August 2010

Online Extras: August 2010 Issue

Online Extras for the August 2010 issue include a free SketchUp model of the Step Stool project, our free video tour of the Roubo Workbench, a free SketchUp model of the workbench project, our free video demonstrating how to make 4° wedges, a free 3D SketchUp Model of the birdhouse project, a SketchUp model...

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End Grain: New Names for Old Tools

Just keep saying 'micron.' By Rob Porcaro Page: 64 From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue now Woodworkers who use hand tools to lay the quality touch on their work know what can be accomplished with these wonderful inventions. Along with skill, supplied of course by you, a good hand tool is an exquisite blend...

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Woodworking with Wee Ones

Kids’ imaginations are inversely proportional to their attention spans. By David Ross Puls Page: 58 From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue now Want to take up woodworking with your kids, but find it difficult to keep them in the shop? I share this desire and dilemma. I sheepishly admit that the diffi culties arise...

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Filling Pores for an Elegant Look

Two methods to create a mirror-flat surface. By Bob Flexner Page: 54 From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue now Very few woodworkers or refinishers fill the pores of wood anymore. The process is not well understood and it's perceived to be difficult. So if the wood has large open pores, the pitting is usually...

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Old Plane Birdhouse

Every woodworker should spruce up the yard (or the shop) with this simple birdhouse. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 52 From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue now I’ve never been a fan of birdhouses. Why welcome something to your yard that really wants to poo on your head? Yet, inspiration works in weird ways. While visiting...

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Designing by Foot, Hand & Eye

Empirical, not Imperial, is the measure of the pre-industrial maker. By Jim Tolpin Page: 46 From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue now In this article I’m going to show how I design a simple piece of furniture whilst immersed in the mindset of the pre-industrial, hand-tool artisan. Because I’m not going to use power...

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Magobei’s Dining Table: Part 1

A table built for a ‘rags to riches’ patron becomes the perfect project for an accomplished protégé. By Toshio Odate Page: 40 From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue now All these years, my assistant, Laure Olender, has not only been working with me doing woodwork, she also takes photographs (including those in this article),...

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Miter Half-lap Joinery

With a router, straight bit and plywood scrap, turn a weak joint into a superhero of strength. By Glen D. Huey Page: 38 From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue now One of the strongest joints in woodworking is a properly fit mortise-and-tenon and the opposite in strength is a simple butt joint. For years...

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The Return of Roubo

An 18th-century French workbench is quite possibly the most perfect design ever put to paper. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 28 From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue now In the 18th century it was common for the workrooms and living areas of a home to share the same space. A workbench, for example, would not...