February 2017 #230

pwm0217_250The February 2017 issue features a Tage Frid-inspired workbench by Bill Rainford – it’s a mid-century design updated with modern hardware and contemporary tooling techniques. This iconic Scandinavian design is an attractive and sturdy addition to any shop.
 
Ever wonder what the best glue for furniture is? Christopher Schwarz says the answer is almost always liquid hide glue. Made from animal protein, liquid hide glue sets up slow and reverses with water and heat – obvious pluses for those of us who make the occasional mistake in the shop. And, no, it doesn’t stink (too much).
 
Engage your inner artist with a marquetry panel build. Craig Thibodeau, an award-winning maker, teaches you how to create almost any picture in wood. Marquetry panels can add an elegant and eye-catching touch to your furniture build, and they look great hanging on a wall too!
 
Build a knock-down shaving horse that’s as handsome as it is useful. Featuring an antique tractor seat, built-in storage and turned Windsor legs, this stylish steed is ready to hit the trail.
 
Short on clamps? Staunch traditionalist? Try the spring joint for your next panel glue-up – faster than clamping and cost-effective, this historic method is an efficient addition to your skill set.
 
This issue’s “Tool Test” takes a look at David Charlesworth’s new “Drawer Making and Fitting” video, a small double square from Lee Valley, Benchcrafted’s toothed planning stop and a crowned CBN grinding wheel from Woodturners Wonders. “Design Matters” introduces you to New Hampshire furniture maker Jim Zink, and Peter Follansbee confronts a penchant for pilfering logs from the firewood stack. “Flexner on Finishing” teaches you how to get a darker color with your staining techniques. And Grant Burger, young maker from the North Bennet Street School, draws parallels between woodworking training and his time in the Marines in this month’s “End Grain.”

The Best Glue for Furniture?

Why liquid hide glue should be your first choice as an adhesive. by Christopher Schwarz pgs. 22-29 Since the beginnings of civilization up until World War II, most pieces of furniture were assembled using animal-based glues. That fact changed almost overnight in the 20th century, however, with the introduction of polyvinyl acetate (PVA), what...

Scandinavian Workbench

Modern hardware and techniques update this Tage Frid-inspired bench. by Bill Rainford pgs. 30-39 Scandinavian- or Continental-style workbenches are the vinyl LP records of the woodworking world. These iconic benches have never left the scene. A few are classics and others are the flavor of the month. Some benches in this style are masterworks...

Design & Create a Marquetry Panel

You’ll need three drawings, a stack of veneers and a little patience. by Craig Thibodeau pgs. 40-46 I’ve been using marquetry as a way to enhance my custom furniture pieces for a number of years and during that time have developed a series of simple steps that make creating marquetry pictures fairly straightforward. I’ll...

How & Why of Spring Joints

Save on clamps with this traditional technique for panel glue-ups. by Christopher Schwarz pgs. 47-49 A “spring joint” is a traditional method where you join the edges of two boards to make a wider panel and leave a tiny gap in the middle of the joint. The gap reduces the number of clamps you...

Knock-down Shaving Horse

Windsor turnings lend personality; storage drawer adds functionality. by Willard Anderson pgs. 50-55 I recently had a roof built over the deck on my shop, so now I have a great place to store lumber (plus I put a rocking chair out there to enjoy the evening air). But what I really wanted was...

Pursuit of Perfection

by Megan Fitzpatrick pg. 6 One of the reviews I wrote for this issue, on David Charlesworth’s drawer-making video (page 14), got me thinking about the level of precision for which I strive in my work on both furniture and house rehab projects – and how my definition of “acceptable” and the choices I...

‘Drawer Making and Fitting’ Video

by Megan Fitzpatrick pg. 14 Well-made and well-fit drawers are a calling card of the best furniture makers; David Charlesworth’s video “Drawer Making and Fitting” (Lie-Nielsen) can help you achieve such mastery in the high-end English Arts & Crafts tradition. What this means is drawer construction with excellent materials, perfect joint layout for the...

Lee Valley Small Double Square

by Megan Fitzpatrick pg. 14 A diemakers’ square with a narrow blade is an excellent tool for determining minute problems with your joinery, allowing you to get in between narrow dovetail pins, for example, to check for sloping walls. But a true diemakers’ square (on which the blade angle can be adjusted for patternmaking)...

Crowned CBN Grinding Wheel

by Megan Fitzpatrick pg. 16 We’ve been using Norton 3X Super Cool ceramic alumina oxide wheels on our dry grinders since we first reviewed them in 2006; they cut fast and don’t easily overheat a tool’s edge – that means you can get your heavy grinding done fairly quickly, because you don’t have to...