by Megan Fitzpatrick page 18 From the December 2013 issue, #208 I’ve built a couple workbenches – and helped to build a couple more – and have drilled 3⁄4″-diameter holes for dogs and holdfasts variously by hand with a brace and bit, with an spiral-upcut bit in a router and with a combination of both … Read more
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Stanley No. 45 and No. 55 combination planes are put to the test.
by Roy Underhill
It took 2,000 years of fine-tuning for woodworking planes to reach their peak of subtle perfection – each plane elegantly adapted to its niche in the grain. Then, in a coal-fired flash, they were gone, struck down in top-hat times by the cast iron asteroid of the new machines. Toothed with high-speed rotary cutters, the machines could spit out stock mouldings fast and cheap – and they were good enough. The old wooden warriors that survived took shelter in dank chests as new creatures arose to fill the short-run, on-the-job-site niches where the rotary machines could not (yet) roam.
Web site: Take a class from Roy Underhill at The Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, N.C.
Video: Watch current seasons of “The Woodwright’s Shop” free online.
Blog: Read more about Stanley Tools and download the manual for the No. 55.
To buy: Read Underhill’s fascinating creative non-fiction article on André Roubo, and learn how to make Roubo’s one-board bookstand.
In our store: Find vintage episodes of “The Woodwright’s Shop” on DVD in our store, as well as many of Underhill’s books. Read more
by Megan Fitzpatrick pages 84-87 From the June 2006 issue Woodworking teacher Kelly Mehler got his start in the schooling business in an unusual way. His first teaching job was to instruct patients at a rehabilitation center in woodworking basics using simple machinery. While working there, he took classes in the wood technology program at … Read more
With the November 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine now in the hands of all subscribers (I hope!), it’s time to share with everyone the work of all the winners in our inaugural PWM Excellence Awards (But if you aren’t a subscriber…well…you know…save money…feed my cats…etc. etc.). We announced the Grand-prize Winner last month, but … Read more
The inimitable Peter Follansbee delivered the keynote address at the Friday evening dinner. I suspect that many of you who were at Woodworking in America 2013 are, like me, still wading through e-mail, trying to catch up on sleep and perhaps trying to find your voices (mine is apparently still down at the convention center). … Read more
First, thanks to the many of you who made the trip to Greater Cincinnati for Woodworking in America 2013. I hope everyone had as great a time hanging out with 400+ woodworking friends as did I. For those of you who couldn’t make it this year, I (and many others, no doubt) will be posting … Read more
If your family is coming along with you to Woodworking in America, there’s plenty for them to do in Cincinnati while you’re at the conference. And there’s plenty of good food. The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal (an impressive Art Deco building just west of downtown Cincinnati) houses three museums (plus an Omnimax … Read more