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End Grain: The Myth of Original Design

Consider yourself a midwife to creativity. By Brian Boggs Page: 64 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue now I have taught a number of classes on designing chairs and it’s always interesting to watch students’ creative processes. I like to keep my classes as fresh as I can for my own benefit if not for...

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End Grain: The Apprentice

Persistence (and a crazy mother) can help. By Elia Bizzarri Page: 64 From the November 2011 issue #193 Buy this issue now I slept on a cot in the loft of the shop, cooked on a portable burner, and walked my dirty dishes through the garden to the basement sink. Curtis Buchanan walked in at seven one morning...

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End Grain: The Addict

It’s not a problem – and I don’t want a cure. By Kevin Thomas Page: 64 From the October 2011 issue #192 Buy the issue now “Hi. My name is Kevin and I’m a woodworking addict.” That’s how I feel I should start each meeting of our local woodworkers’ guild. My only problem is, it’s a...

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End Grain: Workshop Radicals

Farewell TV, DVDs and http. By Roy Anderson Page 64 From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue now One of my more serious-minded friends asked me why I was a woodworker. I replied that I’m just here to have a good time playing in my woodshop. No, he insisted. That’s not good enough. You’ve got to...

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End Grain: CSI: Tools

It’s hard to hide the loot when your wife has detective skills. By Joe McMahon Page: 64 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now I am a toolaholic. There, I’ve said it. I’ve admitted my weakness. I am in need of a 12-step program. A 12-step program or a good surgeon. For you see, my...

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End Grain: ‘Put Yer Ass Into It’

A boring task turns into a history lesson. By Roy Underhill Page: 64 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now One day in Williamsburg, a message reached me at the carpenter’s yard that the cabinet shop was shorthanded and needed help. I figured it was some high-end task like dovetailing a...

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End Grain: Sandpaper Drawer

The lessons I learned from Dad’s crumpled and worn-out abrasives. By Joe Barnhart Page: 64 From the June 2010 issue #183 Buy this issue now Whether you’re a professional or hobbyist woodworker, having a keen sense of proper material utilization reduces the cost of projects while extending increasingly hard-to-find resources. Conservation means taking advantage of carefully thought-out...

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End Grain: Too Delicate A Touch

The hands are the tools that mean the most. By Brad Graham Page: 72 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now When I was a professional woodworker, I experienced a satisfying fascination looking at my hands at the end of the day. As a full-time cabinetmaker, I thought about them as I made...

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End Grain: Repurposed, Reimagined

Morgan library pieces get extended shelf life. By Brendan Isaac Jones Page: 64 From the November 2010 issue # 186 Buy this issue now The call came as monumental calls do – in the middle of hanging upper cabinets. “My name is D—, and I need you to build me two walk-in closets using J.P. Morgan’s Library.” I sent...