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‘Modern’ Gateleg Table

A contemporary-looking design that’s really from the 18th century. by Christopher Schwarz pages 28-33 If you’ve ever been dragged to Ikea by your spouse (few woodworkers go willingly – except to eat meatballs), you’ve probably seen a table similar to this gateleg one. It’s been a staple of the contemporary furniture company’s line-up for...

Table Saw MegaSled

Make accurate and safe crosscuts with ease – and set the stage for clever accessories. by James Hamilton pages 35-40 Most power-tool woodworkers have at least one table saw sled. And while a sled can make your work safer and more accurate, a well-thought-out sled can also do much more. Sometimes I call this...

Roubo’s Parquetry Jigs

The 18th-century jigs of this French master belong in the contemporary shop. by Donald C. Williams pages 41-47 I’ve often heard that confession is good for the soul, so let me begin with one here. Especially in my early years of “serious” woodworking, as I attended scores of woodworking club meetings, the “show and...

Young Makers’ Bookshelves

Some newer names in woodworking share the books that inspire them. by Rodney Wilson pages 48-54 I’m bookish. I’ve always been bookish. As a child I begged for stories until I could work through books on my own. I spent much of my childhood with Judy Blume titles, then grew to major in English,...

Mackintosh Tea Table

Art Nouveau meets Arts & Crafts in this oval-topped piece. by Michael Crow pages 55-60 Although he died in poverty, the Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s furniture now sells for tens of thousands of dollars at auction. Part of the appeal of his work comes from the sheer variety of his designs, which range...

Corradi Rasps Leave a Surprisingly Fine Surface

by James McConnell page 46 Conventional wisdom says that hand-stitched rasps leave a cleaner, more refined surface than machine-made rasps, but the “Model Maker’s Rasps” and the “Gold Precision Rasps” from Corradi are anything but conventional. Corradi manufactures a dizzying array of rasps and files. I chose to test two that I think are a good...

The Almost-Forgotten Fore Plane

Learn to set up and wield one of the most useful (and inexpensive) handplanes. by Christopher Schwarz pages 23-27 Kevin Drake, a furniture maker who trained under James Krenov, stood before his wonky-topped workbench one day many years ago and hesitated. His urge was to start flattening the benchtop by planing across the grain...

Paper Cord Weaving

Simple Danish ‘planflet’ weaving produces eyecatching results. by Caleb James pages 28-37 Danish paper cord is three-ply, twisted paper, a strong material that Hans Wegner used on his now-classic CH25 lounge chair – a piece that inspired my chair. In the last issue (June 2017, #232), I showed you how to make the frame...

Greene & Greene Pantry Shelf

Cloudlifts and ebony accents add spice to utilitarian storage. by Norman Reid & Jeffrey Fleisher pages 38-42 This project began, as many do, with a need. Norm’s overflowing pantry shelves needed relief. So we set out to build a shelf that could hang on his kitchen wall to store cans and boxes for ready...