November 2016 #228

November 2016 The November issue features a contemporary dresser built using a plunge router, Festool Dominos and a few hand tools. Easy to construct, easy on the eye and a cinch to move: This campaign-style piece is designed to come apart for easy transport wherever life takes you – whether that be the depths of a tropical jungle or the college dorm.

In “Art of Concealment,” sneaky maker Matthew Dworman shows you how to build a Shaker-inspired side table with a few well-hidden secrets: Clandestine compartments keep valuables safely tucked away from curious eyes.

If you’ve ever wanted to make cabriole legs without the modern conveniences of electricity and motorized blade movement, we’ve got you covered with period furniture maker Zachary Dillinger’s “Cabriole Legs by Hand.”

Meet Brendan Burnhardt Gaffney, a Maine-based maker who specializes in musical instruments, handmade tools and ancient rules, such as the Japanese kanejaku and Egyptian cubit and span. Gaffney also makes a specialty line of Dancing Master calipers, which he calls pin-ups for early craftspeople.

And check out what you and fellow readers have been working on this year in our fourth annual Excellence Awards, including an “all-around” winner that quickly caught our judges’ eyes.

Build a stylish little console table using a set of common tools in “I Can Do That.”

This issue’s “Tool Test” takes Bosch’s much-anticipated REAXX safety table saw for a spin and shows you the new Walke Moore Tools Router Plane. Learn how to make addictive little shrink pots with Peter Follansbee; study up on the history of furniture brasses in “Hardware”; consider proportions, the designer’s workhorse, with George R. Walker; puzzle over polymerized oil in “Flexner on Finishing”; and read Christopher Schwarz’s dangerous admission that he owns – and likes! – power tools.

Danish Modern Campaign Chest

Built to move (and to last), this piece blends classic proportions and clean lines. by Christopher Schwarz pags. 24-31 When the British Empire began taking over the world in the 18th century, one vexing problem at its tropical holdings was the monsoon season. When it hit, applied carvings and ornaments fell off the furniture,...

Art of Concealment

This table hides your laptop, jewelry and other small valuables in plain sight. by Matthew Dworman pgs. 32-39 Hidden compartments – just saying those words puts a smile on the face of most woodworkers. There is something magical about a secret space that reveals itself to only the person who knows about it. Since...

Cabriole Legs by Hand

You don’t need a band saw to shape these classic furniture gams. by Zachary Dillinger pgs. 40-44 Readers of this magazine are no doubt familiar with the cabriole leg. One of the hallmarks of the Queen Anne and Chippendale styles of furniture, the cabriole is a complex curved surface that can be a daunting...

From Redwoods to Red Brick

Brendan Bernhardt Gaffney: Ruler of Ancient Rules by Cathrine O. Frank pgs. 45-47 At burnHeart, in a converted textile mill on the banks of Maine’s Saco River, Brendan Bernhardt Gaffney rifles through a box of stainless steel “lady legs” (a.k.a. “Dancing Master” calipers) that were laser cut in a shop up the road. Overhead,...

Woodworking Excellence

by Megan Fitzpatrick pgs. 48-54 With so many excellent entries in the 2016 PWM Excellence Awards, selecting the Editors’ Choice winners and Grand-prize winner was incredibly difficult. All the editors and contributors have different aesthetic tastes, and the excellent craftsmanship displayed in the top vote getters didn’t help settle the discussions. In several cases...

Secret Compartments

by Megan Fitzpatrick pg. 6 When I was a kid, my mom dragged me to antique malls and furniture auctions on what felt at the time like a daily basis (it was probably four times per year). I would entertain myself on these seemingly interminable occasions by searching the case pieces for hidden drawers...

Bosch Reaxx Jobsite Saw

New safety mechanism leaves your sawblades and hands unscathed. by Peter Marcucci pg. 14 As a retired safety professional turned woodworker, I want a saw with flesh-sensing technology, but I don’t have room for a cabinet saw. In 2015 SawStop introduced its jobsite saw. Shortly after, Bosch introduced the REAXX jobsite saw. I bought...

Walke Moore Tools Router Plane

Based on the Preston 2500P, this bronze tool will last longer than a lifetime. by James McConnell pg. 16 Router planes are the Swiss Army knives of joinery, cleaning out dados, leveling lap joints and trimming tenons with speed and surgical precision. The new Walke Moore Tools 2500 excels at all of the things...

Designer’s Workhorse

Proportions do all the heavy lifting – a bit of drawing can develop your eye. by George Walker pgs. 18-19 There is a saying among artists: Values (light and shadow) do all the work in a painting, while colors have all the fun. Though cobalt blue and crimson red may dazzle, light and shadows...