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Flexner on Finishing: Catalyzed Finishes

Apply a professional, quick-drying and durable finish at home. by Bob Flexner page 58 You may have heard of catalyzed finishes: pre-catalyzed lacquer, post-catalyzed lacquer and catalyzed or “conversion” varnish. These finishes are commonly used in industry and in cabinet and professional refinishing shops. But there’s no reason you can’t use them also. The...

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How a Tree Became a Whale

A rescue and careful work reveal the spirit of land and sea. by Lee Dye page 64 I have lusted for years after the wide, irregular planks used by the legendary George Nakashima to capture what he called “the soul of a tree.” I would give them new life as a piece of furniture...

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Contemporary Cabinet

The inspiration for this simple build hangs on a live-edge piece of walnut. by Megan Fitzpatrick pages 26-31 A contemporary look and no dovetails: Those were my self-imposed rules for this cabinet design. I’ve just completed a remodel on my kitchen, you see, with shop-built Shaker-style cabinets and a passel of hand-dovetailed drawers. I needed a...

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‘Bookend’ Inlay

Make four variations of Federal inlay with heat and a few simple tools. by Frank Vucolo Pages 32-35 While one revolution was winding down, another was gaining force. The Federal period, from about 1780 to 1820, saw both the rise of the nascent United States as well as a uniquely American interpretation of neoclassical...

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Clever Windsor Joints

Apply the strength of dovetails to round pieces by Michael Dunbar pages 36-39 Windsor chairs are comfortable, handsome and strong. That is why for 250 years they have been America’s favorite chair. Windsors were made by hand for more than a century, roughly 1730 to 1840. During that time their designs changed as makers...

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Must-have Router Bits

Here are four profiles that will change your woodworking life. by Chuck Bender pages 46-48 Every woodworking shop has a few vital tools that are absolute necessities. And whether you have a strict power-only tool policy or you take a blended approach, I would argue that a router is one of the tools essential...

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Splay-leg Table with a Twist

Tweaking a classic table design adds a contemporary feel and challenges traditional building techniques. by Tom Calisto pages 40-45 My aim was to make something fairly simple and classic with contemporary flair. The cuffs and cock bead are borrowed from the Federal period, but I added splayed legs and an angle on the cuffs...

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Must-Have Router Bits

Here are four profiles that will change your woodworking life. by Chuck Bender page 46-48 Every woodworking shop has a few vital tools that are absolute necessities. And whether you have a strict power-only tool policy or you take a blended approach, I would argue that a router is one of the tools essential...

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Woodworking Excellence

Get inspired by our 2014 winners. by Megan Fitzpatrick page 49 For our second annual PWM Excellence Awards, we solicited submissions in five categories: Boxes and Smalls; Seating; Tables; Cabinets and Casework; and Turnings, Carvings and Objet d’Art. Featured here are the Editors’ Choice and Readers’ Choice winners in each (Bruce Chaffin was the...