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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...

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Rabbets & Plows

Don’t be intimidated by these essential joinery planes – a few tricks make them easy to use. by Christopher Schwarz Pages 34-39 Many 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 38-43 From the April 2012 issue, #196 Early 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...

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Great Woodshops: Designs of Note

A former musician brings an improvisational skill to the craft. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 58-59 From the February 2012 issue #195 Buy the issue now. Somewhere between street musician and the symphony orchestra, between an 18th-century hand woodworker and a contemporary designer, is Jeff Miller, a Chicago furniture maker, teacher and author who defi es every pigeonhole. In...

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12 Rules for Tool Chests

Don’t reinvent the wheel when storing your tools. A proper chest is still the best. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 26-31 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy this issue now When I tell people that I’ve worked out of a traditional tool chest for 15 years, they look at me as if I’m someone who has not yet...

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Tool Test: Veritas Bevel-up Smoothing Plane

A Jewel of a Tool. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 16 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue now I have never understood the modern fascination with enormous smoothing planes. We prefer big smoothers with lots of mass, long soles and wide blades. Our ancestors preferred small smoothing planes that were shorter (as small as 7") and...

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A Bright Idea

This light bulb-shaped lamp requires a little plywood (plus a little geometry) to make it look just brilliant. By Christopher Schwarz Pages:46-47 For me, one of the most perfect shapes ever designed is the general-purpose incandescent light bulb. While some people use the word “mushroom” to describe its profile, I’ve never seen a fungus with such sinuous...

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Monticello’s Stacking Bookcases

Thomas Jefferson’s book boxes became the foundation of the Library of Congress. By Christopher Schwarz Pages 24-29 From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue now I like to think of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library as America’s first “bookmobile.” When the British burned down the nation’s capitol in 1814, the inferno took with it many of the books...