Article Index Michael Dunbar

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Planecraft, Part I: Scrub, Jack & Smooth Planes

Basic strokes to get you planing like a pro in no time. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 62-67 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Bench planes are the most versatile of woodworking tools. In “Handplanes for Beginners” in the June 2007 issue (#162), I explained bench-plane basics. In the first part...

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Shooting Boards

Small work is safer – and easier – to size with a handplane and shooting board. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 62-65 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now I have been a woodworker for 38 years and I still have all my fingers on both hands. My fingers all run out...

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Milk Paint

This traditional paint looks great on any project – and it’s simple to use. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 44-48 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Woodworkers have been painting their furniture for thousands of years. During that time, they have used many different types of paints. In fact, in historic...

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Aging Your Projects Gracefully

Part 1: Adding wear and tear to a piece is like writing a convincing tale of fiction. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 50-53From the November 2010 issue # 186 Buy this issue nowIt’s your day off. So, you go into your shop to make a new piece of furniture. How do you want it to look...

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Understand & Use a Bowsaw

These traditional tools are woefully misunderstood by modern craftsmen. Here’s a primer. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 34-37From the October 2010 issue # 185 Buy this issue nowIn the 1970s when I was the young, innocent and naive chairmaker at Strawbery Banke, a museum in Portsmouth, N.H., 50,000 tourists passed through my shop each summer. It...