Arts & Mysteries

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Arts & Mysteries: The ‘Ultimate’ Hand Tool Shop

Perfection doesn’t exist. But you can come close. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 34-37 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now One of the first things any beginning woodworker must do is set up a workshop. Like so many other things a novice woodworker must do, the preparation of a workshop shapes...

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Arts & Mysteries: The Standing Desk, Finished

Built with traditional joinery and tools, this year-long project looks at home in an 18th-century shop. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 24-27 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now This is the last article in my year-long series on building a standing desk for my shop. In this article I’ll show the...

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Arts & Mysteries: Standing Desk – Period Details

Use elements of antique furniture to evoke period style. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 26-28 From the November 2007 issue #165 Buy this issue now I’ve almost finished building my standing desk for my workshop. In this installment, I’ll discuss the approach I used to outfit the interior of my desk. From the November 2007...

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Arts & Mysteries: Standing Desk – Mysteries of 18th-century Drawers

Practical factors influence drawer construction. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 24-27 From the October 2007 issue #164 Buy this issue now Eighteenth-century cabinetmakers constructed drawers in a variety of ways. The differences have thus far been attributed to either the period of construction or regional differences. Some differences appear to be functional improvements over earlier...

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Arts & Mysteries: Standing Desk – The Upper Case

Those who forget the past are destined to spend too much time making stuff. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 20-22 From the August 2007 issue #163 Buy this issue now This is part four in my series on building a standing desk for my workshop. In my previous article, I built the lower case, using...

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Arts & Mysteries: Standing Desk – The Lower Case

How to build your first as if it’s your hundredth. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 28-30 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now Period accounts indicate 18th-century American cabinetmakers typically produced a wide variety of products. They were neither quite as specialized as some would have it, nor did they produce particularly...

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Arts & Mysteries: 18th-Century Stock Preparation

Different goals allowed period woodworkers to surface boards quickly. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 32-35 From the April 2007 issue #161 Buy this issue now Dressing stock by hand isn’t hard work. The trick to doing it efficiently is forgetting everything you know about woodworking machines and just about everything you’ve read on the Internet....