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‘According to Fancy’

by Joshua Klein pgs. 50-55 When most people think of period furniture, they think of high-style carving or inlay. This hyper-focus on exceptional examples skews our impression of pre-industrial life. The truth is, very few people lived with that kind of refinement. Far more common were simplified, vernacular representations of forms in vogue in...


Revisionist History

by Megan Fitzpatrick pg. 8 For an upcoming issue, I’m working on what will be – what was supposed to be, anyway – my first pure reproduction. That is, instead of my oft-used approach of adapting and designing a piece or style to meet specific needs (e.g., my Shaker-inspired coffee table from the August...


Super Nova Magnetic Lathe Lamp

Three LEDs and a 30″ flexible neck deliver durable, excellent task lighting. by Rob Porcaro pg. 16 Good lighting can make a big difference in the quality of your woodworking, especially hand-tool work. Without it, there is little hope of accurately sawing to a layout line. It is also key in evaluating a surface...


David Barron Magnetic Dovetail Guide

by Megan Fitzpatrick pg. 18 If you’re struggling for cut perfection on your dovetails (or you’re just learning to cut this important joint), a magnetic dovetail guide from U.K.-based furniture maker and teacher David Barron is just the ticket. These guides are made of sturdy anodized aluminum and feature recessed rare-earth magnets – covered...


Tool Test: Bad Axe ‘Bayonet’ Precision Carcase Saw

by James McConnell pg. 18 If there is any remaining question in the hand-tool world regarding the all-around capabilities of carcase saws, Mark Harrell has offered a definitive answer with the introduction of the new 14″ Bayonet Precision Carcase Saw from Bad Axe Tool Works. The Bayonet is both fast and deadly accurate. With...


Design Matters: If Doors Could Talk

Door construction contains lessons on proportion and visual weight.   by George Walker pgs. 20-22 The directions to Thuya Garden in Northeast Harbor, Maine, were on a scrap of yellow paper held tightly in one hand. I craned my neck out the car window, searching for the hidden lane. My wife, Barb, wondered aloud if...


Arts & Mysteries: One Stick, All the Info

Measured drawings for some, story sticks for me (and others). by Peter Follansbee pgs. 58-61 I once had a job making a couple of wainscot chairs and chests for the National Park Service. After barely surviving the paperwork it took to get the job in the first place, I was then confronted with the...


Flexner on Finishing: White Water Rings

Understanding causes and remedies of this typically shallow damage. by Bob Flexner pgs. 62-63 A friend sent me a web link to a video and short text recommending the use of mayonnaise to remove white water rings on tabletops thinking that I would scoff at this remedy. I didn’t. I’ve actually seen mayonnaise work...


End Grain: “The Power of the Hobbyist”

Turning woodworking into a pastime helped me love it again. by Vic Tesolin pg. 64 There are two ways I hear the term “hobbyist” thrown around. The first is by “professional” woodworkers and, more times than not, it is in a disparaging tone: as if a hobbyist couldn’t possibly be as good, fast or...