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Mid-century Coffee Table

Top this sleek design with patterned veneer – it’s much easier than it looks. by Mario Rodriguez pages 33-37 All over the country, mid-century designs, with their sleek surfaces and clean lines, are turning up in high-style interiors. Here’s a simple table that’s perfect for any modern interior setting. It employs loose-tenon joinery and...

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Take a U-turn to Scoop a Chair Seat

A table saw and a simple jig make a time-consuming task quick and easy. By Mario Rodriguez Pages 36-39 Woodworkers use all sorts of techniques to scoop out their chair seats. Many commonly resort to hacking out the waste with traditional tools such as an adze, travisher and scorp. Others design and assemble elaborate jigs to precisely...

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City Sideboard

Contemporary details and materials update this classic form. By Mario Rodriguez Pages 20-27 Apartments in the Philadelphia area where I live are in demand and rents are high. The same is true for urban areas all over the country. So for someone who insists on living in town, one solution is to “go small.” The city sideboard...

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Old School Veneering

Traditional methods with a veneer hammer and hot hide glue. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 64-69 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now Veneering has been practiced for thousands of years. It’s a way to take some of the world’s most spectacular but unstable woods, cut them to paper-thinness and glue them...

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Build a Wooden Jack Plane

Making your own tool helps you understand how and why it works, and what to do if it doesn’t. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 60-65 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now Making a plane is a unique woodworking experience that shouldn’t be missed. It’s a way to develop a deep knowledge...

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Folding Campaign Table

Reproducing knock-down furniture from two centuries ago. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 46-50 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now When on campaign, during the l8th and l9th centuries, British military officers frequently traveled with portable furniture pieces. These durable and compact pieces were characterized by their simple design and various ingenious...

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Seamless Curved Panel Glue-ups

Work with the grain when gluing panels, even when the grain throws you a curve. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 66-69 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now When I look at a piece of furniture, aside from its design and craftsmanship, I examine how the wood was used. How was it...

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Providence Writing Desk

Gentle curves and elegant details provide a place to get work done in style. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 44-49 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now A friend of mine recently moved into a small apartment in Providence and needed a place from which she could pay bills, do paperwork and...

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The Art of Making Dovetailed Drawers

Fine furniture calls for an elegant drawer. A master cabinetmaker shares his approach to design and fitting. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 50-54 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now There are just a few things my partner at Philadelphia Furniture Workshops, Alan Turner, and I don’t see eye-to-eye on. But how...