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Arts & Mysteries: Carpenters’ Work

Early modern records show guild regulations in London. by Peter Follansbee pages 58-61 Early 17th-century London tradesmen were protective about their work, carefully keeping an eye on any interlopers to their craft. A dispute arose in the early 1630s between London’s carpenters and joiners, and in my last column (June 2016, issue #225), I...

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Flexner on Finishing: My ‘Half-right Rule’

Knowing which half to believe is why finishing seems so difficult. by Bob Flexner pages 62-63 Many years ago I coined what I call my “half-right rule.” That is, half of what you read or hear about finishing is right; you just don’t know which half. You may suspect that I developed this rule...

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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...

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Medicine Cabinet

A slick technique makes the divided-light door a snap. by Megan Fitzpatrick pages 26-31 In 2008, I built a contemporary maple chimney cupboard to hold towels in my bathroom. Eight years on, I decided it was time for a matching medicine cabinet – in large part because the house I recently bought has solid...

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Perfect Proportions

Build a standing desk tailored to your body. by Jim Tolpin pages 24-31 I designed this compact stand-up desk to meet a prescription from my doctor to be less sedentary. “Sitting is the new smoking,” I was admonished. It was also to give me a challenge: to create a project start to finish almost...

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Why Portable Planers are Better

While we lust for a 20″ monster, most woodworkers would be just as well off (or better) with a ‘suitcase planer.’ by Christopher Schwarz pages 32-36 When I started woodworking in about 1993, I wanted two things: a table saw with a decent rip fence and the biggest thickness planer on the planet. In...

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Arts & Mysteries: Furniture – It’s Meant to be Used

In some contemporary households, 17th-century style storage prevails. by Peter Follansbee pages 58-59 I once sold a chair to a woman who later told me how much she loved it. “I never let anyone sit in it!” she exclaimed, apparently to show me how special it was to her. I told her that was...

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Knockdown English Workbench

This knockdown English workbench was designed and built by Christopher Schwarz for the November 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Buy the November 2015 issue here. See all our SketchUp Models here Purchase Sketchup products from Shop Woodworking.