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Medicine-Cabinet

Medicine Cabinet

A slick technique makes the divided-light door a snap. by Megan Fitzpatrick pages 26-31 In 2008, I built a contemporary maple chimney cupboard to hold towels in my bathroom. Eight years on, I decided it was time for a matching medicine cabinet – in large part because the house I recently bought has solid...

David-Savage

Draw Your Way to Better Woodworking

Using your hands to sketch can teach your eyes to really see. by David Savage pages 32-37 Most of us use our eyes to avoid bumping into things; we probably are only using 20 percent of our visual ability. I had a student some years ago at Rowden Workshops who had a history in...

Trestle-Tables

The First Trestle Tables

Portable, sturdy and easy to build, these were used for a variety of tasks. by Christopher Schwarz pages 38-43 Many of the fantastic furniture forms of the Middle Ages have disappeared and have been replaced by pieces that are more complex but not necessarily better. One of my favorites is the early trestle table....

Strop-Box

Queen Anne Strop Box

Sharpen your hand-tool skills with this useful project. by Willard Anderson pages 4-50 I recently obtained a nice piece of leather about 1⁄4″ thick that I wanted to use as a strop for plane irons and chisels. And, I was looking for a simple hand-tool project. So I decided to make a “strop box”...

Holtey-Plane

Karl Holtey, Plane Pioneer

This legendary planemaker’s career has been dedicated to innovation. by Kieran Binnie pages 51-55 There is no straight path between a childhood spent in a camp for displaced persons in Germany’s Black Forest at the end of the Second World War, and a workshop in the Scottish Highlands making some of the most desirable...

tenon-jig

Tool Test: Powermatic Table Saw Tenon Jig

No-measure setup delivers precise, repeatable tenons – fast. If you cut a lot of tenons, the Powermatic Tenoning Jig (PM-TJ) is worth a close look. While it appears a bit complicated out of the box, the PM-TJ is remarkably easy to use and compatible with any standard table saw with a low-profile riving knife....

moving fillister plane

Tool Test: J. Wilding Moving Fillister Plane

Vintage moving fillister planes are easy to find but can be tricky to restore because of all the moving parts and the general wear and tear these tools endure. If you don’t want to buy a metal moving fillister, then I highly recommend you check out the work of Jeremiah Wilding, a young planemaker...

glue pot

Tool Test: Lee Valley Tools Glue Pot & Tabletop Warmer

This stainless steel replica of a late 19th-century double-boiler cast iron glue pot from Landers, Frary & Clark is both cute and useful – despite its diminutive size (3″ diameter x 2-3⁄8″ height). The outer pot holds 2-1⁄2 fluid ounces of water to keep the contents of the inner pot from scorching when it’s...

Drawers

Design Matters: Ideas that Jump Off the Page

Isometric views help keep your designs grounded. by George R. Walker pages 20-22 The kite leapt into the wind and I frantically uncoiled string that burned and chafed my hands and fingers. The thin wooden crossbeams bent almost to the breaking point again and again as the wind buffeted the kite, until finally it...