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‘American Gothic Aumbry’ SketchUp Model

This is a model of Christopher Schwarz’ “American Gothic Aumbry” cover project from the February 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Download the free Sketchup plan here. See all our SketchUp Models here Purchase Sketchup products from Shop Woodworking.

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‘The Best of Christopher Schwarz’ e-mag

Christopher Schwarz sincerely hopes that the projects, tips and tricks in this new digital magazine are not his best work – the best, he explained, is always yet to come. “I really hope my best stuff is in the pipeline,” Schwarz noted when I sought his help identifying articles to include in this collection....

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Make a Revolution From a Tree

A curious attorney helped kick-start ‘green woodworking’ with a single chair and a book. by Christopher Schwarz page 50 Of all the unusual twists and turns in the life of Jennie (formerly John) Alexander, surely the most incredible has been to be pronounced dead in the media while being very much alive. When her...

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American Gothic

This early form – an aumbry – spawned many different types of furniture. by Christopher Schwarz page 28 It is easy to forget that many of our favorite pieces of furniture are recent innovations. Forms such as coffee tables, bookcases and desks are – archaeologically speaking – new objects brought on by incredible modern...

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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...