This simple seat is ideal for a hallway or porch. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 26-27 From The October 2011 issue #192 Buy the issue now This project is inspired by a period choir bench in my mom’s dining room – but I modernized the Gothic revival design of the original with sweeping curves on the … Read more
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Build a Shaker-inspired coffee table with through-drawers.
By Megan Fitzpatrick
Coffee tables didn’t exist as a furniture form until the 1920s (when they were known as cocktail tables). So while there is no true Shaker coffee table, I needed a table to put in front of my couch that would work well with the other Shaker-influenced furniture in my living room. And to my mind, that’s one of the best things about being a woodworker – the ability to design and make exactly what you want. So that’s what I did.
ARTICLE: Read “Four Good Ways to Make Drawers.”
ARTICLE: The article for the bookcase that goes with this table is available on our web site, free.
BLOG: Read about making these drawers.
MODEL: Click here for the SketchUp model of the Shaker-inspired Coffee Table.
TO BUY: The article on the matching Shaker stepback can be downloaded from our store.
IN OUR STORE: If you like the Shaker style, get “Pleasant Hill Shaker Furniture.” Read more
From the June 2011 issue #190
Our winning Trick of the Trade this month is Mary Nickol’s “Multi-use Bench Hook.” Mary wins a $250 gift certificate from Lee Valley Tools.
To have your Trick considered for publication (we buy all rights to published Tricks), submit it via e-mail to Popwoodtricks@fwmedia.com, or by mail to Tricks of the Trade, c/o Popular Woodworking Magazine, 4700 E Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236.
Click here for the SketchUp model of Mary Nickol’s Multi-purpose Bench Hook.
Our Tricks on Video this month is from Dan Urban – it’s a clever way to keep cords in control as you work:
Carabiner Cord Holder
When I am using a corded tool such as a sander, drill or router, the cord gets in the way or catches on something. My solution is to attach a large carabiner to my belt or belt loop. I run the power cord through the carabiner, which puts it where I want it – out of the way. If I’m moving around a lot and need even more control, I attach a second carabiner to the belt loop behind me and run the cord through it as well. Carabiners can be found at your local hardware store.
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Pocket holes make a seemingly complicated project simple. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 40-41 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now These classic shelves are easy to build thanks to the pocket-hole joints that attach the shelves to the sides. While pocket holes aren’t a traditional joint, they allow you to build pieces … Read more
Kelly Mehler’s school refuses to sacrifice proper guarding when teaching proper woodworking. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 84-87 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now Woodworking teacher Kelly Mehler got his start in the schooling business in an unusual way. His first teaching job was to instruct patients at a rehabilitation center in … Read more
Pocket screws serve as clamps for panel glue-up. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 36-37 From the November 2007 issue #165 Buy this issue now Inspired by a typical Shaker step stool, this version employs pocket screws to join both the side panels and the supports. To cut down on the number of rip cuts, I used … Read more
Adapted from a 19th-century example, this wall-hung shelf is perfect for displaying your treasures. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 30-31 From the August 2007 issue #163 Buy this issue now? Adapted from an 1840s piece, this canted wall box is scaled up from the one you’ll find in John A. & Joyce C. Nelson’s “The Big … Read more