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BT&C Hardware Store Saw

More than just a saw, this tool offers (useful) infomercial-like functions. by Christopher Schwarz page 14 I’m not a fan of multi-tools. In my experience they are marketing gimmicks that do nothing particularly well. But the new Brooklyn Tool & Craft Hardware Store Saw is a huge exception to that rule. This short panel...


Ridgid 18-volt ‘Hyperdrive’ 18-gauge Brad Nailer

by Megan Fitzpatrick page 16 If you’re working with access to electricity, it’s easy to plug in an air compressor and run a hose to a brad nailer. But if you’re working on a site with no electric, or your compressor hose is too short for the task, well, a cordless nailer is nice...


Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Honing Guide

by Christopher Schwarz page 16 Since the mid-1990s I’ve been married to my inexpensive side-clamp honing guide, sometimes called an “Eclipse” guide after the firm that developed it. So when Lie-Nielsen Toolworks began showing its side-clamp honing guide around, I resisted even picking it up – I don’t like to mess with my sharpening...


Knockdown English Workbench

With $100 in lumber and two days, you can build this sturdy stowaway bench. by Christopher Schwarz page 22 Many knockdown workbenches suffer from unfortunate compromises. Inexpensive commercial benches that can be knocked down for shipping use skimpy hardware and thin components to reduce shipping weight. The result is that the bench never feels...

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Woodworking Excellence

Find inspiration from our 2015 award winners. by Megan Fitzpatrick page 30 Looking through the many entries in our third annual PWM Excellence Awards highlighted the fact that good work comes in many shapes and sizes, and from people of all ages and backgrounds. It was a pleasure for the editors and contributing editors...


Sharpening Pond

With this inviting and accessible setup, there’s no excuse for dull blades. by William Ng page 36 The ability to keep tools sharp is a most important woodworking skill – that’s why I have a dedicated sharpening station in each of my classrooms, readily available for my students. Many woodworkers think of sharpening as...


Roast Your Own

Cooking wood in your kitchen can produce results that rival specialty kilns. by Mitch Roberson p. 40 Luthiers have long used roasted or tempered wood in stringed instruments because the roasting process pre-stresses the wood and caramelizes the sugars, sealing the pores and rendering them more resistant to moisture. While these properties are beneficial...


Sunburst Wall Clock

This modern take on a mid-century classic is a study in precision geometry. by Andy Brownell page 42 The sunburst-style wall clock came in a variety of shapes and sizes during its heyday of the mid-1940s to the mid ’60s. Its aesthetic captured many of the design elements common to the mid-century modern style...

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Design Matters: The Star Chamfer

This simple transition of surfaces helps place emphasis where you want it.  by George R. Walker page 18 Just a week into my machinist apprenticeship I felt, for the first time, the wrath of Big Red. He was the head inspector in the tool room and got the nickname for his fiery temper. When...