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Massive Mouldings

Add a few hand tools to a mostly machined process, and it’s simple to make any profile. by Chuck Bender pages 38-43 When it comes to making mouldings, size should not be a limiting factor. Using tools you probably already own – combined with a little creative thinking – you can make just about...

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Nova Comet II Midi Lathe

The reversible motor turns this benchtop tool into a sterling machine. by Chuck Bender page 16 Teknatool’s new Nova Comet II wood lathe is feature-packed at a price that’s hard to beat. Not only does it have variable speed, it has a reversible motor – not usually found on lathes of this size –...

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William & Mary Chest

Mortise-and-tenon joinery and side-hung drawers make for a simple but impressive build. by Chuck Bender pages 24-31 Early in my career I met an avid antiques collector whose focus was objects from the William & Mary period. Like many people, my first reaction was, “That stuff with those big, ugly ball feet?” Under his guidance I began...

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The Mercer Museum

A visionary’s concrete castle contains a generous slice of pre-industrial life. by Chuck Bender pages 49-52 Walking through the entrance of the Mercer Museum isn’t quite what one would expect from one of the United States’ most complete collections of 18th- and 19th-century tools. “Contemporary Spartan” seems a more fitting description, due to all the glass, polished...

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5 Favorite Jigs

These five simple shop aids help you work more effectively & efficiently. by Chuck Bender pages 48-51 Buy this issue now Every woodworker eventually runs into problems that just cannot be easily solved using hand tools or power tools with the stock accessories. That’s when jigs and fixtures such as shooting boards and table saw sleds bridge...

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Wharton Esherick

Discover the ‘Dean of American Craftsmen.’ By Charles Bender Pages 26-30 After a long, slow, winding drive up Valley Forge Mountain in Pennsylvania, the treeline parts. Through the underbrush several buildings seem to emerge from the hillside. These are not the tightly tended gardens of Winterthur or Longwood, where most of my period reproduction work would feel...

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Quarter Columns

Forget the lathe; a router table setup makes quick work of these striking architectural features. By Charles Bender Pages 28-31 If you want to add a little punch to your next traditional furniture project, try adding quarter columns. They help narrow the look of any piece by drawing your eye inward. This usually gives the piece the...

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A Trio of Trifids

Three variations on a carved foot offer high style. By Charles Bender Pages 36-41 Access to information provides the modern woodworker with greater variety, and it challenges their skills more than their 18th-century counterparts. When we consider how fashion-conscious both producers and consumers were in the 1700s, it’s truly amazing to think how quickly the word spread...

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Just Plane Round

An exercise in dowel-making without a lathe. By Charles Bender Pages: 46-49 From the February 2012 issue #195 Buy the issue now. During my formative years as a woodworker my instructor, Werner Duerr, taught many lessons both subtle and gross. Sometimes it wasn’t until years later that I learned the benefit. Toward the end of the first year,...