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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 31-35One 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 16The 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 36-40In 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 36-40One 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 peopleBy Christopher Schwarz Pages 14-19It’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...

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Mary May: Classical to the Core

A trip to Europe, a phone call and an undying love of carving led her to the creation of an online school.By Christopher Schwarz Pages 28-31Many traditional woodworkers daydream about serving a formal apprenticeship, working as a skilled and independent craftsperson and then passing on his or her hard-won knowledge to the next generation of...