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Woodworking Excellence

by Megan Fitzpatrick pgs. 48-54 With so many excellent entries in the 2016 PWM Excellence Awards, selecting the Editors’ Choice winners and Grand-prize winner was incredibly difficult. All the editors and contributors have different aesthetic tastes, and the excellent craftsmanship displayed in the top vote getters didn’t help settle the discussions. In several cases...


Secret Compartments

by Megan Fitzpatrick pg. 6 When I was a kid, my mom dragged me to antique malls and furniture auctions on what felt at the time like a daily basis (it was probably four times per year). I would entertain myself on these seemingly interminable occasions by searching the case pieces for hidden drawers...


Bosch Reaxx Jobsite Saw

New safety mechanism leaves your sawblades and hands unscathed. by Peter Marcucci pg. 14 As a retired safety professional turned woodworker, I want a saw with flesh-sensing technology, but I don’t have room for a cabinet saw. In 2015 SawStop introduced its jobsite saw. Shortly after, Bosch introduced the REAXX jobsite saw. I bought...


Walke Moore Tools Router Plane

Based on the Preston 2500P, this bronze tool will last longer than a lifetime. by James McConnell pg. 16 Router planes are the Swiss Army knives of joinery, cleaning out dados, leveling lap joints and trimming tenons with speed and surgical precision. The new Walke Moore Tools 2500 excels at all of the things...


Designer’s Workhorse

Proportions do all the heavy lifting – a bit of drawing can develop your eye. by George Walker pgs. 18-19 There is a saying among artists: Values (light and shadow) do all the work in a painting, while colors have all the fun. Though cobalt blue and crimson red may dazzle, light and shadows...


Shrink Pots: A Touch of ‘Magic’

These traditional Swedish cylindrical forms are an addictive pastime. by Peter Follansbee pgs. 22-23 I have too much to do. Building a shop by hand, in my spare time, is slow-going. Add in custom work, teaching (and the travel that goes with it) and spoon carving, and my days are pretty full. It’s a...


Contemporary Console Table

This slender table maximizes minimal space. by Rodney Wilson pgs. 58-59 My family recently left our sprawling farmhouse for a compact ranch. We left our farmhouse-sized stuff too, and now we need new furniture. This little console table, under 4′ wide and just more than 1′ deep, fits nicely below a wall-mounted TV to...


Brief History of Brasses

A concise chronicle of furniture hardware styles to help you build it better. by Orion Henderson pgs. 60-61 One question I am often asked is, “What hardware should I use?” And the answer is usually, “It depends.” What did you build? Are you refinishing or restoring? Is your work an original or a reproduction?...


Explaining Polymerized Oil

Simple in theory, not in the real world. by Bob Flexner pgs. 62-63 A reader of my blog (at asked me to explain what polymerized oil is. So here goes. On one level the explanation is incredibly simple and on another it’s representative of all that makes finishing and finishes so hard to...