October 2017 #234

The cover story for our October issue is Christopher Schwarz’s Gateleg Table – it might look like something out of a contemporary furniture store, but the form has been around since at least the 18th century; his version features a painted poplar base and a stunning wide-board walnut top and leaves. James Hamilton shares step-by-step instruction for his MegaSled – a crosscut table saw sled that handles almost any typical task, plus – with the addition of a handful of clever accessories (coming in the November 2017 issue), it does just about everything except vacuum the shop. Learn all about André Jacob-Roubo’s Parquetry Jigs in an article from Don Williams, and how these period hand-tool appliances can help you create top-notch parquetry in your shop. Build a Charles Rennie Mackintosh tea table that bridges Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau with the help of Michael Crow. And, find out what woodworking books have inspired 10 of today’s up-and-coming craftspeople.

Plus, we take a look at Oneida’s Dust-Free Router hood, Kreg’s Accu-Cut circular saw attachment and Corradi Rasps in Tool Test; in Letters, our editor shows you how she sharpens smooth plane irons with a slight camber using only stones; George Walker shares how small design changes make a big impact in furniture design in his Design Matter column; in Arts & Mysteries, Peter Follansbee writes about the tools you need for spoon carving; Bob Flexner shares 10 fixes for common finishing problems in Flexner on Finishing; and in End Grain, Jonas Jensen shares how to be an excellent builder…in your imagination.

‘Modern’ Gateleg Table

A contemporary-looking design that’s really from the 18th century. by Christopher Schwarz pages 28-33 If you’ve ever been dragged to Ikea by your spouse (few woodworkers go willingly – except to eat meatballs), you’ve probably seen a table similar to this gateleg one. It’s been a staple of the contemporary furniture company’s line-up for...

Table Saw MegaSled

Make accurate and safe crosscuts with ease – and set the stage for clever accessories. by James Hamilton pages 35-40 Most power-tool woodworkers have at least one table saw sled. And while a sled can make your work safer and more accurate, a well-thought-out sled can also do much more. Sometimes I call this...

Roubo’s Parquetry Jigs

The 18th-century jigs of this French master belong in the contemporary shop. by Donald C. Williams pages 41-47 I’ve often heard that confession is good for the soul, so let me begin with one here. Especially in my early years of “serious” woodworking, as I attended scores of woodworking club meetings, the “show and...

Young Makers’ Bookshelves

Some newer names in woodworking share the books that inspire them. by Rodney Wilson pages 48-54 I’m bookish. I’ve always been bookish. As a child I begged for stories until I could work through books on my own. I spent much of my childhood with Judy Blume titles, then grew to major in English,...

Mackintosh Tea Table

Art Nouveau meets Arts & Crafts in this oval-topped piece. by Michael Crow pages 55-60 Although he died in poverty, the Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s furniture now sells for tens of thousands of dollars at auction. Part of the appeal of his work comes from the sheer variety of his designs, which range...

Oneida Dust-Free Router Hood

This respiration-protection attachment lives up to the claim of its name. by Megan Fitzpatrick page 14 While I appreciate the versatility and power of a handheld router, I often turn to other tools for its typical tasks, in large part because of the dust and noise a router creates. While it doesn’t mitigate the...

Kreg Accu-Cut Turns any Circ Saw into a Track Saw

by David Lyell page 16 In my shop, the track saw doubles as a second table saw – and if you’d like a low-priced alternative to a track saw, consider Kreg’s newest offering: the Accu-Cut Circular Saw Guide System. This jig uses set screws to attach a sled to the top of just about...

Corradi Rasps Leave a Surprisingly Fine Surface

by James McConnell page 46 Conventional wisdom says that hand-stitched rasps leave a cleaner, more refined surface than machine-made rasps, but the “Model Maker’s Rasps” and the “Gold Precision Rasps” from Corradi are anything but conventional. Corradi manufactures a dizzying array of rasps and files. I chose to test two that I think are a good...

Fine-Tuning Furniture Designs

Minor adjustments typically beat a hatchet job.  by George Walker pages 18-20 I knew a guy who didn’t shave or cut his hair for 12 months at a time. On day 365 he looked like the wild man from Borneo. On day 366 (or day 1 of the next cycle), he would show up...