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Folding Bookcase

Though not as lightweight as an eReader, this portable library is far more stylish. by Christopher Schwarz pages 24-29 Bookcases that fold up like a clamshell were common among British travelers of the 19th century. Soldiers, students, clerks and the clergy were all fond of this easy way to take a library with them...

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BenchCrafted Classic Leg Vise

by Christopher Schwarz page 18 Until recently, workbench hardware on the market was so pitiful that you were better off looking for vintage vises and screws for your new bench. These days, however, woodworkers have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to workbench accessories. Earlier this year, Benchcrafted released its latest vise design,...

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Benchcrafted Classic Leg Vise

by Christopher Schwarz page 18 Until recently, workbench hardware on the market was so pitiful that you were better off looking for vintage vises and screws for your new bench. These days, however, woodworkers have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to workbench accessories. Earlier this year, Benchcrafted released its latest vise design,...

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Improve a Coping Saw

Your saw can work better by adding washers of by changing the way the saw. by Christopher Schwarz pages 28-32 When I was a kid, the first saw I bought was a Craftsman coping saw with a chrome frame and red-stained handle. For years I did everything with that saw – crosscuts, rips, curves...

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‘Rivet’ Your Furniture

This strong and simple – but uncommon – joint imparts a decorative touch.

by Christopher Schwarz pages 22-25 After 20 years of making furniture, it’s not every day that you stumble on a joint you’ve never seen before. But that’s exactly what happened several years ago when I encountered a floor chest from the West Indies in...

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Blue Spruce Joiner’s Mallets

by Christopher Schwarz page 18 For some woodworkers, building your own mallet is a rite of passage. After using dozens of student-made mallets, however, I wonder if many of us would be better off with a well-balanced, professionally made mallet. If you are a person who wants to buy a thing once and be...

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From Punk to Period

Freddy Roman built his career with hard work, outstanding teachers and plaid shirts. by Christopher Schwarz pages 52-55 You know those chests filled with tools that people give to children? The tools aren’t much good for building anything. But the chests do have another purpose: planting the seed of an idea in the child’s mind. Such was the...

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Roy Underhill’s Nail Cabinet

It’s a crate. It’s a cabinet. It’s useful shop furniture. by Christopher Scwharz pages 38-43 One of the enduring features of Roy Underhill’s “The Woodwright’s Shop” PBS television show is the familiar and rambling backdrop of former projects, parts, tools and wood that frames most episodes. My favorite item in his shop is his nail cabinet –...

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6-Board Chest

Use two planks, two days and two piles of nails to make this age-old form. by Christopher Schwarz pages 39-43 Buy this issue now Six-board chests have been an enduring form of furniture in Western cultures for hundreds of years. And while they differ in their details during different ages, the basic form and the way it...