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Circular Cutting Board

by Robert W. Lang A well-equipped kitchen deserves to have a nice maple cutting board, especially if the kitchen is in a woodworking household. The cutting board may be an animal-shaped survivor from 8th grade shop class, or a more sophisticated design. For many woodworkers it is an introduction to working with shapes that...

Organizing a shop and machines

What’s Important in Organizing a Shop?

I’ve worked in a 2,000 square-foot professional shop and I now work in a one-car garage shop, and the one thing that’s universal for all shops is that you’ve got to be able to find stuff. Whether it’s the marking gauge that was on the bench just yesterday, or that ogee router bit that...

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12 Rules for Tool Chests

Christopher Schwarz has produced some terrific blog posts recently on the topic of hand tool storage. For those of you who read those posts and decide to build a traditional tool chest, the following excerpt from the Chris Schwarz archives may be very helpful. It provides some additional depth on each of the key...

Back to the future. This vise might not have originally been intended for cutting dovetails, but boy is it great for it. It raises your work, then stows away when you don’t need it.

Moxon’s Ingenious Bench Vise

17th-century design saves your 21st-century back. by Christopher Schwarz pages 64, 66 If you cut dovetails by hand, then I’m sure you’re aware of the other part of your anatomy that is involved: your back. Bending over rows of tails and pins all day is murder when you try to stand up straight. Several...

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Handle with Care

Make your own door and drawer pulls for a custom finishing touch on your work. by Gary Rogowski from the February 2012 issue, #195 pages 36-39 It’s the grip that counts. A limp handshake is as bad as a poorly designed handle. OK – that’s a stretch. But there is something to a well-designed...

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3 Jigs for Handplaning

For many contemporary woodworkers the plane’s position as the iconic tool of woodworking has long since been replaced by the table saw, but for the traditional woodworker it remains our most important and most varied tool. One special advantage – apart from the pleasure and safety in using a plane rather than a machine...

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‘Roubo’ Kitchen Island

I’ve finally decided on a design for a kitchen island that will hold a mid-sized microwave and cookbooks, and serve as a table with room for stool storage underneath. The design parameters are quite rigid due to window, door and vent locations…plus the dimensions of microwaves of useful size. (If you wish to read...

A late 15th-century aumbry in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Meet the Aumbry (You Know its Grandkids)

  When it comes to understanding the history of furniture, I think John Gloag put it best when he wrote: “Nearly all articles of free-standing furniture are variations on two basic shapes: a platform or a box.” (“A Social History of Furniture Design: From B.C. 1300 to A.D. 1960” pp. 3-4, Crown) Platforms include:...

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Four-hour Pot Rack

The headline is a bit misleading – this really took me only about two hours to build, start to finish, including a break to empty the dust collector. But I’m counting the one-and-a-half hours in between when I dropped off the metal bits to be cut to length and when they were ready to...