This strong and simple – but uncommon – joint imparts a decorative touch.
by Christopher Schwarz
After 20 years of making furniture, it’s not every day that you stumble on a joint you’ve never seen before. But that’s exactly what happened several years ago when I encountered a floor chest from the West Indies in...
A new approach to a traditional design element.
by Jeff Miller
Early on in my career, I built a number of tables with different types of cabriole legs. These ranged from period-inspired pieces to designs a little farther afield. But as I began creating my own designs, I wasn’t entirely satisfied with what cabriole legs...
Store handles, hinges and fasteners in this handsome dust-free organizer.
by Glen D. Huey
While exploring in an antique store, I found a small, two-level lidded box that would be ideal to store the loads of extra hardware I have stowed in plastic bags. No longer would I need to search endlessly for brads, bails...
This kitchen workhorse presents a surprising and rewarding challenge.
by Peter Follansbee
A wooden spoon – you can get one for a dollar in many places. It’s just a stick with a hollow shaped at one end. Why go to any bother over such a thing? Use them to stir sauces, dole out rice and...
Design and build a Wharton Esherick-inspired stool.
by Chuck Bender
Looking at Wharton Esherick’s furniture, it’s easy to see how he brought nature into his designs. I’m not talking about how he simply carved abstract turkey buzzards on the front of an Arts & Crafts-style desk, but how, once he began to view furniture as...
Period tools provide an opportunity for study – and for rehandling.
by Willard Anderson with Peter Ross
Mortise chisels get a lot of heavy use – and sometimes abuse. Over the years, I’ve collected a number of chisels without handles and with seriously damaged handles. These chisels are so well designed for their job, but...
pages 14-15 A bench hook is an indispensable workholding device for crosscutting. The traditional bench hook is made of a base, a stop or rest and a cleat. It is usually used against the apron or front edge of a workbench, or clamped in the vise. To crosscut a long piece, I used to...
by Robert Lang
A good quality machine-cut rasp or two should be in every serious woodworker’s tool box. Rasps come into play when a small amount of material needs to be removed, either on a flat or curved surface. It wasn’t that long ago that you could walk into your local hardware store and...
by Christopher Schwarz
For some woodworkers, building your own mallet is a rite of passage. After using dozens of student-made mallets, however, I wonder if many of us would be better off with a well-balanced, professionally made mallet. If you are a person who wants to buy a thing once and be done with...