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Arts & Mysteries: ‘Boarded’ Furniture

London’s clever carpenters found a way around the laws. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 22-24 From the February 2012 issue #195 Buy the issue now. “Boarded” is an archaic English term that was used to describe a form of woodwork characterized by the use of fasteners as the principle means of attachment. The iconic six-board chest is probably the...

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Arts & Mysteries: Whetstone Sharpening

Part 1: No flat back. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 24-25 From the October 2011 issue #192 Buy this issue now I’ve tried most sharpening systems. I started with sandpaper and glass because it was cost-effective. It’s still tough to beat. You don’t have to worry about maintenance. If the paper rips or clogs, you throw it...

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Arts & Mysteries: Separated at Birth?

Western and Eastern tools might not be as different as you think. By Bob Rozaieski & Wilbur Pan Pages: 22-24 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now At first glance, Japanese woodworking tools and techniques seem like the platypus of the woodworking world. Beginning in the Edo period in the early 1600s, Japan isolated itself...

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Arts & Mysteries: The Lost Arts & Mysteries

Revealing centuries-old secrets to working quickly and efficiently. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 32-36 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now Arts & Mysteries is a phrase that oft appears in the contracts or indentures between master craftsmen and their apprentices. Exact usage varies, but the context is usually something like “…...

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Arts & Mysteries: The Plane My Brother Is

How (and why) you should use the broad hatchet in the modern shop. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 40-42 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Estate inventories of cabinetmakers’ shops often include hatchets. Likewise, most of the admittedly few images of period shops depict hatchets prominently. It could well be that...

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Arts & Mysteries: The Secrets to Sawing Fast

The traditional hand saw (when wielded correctly) can size all your stock. Here’s a basic primer. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 42-45 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Hand saws were used to make some of the finest furniture ever built. They are very clearly capable of producing accurate cuts. Hand...