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Shaker Trestle Table

The following is excerpted from a new book, Furniture Fundamentals: Tables, in which you’ll find collected many of the best table projects published in Popular Woodworking. You’ll find the full step-by-step instructions for this Glen D. Huey piece in the book, but the measured drawings below are an excellent place to begin. I’ve built...

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Shaker-Inspired Bench

The following is excerpted from a new book, “Furniture Fundamentals: Chairs & Benches,” in which you’ll find collected many of the best seating projects published in Popular Woodworking. You’ll find the full step-by-step  instructions for this Robert W. Lang piece in the book, but the measured drawings below are an excellent place to begin....

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Working Wood 3: The Cabinet Maker’s Workshop

Building on the firm base of skills and techniques in Working Wood 1&2, Simon James guides woodworkers in this book and the accompanying DVDs through a feast of new methods, a myriad of jigs and tricks that will open their eyes to new ways of achieving their goals while providing many “why didn’t I...

Years ago I discovered Federal furniture and knew that with beautiful veneer, superb inlay and simple carving, this would be my furniture period of choice.

Federal Furniture

Editor’s note: For a better look at the images (and more of them), download the PDF of the article as it appeared in print (at bottom). Years ago I discovered Federal furniture and knew that with beautiful veneer, superb inlay and simple carving, this would be my furniture period of choice. by Rob Millard...

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Lessons From Roubo

Saturday mornings are among the best hours I get all week. My wife and daughters all like to sleep in late, but I get up early, make coffee, and use that quiet time to read, draw or write. It was a Saturday morning when I turned to Plate 280 of the new translation of...

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How to Make ‘Condor Tails’

An ingenious way to combine routers, a band saw and hand tools for big dovetails. by Jameel Abraham pages 48-53 from the August 2011 issue click on the photos below to make them larger I know what you’re thinking: “Another opinion on how to cut dovetails.” I hear you. But this one’s different. I...

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12 Rules for Tool Chests

Christopher Schwarz has produced some terrific blog posts recently on the topic of hand tool storage. For those of you who read those posts and decide to build a traditional tool chest, the following excerpt from the Chris Schwarz archives may be very helpful. It provides some additional depth on each of the key...

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Sketching and Design Development

In addition to using sketching to solve problems on the fly in the shop, I also use quick sketches while making formal drawings to visualize the appearance of the finished drawing. When I’m at a museum or an auction, I take along pencil and paper and make quick sketches for use at a later...

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3 Types of Classic Tools you Should Question

It is important to understand which classic tools should be bought and which shouldn’t. Because tools vary in quality, many are not worth owning. In fact, you must be careful and selective. The majority of second-hand tools are, for one or more of the following reasons, unsuitable for use. Antique Tools Beware of tools...