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Build a ‘Birdcage’

This clever & traditional wooden mechanism allows tabletops to tilt and rotate. by Alfred Sharp page 34 During the first third of the 18th century, tea drinking first became a popular pastime in fashionable homes in England and its colonies, hence the appearance of a new furniture form – the tea table. Besides the...

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18th-century Reflections

Make a classic mahogany looking glass by hand. by Joshua Klein page 40 Even before the days of Facebook and selfies, Americans were undeniably conscious of self-image. In both Europe and America, the 18th-century genteel elite kept specialized accessories for maintaining appearance. Among the most important of these was a reflective mirror. Because these...

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Furniture Restoration

Learn how to repair typical damage. by Bob Flexner page 46 Thirty-five years ago, I traded $125 worth of work for the mid-19th-century Empire chest-of-drawers pictured here. You could argue that I paid too much, because the amount of work involved in restoring it was considerable, but it was an impulse trade and I...

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Steam Powered

Successful wood bending with heat and water is more art than science by Michael Dunbar page 50 Long ago, some caveman made a curious discovery: Wood becomes pliable when it is both hot and wet, allowing it to be bent to a desired shape that it retains when dry. Ever since, woodworkers have been...

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Kreg Precision Router Table

Simple micro-adjust feature and a solid base make this one a contender. by Christopher Schwarz page 14 Some router tables have gotten so complex and expensive that they actually rival a decent shaper. I’ve always preferred simple router tables, so I was curious to assemble and use the new Kreg Precision Router Table. Like...

TTRoutertable_aug_2015

Kreg Precision Router Table

Simple micro-adjust feature and a solid base make this one a contender. by Christopher Schwarz page 14 Some router tables have gotten so complex and expensive that they actually rival a decent shaper. I’ve always preferred simple router tables, so I was curious to assemble and use the new Kreg Precision Router Table. Like...

TTRoll_aug_2015

Texas Heritage Woodworks Auger Bit Roll

by Megan Fitzpatrick page 16 I’ve been looking for a long time for the perfect storage and transport solution for my auger bits. For a while, they were wrapped in kitchen towels – less than ideal. I have two of my grandfather’s old canvas tool rolls, but they both have holes in them where...

TTHoning_Aug_2015

Trend Diamond Whetstone Honing & Polishing Kit

by Christopher Schwarz page 16 To be frank, I’m not a fan of sharpening hand tools using diamond systems because I don’t find the final edge as ideal as one produced on oilstones or waterstones. That said, the new Trend Diamond Honing & Polishing kit (DWS/KIT/B) gets so many things bang-on correct that it...

TTHoning_Aug_2015

Trend Diamond Whetstone Honing & Polishing Kit

by Christopher Schwarz page 16 To be frank, I’m not a fan of sharpening hand tools using diamond systems because I don’t find the final edge as ideal as one produced on oilstones or waterstones. That said, the new Trend Diamond Honing & Polishing kit (DWS/KIT/B) gets so many things bang-on correct that it...