April 2010

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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...

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Flexner on Finishing: An Array of Lacquers

Many finishes are known by this one name. By Bob Flexner Pages: 54-56 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now In common speech and among those in the professional finishing trade, the term “lacquer” usually refers to nitrocellulose lacquer. But there are many other finishes that go by that name. When...

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Sunken Treasure

How to buy mahogany that 18th-century furniture masterpieces (and dreams) are made of. By Kari Hultman Pages: 50-53 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now Remember when Honduran mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) was the most fashionable wood used in fine furniture, had 40 to 60 growth rings per inch, and was readily...

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The William & Mary Style

This period ushered in a radical shift in furniture design and construction. By Charles Bender Pages: 46-49 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now If you ask most people what they know about period furniture, many will shrug and say something like, “Oh, you mean that Colonial-style furniture.” Most woodworkers tend...

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How Tables Work

Numerous shapes, forms and  functions share a common set of issues. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 40-44 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now A good furniture maker is part artist and part engineer. An overemphasis on either side of this equation leads to furniture that is ugly, impractical or both....

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Clark & Williams, Plane Makers

In an Arkansas basement, this somewhat unusual three-man company turns out extraordinary wooden handplanes. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 34-39 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now The married couple wanted a custom gazebo. So Larry Williams, a successful carpenter, fetched his camera and was getting ready to photograph gazebos around town...

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Shaker Cupboard: Rejuvenated

A White Water Shaker stepback is sprinkled with water from the fountain of youth. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 26-33 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now Shaker stepback cupboards aren’t abundant. In fact, there are only a few examples in the many published books on Shaker furniture. Unless you have...

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I Can Do That: Skansen Bench

Based on a Swedish antique, this bench uses through-tenons made with just a jigsaw. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 24-25 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now I’ve always liked things that are Swedish, impossibly overbuilt and yet somehow graceful. For example, my beloved Volvo 240DL, a certain foreign exchange student in...

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Design Matters: Making Sense of Forms

Train your eye to see the layers in a great design. By George R. Walker Pages: 20-21 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now Early 20th-century filmmakers used timelapse photography to dazzle audiences with never-before-seen images of flowers emerging and bursting into bloom. Critics with Victorian sensibilities objected that something so...