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6-Board Chest

Use two planks, two days and two piles of nails to make this age-old form. by Christopher Schwarz pages 39-43 Buy this issue now Six-board chests have been an enduring form of furniture in Western cultures for hundreds of years. And while they differ in their details during different ages, the basic form and the way it...

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A 17th-century Joiner’s Life

Peter Follansbee has devoted his career to furniture from early American. by Christopher Schwarz pages 52-55 Buy this issue now Peter Follansbee, the joiner at Plimoth Plantation, gets peppered with questions from museum visitors all day long as he builds 17th-century boxes, stools, chests and chairs at the re-created colony of the early English settlement in Plymouth,...

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Dutch Tool Chest

This traditional traveling chest is faster and easier to build than a floor chest. By Christopher Schwarz Pages 42-47 Buy This Issue Now Not everyone has the time, materials or skills to build a full-scale traditional floor chest, which can have as many as 100 dovetails and banks of precisely fit sliding trays. And while I’m a fan...

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The Milkman’s Workbench

This full-featured benchtop allows you to do serious woodworking – and it clamps to any solid surface. By Christopher Schwarz Pages 31-35 One of the best things about working with hand tools is you don’t need much shop space – often a corner of a bedroom provides enough space. And a complete tool kit fits in a...

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Monster Jointer Plane from Scott Meek Woodworks

By Christopher Schwarz Page 16 The longer your jointer plane, the straighter the work that flows beneath it. Because of that maxim of handwork, some Old World planes for making furniture were lengthy – 36" isn’t unusual. Most modern jointers top out at 24" long, so picking up the new 36" jointer from Scott Meek Woodworks is...

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A Workholding Renaissance

After years of decline, the industry that makes vises and holdfasts for woodworkers has come roaring back. By Christopher Schwarz Pages 36-40 In my first book, “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use” (Popular Woodworking Books), I urged fellow woodworkers to “fight progress” and “invent nothing” when it came to designing their workbenches. Boy, am I...

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Tool Test: Blue Spruce Firmer Chisels

These traditional tools are a throwback for a thoroughly modern maker. By Christopher Schwarz Page 14 Perhaps the last tools I ever expected to come out of the Blue Spruce Toolworks are the most traditional set of modern bench chisels I have ever used. After all, Dave Jeske of Blue Spruce has spent all...

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Moravian Stool

This traditional, lightweight stool is an excellent first step toward chairmaking. By Christopher Schwarz Pages 36-40 One highlight of a visit to historic Old Salem in North Carolina is the beautiful Moravian furniture and woodwork in the village’s buildings. My favorite piece in the town is a small stool that shows up in many of the buildings....

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Roy Underhill: Still an Agent of Subversion

More than 30 years on TV hasn't softened his approach to the craft, tools or people By Christopher Schwarz Pages 14-19 It’s a typical day at The Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, N.C. Sunlight floods the storefront room through two enormous plate-glass windows. Six students carve ball-and-claw feet at their German workbenches while 1930s-era music tinkles through the...