Article Index Robert W. Lang

Woodworking Essentials: The Mighty Compass

A swing of an arc is the solution to many layout and construction problems. By Robert W. Lang Pages 54-55 Buy This Issue Now If you think a compass is only for drawing circles, think again. This simple and inexpensive device can divide almost anything into precise and equal sections, construct complex polygons and find the precise...

Voysey Mantel Clock

Build this sleek, contemporary-looking design from 1895. By Robert W. Lang Pages 22-29 Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857-1941) was one of the eminent architects and designers of the British Arts & Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Voysey designed complete environments, including textile and wallpaper patterns. His work influenced American designers such as...

Woodworking Essentials: Hand-stitched Rasps

Learn how to choose and use these essential shaping tools. By Robert W. Lang Pages 50-54 Rasps are simple tools, yet incredibly versatile. With a good rasp, you can remove band saw marks from a curved surface, shape a cabriole leg, round over an edge, tweak a tenon and modify a mortise. Powered by hand, they are...

Bosch Trim Router Plunge Base Tool Test

By Robert W. Lang Page 14 In 2005, Bosch introduced a new laminate trimmer that eventually became know as the Colt. Powerful and user-friendly, it quickly became a favorite in our shop and in shops across the country. At the time, I suggested to Bosch that they needed to make a plunge base for...

Woodworking Essentials: Measure, Mark & Lay Out

Double-check your tools, your technique and your thinking. By Robert W. Lang Pages 58-60 One of the most important skills in woodworking is rarely discussed or considered as a thing that needs to be learned or practiced. The basic skills of measuring and its close cousin, layout, are essential to produce quality work. As a bonus, mastery...

Bosch 23-gauge Pin Nailer Tool Test

By Robert W. Lang Page 18 Whenever I use a 23-gauge pneumatic pin nailer, I feel like I’m cheating. It is a fast, easy and reliable way to attach moulding or other parts without much need to disguise the evidence. The slim fasteners leave tiny holes behind that are nearly invisible. This new gun...

End Grain: Past Imperfect

If anyone ever sees that, they’re looking too closely. By Robert W. Lang Page 64 I spend a lot of time looking at antique furniture, often from below. My interest is pieces made about 100 years ago, from the Arts & Crafts period of the early 20th century. I share a passion with those who collect these...

Dale Barnard: Handing Down Tradition

A journey from carpenter to furniture maker to teacher. By Robert W. Lang Pages 32-37 Dale Barnard got an early start in woodworking and he paid his dues the old-fashioned way. As a teenager, Dale worked for his father and learned on the job. Apprentices in trim carpentry literally start at the bottom, running baseboard. He had...