Article Index Scott Gibson

Wendell Castle: The Art of Furniture

On the cusp of his 80s, Wendell Castle revels in the techniques that launched his career. By Scott Gibson Pages 20-27 It is a cool June morning, and a light northwest breeze is clearing out yesterday’s squalls over western New York State. By 9 a.m., Wendell Castle is in his studio, alone, working on a drawing of...

Great Woodshops: A School Built to Thrive and Last

A passion for creativity lies at the heart of this woodworking institution. By Scott Gibson Pages: 92-95 It’s 3 p.m. on a February afternoon when Peter Korn gathers a class at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship around his workbench and launches into a 90-minute lecture on dovetailing. His students are in the first few...

Shiplapped Cabinet Backs

Easy to make, shiplapped backs add a decorative element to cabinet interiors. By Scott Gibson Pages: 68-71 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Inexpensive and dimensionally stable, plywood is a nearly ideal material for the back of a cabinet. For large kitchen cabinets and built-ins, plywood also adds strength and...

Power-assisted Dovetails for Drawers

A small router takes the drudgery out of half-blind dovetails. By Scott Gibson Pages: 76-80 From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this issue now It’s hard to blame anyone for turning to a router and template when the job calls for a kitchen’s worth of dovetailed drawers. If nothing else, the process is...

Total Shop in a Box

Can a system of portable European power tools find a home in U.S. woodshops? By Scott Gibson Pages: 57-61 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now If you work alone in a small shop, it’s easy to dread the backbreaking start of a cabinetmaking project. It usually means spending hours reducing...

Woodworking Essentials: Setting Up Shop – Placing Machinery

By Scott Gibson Pages: 49-56 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now In a much earlier era, cabinetmakers didn’t spend much time worrying about where to put machines in their shops. They didn’t have much to work with. A small shop might have had a communal lathe turned by an apprentice,...

Sharpen a Drawknife

The biggest obstacle to mastering this traditional tool is getting it razor sharp. By Scott Gibson Pages: 72-75 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now If you visited a crafts school that specialized in traditional woodworking, you’d almost certainly run across at least one student seated at a shaving horse, drawknife...

Woodworking Essentials: Setting Up Shop – Dust Collection

By Scott Gibson Pages: 41-48 From the August 2007 issue #163 Buy this issue now It’s tempting to think of sawdust as little more than a nuisance, a housekeeping problem like mud tracked across a clean kitchen floor. Sawdust is more ominous than that. It does seem to get in every nook and cranny...