Article Index Roy Underhill

Roy Underhill’s Double Spring Pole Lathe

Can a portable, foot-powered lathe make a believer out of you? by Roy Underhill pages 22-29 Wood turning on a spring pole lathe is all about reciprocation, all about back and forth. For example: Q: “Don’t you get tired of standing on one leg?” A: “Sure, but if you try to work the treadle...

Mechanical Marvels or Steampunk Sporks?

Stanley No. 45 and No. 55 combination planes are put to the test. by Roy Underhill pages 35-39 It took 2,000 years of fine-tuning for woodworking planes to reach their peak of subtle perfection – each plane elegantly adapted to its niche in the grain. Then, in a coal-fired flash, they were gone, struck down in top-hat...

It’s a Mystery

This puzzle mallet is seemingly made by magic. by Roy Underhill pages 44-49 From the April 2012 Issue, #196 It can’t come apart, but, problem is, it can’t go together! Legend has it that Abraham Lincoln invented this mysterious mallet. The trouble with ordinary mallets, in his time as now, was that they kept “flying off the handle.”...

Return of the Passer Drill

A welcome ‘voice’ from the past. By Roy Underhill Pages: 54-55 From the February 2012 issue #195 Buy the issue now. Satellites beep around the globe, kids scream about the band from Liverpool, and after 41 years you’re about to hang it up. Before you do, there’s one more length of rosewood on your bench, one more steel...

The ‘Impossitails’ Zone

Amaze your friends with quadrilateral and rising dovetails. By Roy Underhill Pages: 38-39 From the November 2011 issue #193 Buy this issue now An ordinary day in the shop, but suddenly, you’re dovetailing through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. You’re on a journey into a woodworking...

Roubo’s Folding Bookstand

A woodwright translates (and channels) the 18th-century French Master. By Roy Underhill Page: 34-37 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now Translating André Roubo’s instructions from the 18th-century French is a delight, for he speaks to you as if he’s just stopped by your bench. The level of detail assures you that this is something...

A Joiner’s Tool Chest

Not too big, not too small. This chest is a handy size for a basic set of tools. By Roy Underhill Pages: 32-39 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now It’s the modern joiner’s dilemma. An old house over in the next county has missing mouldings on the mantel, a kicked-in...

End Grain: ‘Put Yer Ass Into It’

A boring task turns into a history lesson. By Roy Underhill Page: 64 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now One day in Williamsburg, a message reached me at the carpenter’s yard that the cabinet shop was shorthanded and needed help. I figured it was some high-end task like dovetailing a...