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Flexner

Matching Colors

Use the method that allows you to keep trying until you get it right. by Bob Flexner pages 60, 62 One of the most challenging tasks in wood finishing is matching the color of an existing object, color swatch or photo in a magazine. Most people try to accomplish this with just a stain,...

Sincoxendgrain

Take Your Work to Home

A lunchtime woodworking break yields more than a nice saw handle. by Ethan Sincox page 64 Last summer, I took Matt Cianci’s “Build a Backsaw” weekend class through my local woodworking guild. There is never enough time in a weekend class to finish the project; this was no exception. I’d roughed out the tote,...

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An Easy Way to Draw Any Ellipse

On my most recent project I needed an elliptical arc. Although my arc conforms to the Golden Ratio (1:1.62), the method I use works for an ellipse of any proportion. Determine the overall size of the ellipse you need and cut a piece of pattern material large enough to encompass it. Next, draw vertical...

rivet

‘Rivet’ Your Furniture

This strong and simple – but uncommon – joint imparts a decorative touch.

by Christopher Schwarz pages 22-25 After 20 years of making furniture, it’s not every day that you stumble on a joint you’ve never seen before. But that’s exactly what happened several years ago when I encountered a floor chest from the West Indies in...

Cablegs

Contemporary Cabriole Legs

A new approach to a traditional design element.

by Jeff Miller pages 26-32

Early on in my career, I built a number of tables with different types of cabriole legs. These ranged from period-inspired pieces to designs a little farther afield. But as I began creating my own designs, I wasn’t entirely satisfied with what cabriole legs...

screwbox

Hardware Hideaway

Store handles, hinges and fasteners in this handsome dust-free organizer.

by Glen D. Huey pages 33-37

While exploring in an antique store, I found a small, two-level lidded box that would be ideal to store the loads of extra hardware I have stowed in plastic bags. No longer would I need to search endlessly for brads, bails...

spoons

Spoon Carving

This kitchen workhorse presents a surprising and rewarding challenge.

by Peter Follansbee pages 38-41

A wooden spoon – you can get one for a dollar in many places. It’s just a stick with a hollow shaped at one end. Why go to any bother over such a thing? Use them to stir sauces, dole out rice and...

stool

Reeds & Leaves

Design and build a Wharton Esherick-inspired stool.

by Chuck Bender pages 42-47

Looking at Wharton Esherick’s furniture, it’s easy to see how he brought nature into his designs. I’m not talking about how he simply carved abstract turkey buzzards on the front of an Arts & Crafts-style desk, but how, once he began to view furniture as...

ChiselJHandles

Get a Handle on Mortise Chisels

Period tools provide an opportunity for study – and for rehandling.

by Willard Anderson with Peter Ross pages 48-54

Mortise chisels get a lot of heavy use – and sometimes abuse. Over the years, I’ve collected a number of chisels without handles and with seriously damaged handles. These chisels are so well designed for their job, but...