August 2008

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Out of the Woodwork: Memories and Milestones

Connecting an Arts & Crafts icon with the men who made it 100 years ago. By David Mathias Page: 80 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now On a Sunday afternoon not too long ago, I found myself sitting in a home in Southern California looking at the family heirlooms of...

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Flexner on Finishing: The 7 Myths of Polyurethane

Oft-repeated ‘rules’ that are, quite simply, wrong. By Bob Flexner Pages: 76-79 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now All levels of finishing are burdened with myths, but the types of finishes used by amateurs and sold in home centers and woodworking stores suffer the most. Myths about polyurethane are a...

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Greene & Greene Masterworks

Awakening of a style. By David Mathias & Robert W. Lang Pages: 66-70 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now One hundred years ago, two brothers were in the midst of an amazing period of creative success. The result was a unique, enduring style that is instantly recognizable. The brothers were...

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Making Multiple Through-Mortise-and-Tenon Joints

Wedged mortise-and-tenon joints add visual interest to any casework. By Rob Porcaro Pages: 62-65 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now To join partitions or shelves into solid-wood casework, woodworkers have several options. This basic task of connecting the end-grain edge of one board to the face of a second board...

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Federal Furniture

Years ago I discovered Federal furniture and knew that with beautiful veneer, superb inlay and simple carving, this would be my furniture period of choice. By Rob Millard Pages: 57-61 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now Federal furniture has much to offer woodworkers. In addition to the traditional joinery, there...

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Woodworking Essentials: Thickness Planers

A Better Way to Work: Part 6 By Marc Adams Pages: 51-56 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now When I started woodworking, owning a planer was just a dream. They were big, expensive and power-hungry machines that were not well suited for the small shop or hobbyist market. At the...

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Folding Campaign Table

Reproducing knock-down furniture from two centuries ago. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 46-50 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now When on campaign, during the l8th and l9th centuries, British military officers frequently traveled with portable furniture pieces. These durable and compact pieces were characterized by their simple design and various ingenious...

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Craftsman Bookcase

If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing excessively. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 39-45 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now There are many bookcases in my house, but they’re a motley collection – poor cousins to the rest of the furniture. The really nice bookcases I’ve made have gone...