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How a Tree Became a Whale

A rescue and careful work reveal the spirit of land and sea. by Lee Dye page 64 I have lusted for years after the wide, irregular planks used by the legendary George Nakashima to capture what he called “the soul of a tree.” I would give them new life as a piece of furniture...

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End Grain: Losing the Love of My Life

With great pain comes great amounts of casserole. by Joe McMahon page 64 The Bride wanted to start with one, but I wanted a dozen. Then one warm summer day, the Warden whispered in my ear those magical words: “Which would it be?” I spent the next eternity, silently ticking the days off, scraping...

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Inheritance

A sharp reminder and remembrance of a life cut short. by Gus Goodwin page 64 A chisel roll is an unlikely time capsule. Untouched in the three years since his death, the green canvas Ian salvaged from a discarded patio umbrella has protected his tools admirably. They are exactly as he left them: organized,...

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Take Your Work to Home

A lunchtime woodworking break yields more than a nice saw handle. by Ethan Sincox page 64 Last summer, I took Matt Cianci’s “Build a Backsaw” weekend class through my local woodworking guild. There is never enough time in a weekend class to finish the project; this was no exception. I’d roughed out the tote,...

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Conquer Finish Fears

A stay-the-course attitude turns phobia into appreciation. By David Mathias Page 64 I don’t know many woodworkers who enjoy finishing. We will gladly spend an eternity devising a jig to help with an operation that we’ll perform only once. Time stands still when we’re at the lumber mill looking for that elusive, perfect board for a project...

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It’s Time

A lifelong dream of woodworking is ready to come to fruition. By Mike Hudson Page 64 I stared up at the silent giant, standing twice as tall as me – polished wood, crystal-clear glass, full of brass gears and weights that seemed like gold to my young eyes. I was waiting for the top of the hour,...

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End Grain: ‘Frankenbench’

A dream deferred – and that’s just fine. By W. Paul Olsen Page 64 I’ve dreamed about my Workbench for years. It will be solid maple, top to bottom. It will have traditional face and tail vises, with a sliding deadman between. The top? Two 31⁄2"-thick laminated slabs separated by a set of four individual tool trays...

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End Grain: Past Imperfect

If anyone ever sees that, they’re looking too closely. By Robert W. Lang Page 64 I spend a lot of time looking at antique furniture, often from below. My interest is pieces made about 100 years ago, from the Arts & Crafts period of the early 20th century. I share a passion with those who collect these...