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A Teacup & 8 Dinner Plates

Not only living beings retain a soul; some objects do as well. by Toshio Odate The word “Pantheism” is defined as “the religious belief or philosophical doctrine, which identifies the universe with God.” And, “The doctrine that God is not a personality, but that all laws, forces and manifestations, etc. of the universe are...

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Arts & Crafts Bookcase

Dramatic details showcase leaded glass and English style. by Nancy R. Hiller p. 24 Some of the most aesthetically compelling pieces of furniture I’ve seen in the Arts & Crafts style were made by an English company most Americans have never heard of. Between 1890 and 1910, the Harris Lebus Company of London exploited...

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Apologia for the Custom Handplane

The best rationale for these ultra high-end tools might not be what you think. by Raney Nelson p. 32 Over the past decade, I’ve made somewhere approaching a couple hundred custom handplanes, both for my own enjoyment and (since 2010) as my full-time occupation. I’d like to take some time here to tell you...

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Japanese Sliding-lid box

This clever and simple piece is great for storing tools, toys or a kimono. by Christopher Schwarz p. 37 While picking though a table of vintage Japanese tools for sale in 2013, I spotted this sliding-lid box under the vendor’s table; it was blackened by age, soot and rust. Despite its scars, however, the...

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Toshio Odate

As the twig is bent, so grows the tree. by John Kelsey p. 41 In his unusual life, Toshio Odate, now 85, has not only stepped from one continent and culture to another – from rural Japan to urban America – but also from one historical epoch to another, from the feudal era to...

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Tool Test: Grizzly 12 1/2″ Benchtop Planer

Lightweight but solid, this two-knife model is a decent starter machine. by Megan Fitzpatrick p. 16 I admit to some skepticism as I unboxed the Grizzly G0790. This benchtop planer has only two knives, and at just $285 (plus $49 for shipping), I wasn’t expecting to be impressed. And while I’m not completely blown away by...

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Grizzly 12 1/2″ Benchtop Planer

Lightweight but solid, this two-knife model is a decent starter machine. by Megan Fitzpatrick p. 16 I admit to some skepticism as I unboxed the Grizzly G0790. This benchtop planer has only two knives, and at just $285 (plus $49 for shipping), I wasn’t expecting to be impressed. And while I’m not completely blown away by...

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Tool Test: Vesper Double Square with Mini Blade

by Christopher Schwarz p. 18 Many of the difficult measuring jobs we face are too big or too small for us to accurately assess. For big jobs, I end up making my own giant wooden straightedges or try squares. For the tiny problems, I reach for the Vesper Double Square. This beautifully machined adjustable square...

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Vesper Double Square with Mini Blade

by Christopher Schwarz p. 18 Many of the difficult measuring jobs we face are too big or too small for us to accurately assess. For big jobs, I end up making my own giant wooden straightedges or try squares. For the tiny problems, I reach for the Vesper Double Square. This beautifully machined adjustable square...