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End Grain: Working Memory

I do not stem from woodworking lineage, at least not the kind you hear about. My dad wasn’t overly handy. While growing up, I recall most things either went unfixed or someone else was called to remedy the situation. My grandfather worked as a maintenance man fixing this or that. Generally speaking though, grandpa was...

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Why I Love Ikea

Lessons from a big box guide my approach to woodworking by Edward Suter page 64 I love Ikea. Yes, I said it. This store has provided me with an understanding of furniture design and with products I use on many of my projects. For some I’m happy to pay, but for most I haven’t had...

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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 Home to Work

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,...