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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...

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Arts & Mysteries: Rumplestiltskin is My Name

Unlock the secrets of your hand planes by first learning their real names. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 82-85 From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this issue now Ever-increasing numbers of woodworkers are using hand planes in their shops. Their demand for fine planes has given rise to boutique plane makers such as Clark...

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Arts & Mysteries: Advanced Chisel Techniques

When you know what you’re doing, chisels can be wonderfully helpful tools. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 82-86 From the June 2005 issue #148 Buy this issue now If all you want to do with your chisels is adjust machine-cut joints or slice glue drips, any technique or tool will work. This sort of work...

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Arts & Mysteries: The Striking Knife

Discover a nearly extinct tool that can help you work faster and more accurately. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 32-34 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now As preposterous as the notion seems, the historical record suggests cabinetmakers working in dim shops with hand tools were able to produce fine furniture with...

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Arts & Mysteries: Period Sharpening

An experiment uncovers cutting edges of the past. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 34-36 From the November 2006 issue #158 Buy this issue now “How did they sharpen their tools back then?” I’ve asked this question myself and I have been asked the question, and I’ve never felt comfortable with any answer. We know that...

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Arts & Mysteries: The Mystery of Saw Teeth

Pitch, rake, fleam and set all contribute to the performance of your tool. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 28-30 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now A recent review of dovetail saws in a competing magazine discussed the attributes of different saws as if their characteristics were mystically endowed by their manufacturers....

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Arts & Mysteries: The Mystery of Try Squares

Here’s a clue: Only two faces need be 90°. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 32-35 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now Furniture makers in the 18th century used shop-made wooden try squares. Though subject to wear and seasonal movement, these squares produced some of the world’s finest woodwork. We’ve learned time...

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Arts & Mysteries: The Charles Plumley Inventory

Documentary sources teach us about traditional woodworking. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 32-35 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now In my shop, tradition fills in where experience and education are lacking. So, I find it helpful to learn as much as I can about traditional woodworking. Studying 18th-century furniture is a...

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Arts & Mysteries: Making and Using Sawhorses

Start your woodworking education right. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 30-33 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now What’s the best sort of workbench to build? What hand tools should I buy first? How many coats of polyurethane are needed to stop a board from cupping? Arts & Mysteries readers e-mail me...