August 2006

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Country Settle Table

This convertible project serves as a nice breakfast table, a handy small chest and a surprisingly comfortable place to sit. By Troy Sexton Pages: 60-65 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now When furniture was more precious to its owners, it was common for a piece to have more than one...

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Test-driving Exotic Infill Handplanes

We spend three days with the world’s most expensive planes. Are they just jewelry? Or do they work better than your plane? By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 52-59 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now There are times when I wish I could find my first handplane. It was, by most standards,...

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Making Ogee Feet

Sinuous and beautiful, this period furniture detail is actually straightforward to make. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 49-51 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now The flowing curves of ogee bracket feet provide a sculptural look to desks, chests and other forms of fine casework. Although there are a number of variations...

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Your First Toolkit

No matter what your style of woodworking, you need a basic set of hand tools. Here’s where to begin. By Frank Klausz Pages: 36-40 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now When I came to America, I had a lovely wife, two suitcases and 50 bucks. Oh man, where do I...

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Arts & Mysteries: The Mystery of Try Squares

Here’s a clue: Only two faces need be 90°. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 32-35 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now Furniture makers in the 18th century used shop-made wooden try squares. Though subject to wear and seasonal movement, these squares produced some of the world’s finest woodwork. We’ve learned time...

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I Can Do That: Egg Crate Shelves

An easy interlocking joint begets great strength and style. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 30-31 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now The premise for our new “I Can Do That” column is that you don’t need a lot of tools or experience to make a good-looking, functional project. For these...