th-century tome, it’s basically a...

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Tool Test: Lake Erie Toolworks Moxon Vise

This well-machined workholding device is easy to assemble and is solid. by Megan Fitzpatrick page 14 Sure, you can make your own double twin-screw vise, but you don’t have to – there are several excellent commercial options. Add to that list the new Lake Erie Toolworks Moxon Vise kit. This hard maple vise arrives...

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Tool Test: Blue Spruce Toolworks 4″ x 6″ Square

by Jim McConnell page 16 One thing I always worry about with fixed-blade metal try squares (especially beautiful and expensive ones) is the reality that rough handling or an accidental drop from the workbench can knock them out of alignment and render them useless. The new 4″ x 6″ square by Blue Spruce Toolworks...

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Tool Test: Naniwa Sink Bridge for Sharpening Stones

by Megan Fitzpatrick page 16 The stainless steel sink bridge from Naniwa is not a new product – but it’s a welcome new addition to my shop at home. I don’t (yet) have a dedicated sharpening area set up, so until I get around to that, I’m resorting to the laundry sink. The problem...

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Design Matters: Dividers – Conduits to Creativity

This tool with a mythological past remains a designer’s workhorse. by George R. Walker pages 18-20 Dividers have long been called the “Tools of the Imagination” – and with good reason. For millennia, this simple pair of joined pointed sticks has been the universal tool that unites all the building trades and artistic crafts....

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Hardware: The Crowning Touch

The right hardware is as important as wood selection and finish. by Orion Henderson pages 54-55 Not too long ago, I was approached by Megan Fitzpatrick about writing an occasional feature on hardware in the magazine. After a solid three minutes of thought, I jumped at the idea. Hardware is something that a lot...

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Arts & Mysteries: Carpenters’ Work

Early modern records show guild regulations in London. by Peter Follansbee pages 58-61 Early 17th-century London tradesmen were protective about their work, carefully keeping an eye on any interlopers to their craft. A dispute arose in the early 1630s between London’s carpenters and joiners, and in my last column (June 2016, issue #225), I...

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Flexner on Finishing: My ‘Half-right Rule’

Knowing which half to believe is why finishing seems so difficult. by Bob Flexner pages 62-63 Many years ago I coined what I call my “half-right rule.” That is, half of what you read or hear about finishing is right; you just don’t know which half. You may suspect that I developed this rule...

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End Grain: ‘Woodworking Interval Training’

Sawing – and other operations – by the clock. by Steve Branam page 64 I recently needed to rip two lengths from a 4′ slab of 12/4 cherry. I use hand tools, so that’s a heavy job. Such tasks can be intimidating, keeping you from doing a project. I don’t want to let the...