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veritassteel

Veritas’s New Top-secret Steel

Canadian company creates a steel combining the best of the old and new. By Christoper Schwarz Page 14 I’ve long been suspicious of the so-called “super steels” that promise long edge life between sharpenings. That has always meant that you have to spend a long time sharpening the tool on your stones or –...

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The Roorkhee Chair

Ten sticks of wood and basic skills are all you need to make this ultra-comfortable (and portable) seat.By Christopher Schwarz Pages 44-49Furniture historians tend to paint the Arts & Crafts movement as a turning point for modern furniture design – where style turned its back on the ornate excesses of the Victorians to embrace the...

Campaign Furniture

Campaign Furniture

Simple, rugged, masculine and awesome – this sometimes-forgotten style of furniture is great for beginning and advanced woodworkers.By Christopher Schwarz Pages 24-30Campaign-style furniture is as sturdy and simple as Shaker. It is as masculine as Arts & Crafts. And it is free of adornment, like Bauhaus pieces. Yet many woodworkers are unaware of this furniture...

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Tool Test: Lie-Nielsen Closed-throat Routers

This joinery-tweaking plane belongs in every woodworker’s tool kit. by Christopher Schwarz Page 14 Even when I am in full-blown power, power, power mode in the workshop, there are two handplanes I turn to all the time: a block plane and a router plane. Most woodworkers own a block plane, but only a fraction...

rabbetplowJun12

Rabbets & Plows

Don’t be intimidated by these essential joinery planes – a few tricks make them easy to use.by Christopher Schwarz Pages 34-39Many woodworkers think planes that cut joinery are difficult to use, slow-cutting and complex to set up. Quite the opposite is true. If you can sharpen a block plane, you already have mastered the skill...

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Charleston Table

A versatile and durable form from the early South.by Christopher Schwarz Pages 38-43From the April 2012 issue, #196Early tables such as this one were hardworking. Finished on all sides, they could be placed anywhere in a room in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. They could be used for writing, getting dressed or...

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Great Woodshops: Tossing Out Tradition

Konrad Sauer improves a 150-year-old handplane design. by Christopher Schwarz pages 50-54 From the April 2012 Issue, #196 Let’s say you were good at building Chippendale highboys. Really good. Phil-Lowe-kind-of-good at it. Customers came to you regularly and you had plenty of work to keep you busy. Then why – oh why – would...