December 2010

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Cross-grain Solutions

Methods to prevent cross-grain splits in traditional solid wood case construction. By Alan Turner Pages: 42-45 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now What is obvious to the seasoned furniture maker often escapes the attention of the newer, aspiring maker. This is especially true when it comes to recognizing and avoiding cross-grain wood...

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Line & Berry Chest of Drawers

IThough not traditional, router patterns make quick work of the inlay. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 32-41 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now In southeastern Pennsylvania, just northwest of Philadelphia, is Chester County. It was one of the original three counties formed by William Penn in 1682, under a charter signed by...

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I Can Do That: Victorian Side Table

Pattern routing makes quick and easy work of these urn-shaped sides. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 30-31 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now While vacuuming a few weeks back, I was thinking about what to build for this issue’s “I Can Do That” project when it hit me … actually, when I...

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Arts & Mysteries: Soup up Your Sawing Savvy

Good practice makes perfect – or at least better. By Bob Rozaieski Pages: 28-29 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now When it comes to using hand tools, good technique is everything. We can spend hours sawing, chopping and planing, but if we don’t practice good technique, all we are doing is getting...

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Design Matters: Great Legs

Play with proportion to achieve pleasing design. By George R. Walker Pages: 26-27 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now The black stallion’s name was Step. Marvin, the only man I ever saw ride him, called him simply “the horse,” his raspy Southern voice pausing for emphasis. I was 5 years old the...

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Tool Test: A Better Brad-point Bit

By Glen D. Huey Page: 22 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now When I grab a brad-point bit to drill a hole, I don’t give much thought to the design of the bit and to the finer intricacies of just how holes are drilled. But the German company that...

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Tool Test: Value in Chisels made in the U.S.A.

By Robert W. Lang Page: 22 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now Six months ago, I went looking for a new set of chisels. I wanted wood handles and I also wanted tools that didn’t taper too much at the sides. That’s a popular feature these days, but except...

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Tool Test: Bickford Moulding Planes

From high finance to high-quality planes. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 20 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now Vintage moulding planes are tricky beasts. Typically the wood is warped, the irons are misshaped and the wedges are beat to snot. So it’s no wonder that people struggle with the tools....

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On the Level: What I Learned at Woodworking in America

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now I just spent three days teaching handtool techniques at our Woodworking in America conference and my staff members are now trying to keep their eyes open long enough to get this issue looking good, reading correctly and in...