Article Index Christopher Schwarz

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Tool Test: Veritas Bevel-up Smoothing Plane

A Jewel of a Tool. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 16 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue now I have never understood the modern fascination with enormous smoothing planes. We prefer big smoothers with lots of mass, long soles and wide blades. Our ancestors preferred small smoothing planes that were shorter (as small as 7") and...

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A Bright Idea

This light bulb-shaped lamp requires a little plywood (plus a little geometry) to make it look just brilliant. By Christopher Schwarz Pages:46-47 For me, one of the most perfect shapes ever designed is the general-purpose incandescent light bulb. While some people use the word “mushroom” to describe its profile, I’ve never seen a fungus with such sinuous...

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Monticello’s Stacking Bookcases

Thomas Jefferson’s book boxes became the foundation of the Library of Congress. By Christopher Schwarz Pages 24-29 From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue now I like to think of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library as America’s first “bookmobile.” When the British burned down the nation’s capitol in 1814, the inferno took with it many of the books...

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The Craft Classics in Just 5′

Fight woodworking ignorance 15 minutes each day. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 30-35 From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue now In 1910, Harvard University President Charles W. Eliot laid out a plan that allowed every man and woman to get the basics of a liberal education by reading for 15 minutes a day from a list...

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I Can Do That: Tool Rack

Swiped from a French engraving, this rack works in your shop or even in your kitchen. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 26-27 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now It’s good to keep your tools protected (think: tool chest). But it’s also good to keep them handy (think: at arm’s reach). My...

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Outdoor Lantern

Add some mood lighting to your next outdoor affair with this great Arts & Crafts luminary. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 78-81 From the June 2004 issue #141 Buy this issue now Call me dull, but I’ve never been a Tiki torch kind of guy. And the last time we lit an outdoor party we...

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The Speed Demons of Sharpening

We test three new machines that try to replace grinders and traditional sharpening stones. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 53-57 From the June 2004 issue #141 Buy this issue now For hundreds of years, the best way to get the keenest edge on a woodworking tool has been to rub it on a series of...

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Bend the Laws of Lignum

A recent innovation lets you bend wood without steam or adhesives. by Christopher Schwarz Pages: 36-37 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now The package of wood looked everything like a mummy when it arrived in our shop. The wood was wrapped in clear plastic, bound by plastic straps and wrapped by more plastic and...

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Tool Test: Sharpening Video Filled with New and Useful Tricks

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 24 From the June 2004 issue #141 Buy this issue now I’ve been sharpening tools for a long time, so it’s rare for me to start taking detailed notes when I watch a video on sharpening. But David Charlesworth, a well-regarded British woodworker, teacher and author, has some incredible tricks...