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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...

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End Grain: It Comes Down to the Cut

Thoughts on woodworking and the art of growing up with Zen. By Wilbur Pan Page 68 Because I’m of Chinese descent, it’s probably not a surprise that I found myself drawn to Japanese tools when I started woodworking, and that I wanted to learn how they worked and how they were used. At first this was frustrating....

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End Grain: A Teacher’s Seat

Imperfect woodworking often imparts the best lessons. By Scot O'Shea Page 68 A good friend asked me if I could help his son put together a chair he wanted to make and like a good neighbor, I said, “Sure, I will be happy to look at it and offer a little advice.” That was two years ago...

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End Grain: ‘Nothing is Absolute’

Ease and speed, versus idealization of the past – sometimes. by Alan Foljambe Page 68 From the June 2012 issue, #197 When Lord Acton wrote that “absolute power corrupts absolutely,” he was referring to politics, but he could as easily have been referring to tools. After all, he wrote this now-famous phrase in the spring of 1887, one...

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End Grain: Full Circle

Paddling through a woodworking past. By Eric Heydorn Page: 64 From the February 2012 issue #195 Buy this issue now. I was 3 years old and I was in toddler heaven – the dirty, dangerous, totally awesome garage. My dad had actually invited me out to the garage to help him make … something. I didn’t know...