Article Index Robert W. Lang

Contemporary Coffee Table

I Can Do That: Contemporary Coffee Table

Take the easy way out: Find sizes without measuring. By Robert Lang Pages 62-63 This small coffee table is a great introduction to building furniture. It doesn’t require much material and it’s an opportunity to develop your skills. This project is sturdy, attractive and easy to build. All of the parts come from standard...

Makita Compact Router Kit

Tool Test: Makita Compact Router Kit

Bigger doesn’t always mean better. By Robert W. Lang Page 16 Small routers are easy to handle, and the addition of multiple bases makes them good all-purpose tools. The basic 1⁄4″-collet router that comes in the new Makita compact kit (RT0700CX3) has good power and variable speed. The motor slides in the base and...

Rasps

Tool Test: Liogier Hand-cut Rasps

First-class shaping tools from France. by Robert W. Lang Page 12 From the April 2012 issue, #196 In 2004, Popular Woodworking introduced hand-cut French rasps to American woodworkers. Those tools from Auriou were definitely a cut above what was previously available, and we happily added them to our tool kits. A few months ago,...

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Mirrors in Multiples

Designing the process can be as challenging as designing the object. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 50-53 From the February 2012 issue #195 Buy the issue now. The way something looks is only the first half of a design problem. How to make it and how to make it efficiently are often greater challenges. If you want to...

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Tai Chi & Woodworking

Balance, concentration and the quest for the easy way to work. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 42-45 You wouldn’t expect a Welsh chair bodger who’s teaching how to build a stick chair to mention a Chinese martial art in relation to using a jack plane. And you wouldn’t expect the student to get the connection, see the...

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Combination Squares

Choosing and using this must-have measuring and layout tool. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 52-55 From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue now In 1878, Laroy S. Starrett designed and patented the combination square. His invention was a multipurpose layout and measuring tool for machinists and it was rapidly adopted in the trade. Woodworking books of the period...

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I Can Do That: Stacking Bookcases

Make Boxes to fit your books – and your space By Robert W. Lang Pages 22-23 From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue now The typical bookcase is a good example of poor design. We make them that way because that’s the way we’ve always made them; almost every plan you see...