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I Am a Couch Builder – End Grain

The best measure of success comes in the doing. by Jonas Jensen page 72 I don’t know if I am alone in this matter, but I have to admit that quite often I consider myself a couch builder. Maybe you know the drill yourself. You sit on a couch and read a woodworking magazine not...

Joint Survivors – End Grain

Accidental musing on craftsmanship and building things to last. by Adam Godet page 64 On a cold rainy day in December 2014, I was returning home from running errands in my Washington, D.C., neighborhood. Diane Rehm was discussing Russia on NPR. I was thinking about the leftover pizza I was going to eat for...

End Grain – ‘Individualists Unite!’

After a woodworking course, this student has tools, a chest – and friends. by Daniel Clausen pg. 64 Last spring I took my first woodworking course, an “Introduction to Hand Tool Woodworking.” The class promised to teach students to fix up some tools and build a tool chest – but I learned more than...

End Grain – ‘You Own a Tablesaw?!’

This hand surgeon likes meeting fellow woodworkers – but not at work. by David Shapiro pg. 64 I long ago lost track of how many people, upon learning of my interest in woodworking, have puzzled aloud over my table saw. They follow up with, “Do you know how important your hands are?” or, “Do...

End Grain: Marine Corps to Shop Floor

Time served funds a maker’s pursuit of woodworking happiness. by Grant Burger pg. 64 With most things in life, you either pay with your time or your money. Say you want to build a box using 3/4 black walnut. You have three options: Buy boards milled to final thickness from a lumberyard (least time,...

End Grain: “Custom Design, Creative Process”

Bringing the challenges of commissioned design to the college classroom. by RH Lee pg. 64 Since 2008 I have managed the collective Offerman Woodshop in Los Angeles as well as my own furniture business, LeeBuild. Both focus on bespoke, one-off custom furniture. Though I have been told by many designers and makers alike that...

Why I Adore my Machines

Grab your torch and pitchfork; the hand-tool guy has a table saw. by Christopher Schwarz pg. 64 People react with shock and horror when they learn I have electric machinery in my Kentucky workshop. After all, I’ve been writing almost exclusively about handwork for almost 20 years now. And yet anyone who is more...

End Grain: “The Power of the Hobbyist”

Turning woodworking into a pastime helped me love it again. by Vic Tesolin pg. 64 There are two ways I hear the term “hobbyist” thrown around. The first is by “professional” woodworkers and, more times than not, it is in a disparaging tone: as if a hobbyist couldn’t possibly be as good, fast or...

End Grain: ‘Woodworking Interval Training’

Sawing – and other operations – by the clock. by Steve Branam page 64 I recently needed to rip two lengths from a 4′ slab of 12/4 cherry. I use hand tools, so that’s a heavy job. Such tasks can be intimidating, keeping you from doing a project. I don’t want to let the...