Out of the Woodwork

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Out of the Woodwork: Name Brand Tools

Whether you know it or not, you often reach for eponyms in the woodshop. By Philip Leon Page: 104 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now Distinctive furniture styles such as Hepplewhite, Sheraton, Phyfe and Chippendale are named for their creators. The fancy word for a person whose name becomes synonymous...

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Out of the Woodwork: Grumpy Old Men

When properly trained, curmudgeons have many uses. By Peter Sieling Page: 96 From the November 2006 issue #158 Buy this issue now It’s easier to care for exotic pets than grumpy old men. You try to keep them in a safe, climate-controlled environment, but given a chance they’ll stray into the woods with a...

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Out of the Woodwork: Sawdust in the Soup

Get your daily fiber requirements with just one crosscut. By Kate McDonald Page: 96 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now The ad read: “3 bdrms, 1-1/2 baths, needs TLC.” More than a fixer-upper, this house was a down-and-outer of the first degree. My mom, my son and I needed something...

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Out of the Woodwork: Common Ground

My dad was a cabinetmaker for most of his working life. Unfortunately, he plied this trade in a small, working-class town in Northwestern Ohio, a town with more farmers than investment bankers, with more machinists than venture capitalists. So there weren’t many local residents with the financial resources to hire my dad to build...

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Out of the Woodwork: Woodworking Can be a Blast

Black powder fits the bill to split large urban logs. By Sam Sherrill Page: 96 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now For the past decade, I have been getting all the lumber I need for my projects from downed urban trees in my area that would have otherwise been dumped...

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Out of the Woodwork: The Changing Laws of Physics

Here’s hoping they’re cyclical. By Peter Sieling Page: 96 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now When my son complained how high school physics was dull and difficult, I reminded him how important it is. “I use physics every day in the shop.” “Like how?” grunted Gary from the recliner. “Well,...

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Out of the Woodwork: Small Shop, Big Lessons

Many woodworkers dream of ‘going pro.’ Before you take the leap, read this. By Jim Tolpin Page: 104 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now It’s now been more than three decades since I began to work wood for a living. In the beginning, I operated alone out of a one-car...

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Out of the Woodwork: The Boys in the Guild

No doubt, you’ll fit right in. By Jeff Skiver Page: 96 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now A woodworking club offers countless rewards to the aspiring craftsman. It provides a platform for displaying your work. It offers the chance to learn new techniques. It affords you the opportunity to find...

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Out of the Woodwork: Project no. 3 – er, no. 4

Your early projects don’t have to end up as firewood. By Chris Hedges Page: 100 From the November 2007 issue #165 Buy this issue now When people see the Philadelphia-style secretary I built, they inevitably want to know how long I have been making furniture and how many pieces I have completed. The simple...