On Symmetry and Screwing Up

In the world of design, you read a lot about the acceptance or rejection of symmetry. Wait, wait. Don’t go away. This blog entry, by the way, has to do with Audrey Hepburn’s gorgeous face. You can reject symmetry in design based on the fact that human beings are decidedly not symmetrical. A perfectly...

Knife a line directly oft the tail

Installing a Drawer Stretcher

I’ve been working on a cherry and bird’s-eye maple entry table for the October 2012 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, and as I was installing the upper drawer stretcher I remembered how puzzled I was when faced with cutting my first one. It’s just a single dovetail cut on the end of the stretcher...


Tapered Sliding Dovetails by Router

For the  James Krenov-style hanging cabinet I built out of cherry for the April 2012 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine I used tapered sliding dovetails to join the case. For a step-by-step slideshow of how to use a router to cut these joints, click on the video player below: – Matthew Teague  


It’s a Mystery

This puzzle mallet is seemingly made by Roy Underhill pages 44-49From the April 2012 Issue, #196 It can’t come apart, but, problem is, it can’t go together!Legend has it that Abraham Lincoln invented this mysterious mallet. The trouble with ordinary mallets, in his time as now, was that they kept “flying off the handle.”...


The ‘Impossitails’ Zone

Amaze your friends with quadrilateral and rising dovetails.By Roy Underhill Pages: 38-39From the November 2011 issue #193 Buy this issue nowAn ordinary day in the shop, but suddenly, you’re dovetailing through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. You’re on a journey into a woodworking land whose boundaries are...


The 5 Dovetailing Personalities

I’ve taught a lot of people to cut dovetails through the years, and I’m convinced there are five different personality types of people who learn to cut dovetails. Here is my short list. Morgo Will DESTROY the Instructor Yup, I always build the project that the students are building for the class. As a...