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This small stool, designed by eye and built by hand, satisfies my four criteria: Sized to fit my foot and step; stable for all potential foot positions; durable and strong enough to support more than my weight; and offering a non-slip step surface.

Designing by Foot, Hand & Eye

Empirical, not Imperial, is the measure of the pre-industrial maker. by Jim Tolpin pages 46-51 August 2010, Issue #184 In this article I’m going to show how I design a simple piece of furniture whilst immersed in the mindset of the pre-industrial, hand-tool artisan. Because I’m not going to use power tools to build...

Perfect picnic. A folding stool or two is perfect for a picnic in the park – or your backyard. To make a matching table, just upsize the stool components.

Folding Stool

With two pieces of pine and simple tools, make this easy-to-store seat. by Chad Stanton This simple project made from two pieces of dimensional pine can help solve seating shortages at your next gathering – and it folds neatly away for the next get-together. All you need is a 4′ 1×8, an 8′ 1×4,...

James Hamilton

5 Tips for Your Homemade Workshop

James Hamilton, also known as Stumpy Nubs to his throng of online fans, is an advocate for constantly finding new and innovative ways to streamline workflow in the shop. Whenever a problem arises or something seems like it should be easier he frantically eats a donut and then sets his mind to finding a solution...

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Small Tool Organization

Shop organization is likely a recurring topic throughout anyone’s woodworking career. That’s why we devoted several articles to the topic in our Woodworking Essentials column in Popular Woodworking Magazine back in 2007. The column has returned as a new book compiling those articles into one handy volume, “Woodworking Essentials: Timeless Techniques for Woodworkers.” While some...

Elia Bizzari works on a shaving horse.

The Apprentice

Persistence (and a crazy mother) can help. by Elia Bizzarri page 64 from the November 2011 issue I slept on a cot in the loft of the shop, cooked on a portable burner, and walked my dirty dishes through the garden to the basement sink. Curtis Buchanan walked in at seven one morning to...

The entrance to Toshio Odate’s studio is a kōshi-do – traditional Japanese lattice-work panels of the same form that he made as an apprentice in the 1950s.

Kōshi-do

A new entrance to a master’s studio comes from the beginning of his career. by Toshio Odate The kōshi-do form (a latticed door) has existed since ancient times in Japanese temples, and has long been used to divide the exterior and interior, and sometimes as a room divider. In the last century, the use...

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Double-bevel Artistry

A scrollsaw and simple steps yield stunning inlay results. By Jameel Abraham Pages 47-50, August 2013 Picture a two-layer cake. Using a knife, cut a circle out of the middle while holding the knife perfectly vertical. You now have two cylinders of cake that you can easily pull out of the rest of the...