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Killer Wood

Don’t let fabulous figure overshadow your design elements. by George Walker page 16 Much has been written about how Michelangelo, the great artist and sculptor, spent years of his life in the Carrara, Italy, marble quarries. He sought out promising stone and often took part in the whole process, from the initial sectioning of...

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Work Begun

Forget the stockpile of wood; what about the stock of partial projects? by Peter Follansbee page 58 When building furniture, some woodworkers keep a stockpile of lumber on hand and draw from their stacks as they begin a new project. Others buy enough lumber (with some extra) for each piece they are planning to...

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Why is Finishing So Difficult?

Misleading claims and directions may be due to manufacturer ignorance. by Bob Flexner page 62 In the previous issue (#216) I wrote about teak oils and how none have anything to do with teak wood. Reading the article, you may have asked yourself why companies would put out products that aren’t what they say...

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Why I Love Ikea

Lessons from a big box guide my approach to woodworking by Edward Suter page 64 I love Ikea. Yes, I said it. This store has provided me with an understanding of furniture design and with products I use on many of my projects. For some I’m happy to pay, but for most I haven’t had...

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American Gothic

This early form – an aumbry – spawned many different types of furniture. by Christopher Schwarz page 28 It is easy to forget that many of our favorite pieces of furniture are recent innovations. Forms such as coffee tables, bookcases and desks are – archaeologically speaking – new objects brought on by incredible modern...

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Copper Hardware

It’s surprisingly simple to make your own Stickley-style pulls. by Tom Calisto page 33 The simple lines and honest joinery of the Arts & Crafts period have always appealed to me. The fumed quartersawn white oak and the warm patina of the copper hardware add a wonderful effect to the overall design. But I...

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Teak Oil: The Oil That Doesn’t Exist

‘Teak oil’ is whatever a manufacturer chooses to put in the container. by Bob Flexner page 38 No wood finish illustrates better than “teak oil” why finishing is so confusing. Brands vary from mineral oil, to linseed oil, to tung oil, to oil/varnish blend, to wiping varnish, to simply wax and turpentine. Many brands...

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Shooting Boards

These appliances add accuracy and consistency to your handplane work. by Graham Blackburn page 42 There was a time, before the introduction of power tools, when the handplane was the very icon of woodworking. Nowadays of course, woodworking is often represented by the table saw and the electric router (among many other power tools)....

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Recreating Rohlfs

This mahogany Arts & Crafts desk chair exemplifies furniture as art. by Peter Marcucci page 46 Most woodworkers are familiar with Arts & Crafts designers William Morris, Gustav Stickley and Charles and Henry Greene. But Charles Rohlfs’ inspiring work is a bit less well-known. Rohlfs, trained as a designer and draftsman, spent his early years...