February 2009

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Out of the Woodwork: A Puzzling Beginning

How one woodworker got over her fear of dismemberment: more fear. By Micaela R. Evans Page: 80 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now Industrial Technology. That was the name of the course I took in the autumn of 1993. Beats me as to why it was entitled thus, because anyone...

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Great Woodshops: Using Wood to Make Waves

Reuben Margolin uses scraps to explore science, nature and math. By Raphael Rosen Pages: 74-77 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now At this moment, Reuben Margolin is building a gigantic wooden sculpture that moves. It’s titled “Yellow Linear Wave,” and is one of his many creations – usually built out...

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Flexner on Finishing: Finishing Cherry

Some straight talk about cherry and blotching. By Bob Flexner Pages: 70-72 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now When I opened my furniture-making and restoration shop in 1976, the woods considered best for high-end furniture were walnut and mahogany. Of course, oak and maple were also used, and sometimes cherry....

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D.L. Barrett & Sons Planemakers

Meet the young (he’s just 18) and skilled hands behind a near-perfect tool. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 66-69 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now While modern carpenters might show off at the jobsite by driving up in a fully loaded pickup truck, the 19th-century cabinetmaker did the same thing when...

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The Barnsley Hay Rake Table

Inspired by the agricultural tools of rural England, this massive oak table is awash in hand-worked details. By Don Weber Pages: 60-65 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now As a young fellow growing up in the countryside of Wales, I clambered over many a farm wagon, climbed into many a loft in barns...

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Four Ways to Make Tapered Legs

We explore methods to help you find the one that works best. By Keith Neer, Glen D. Huey, Robert W. Lang & Christopher Schwarz Pages: 55-59 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now It’s true! From working with hand tools, to powering up stationary machinery, to any combination of these two...

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The Art of Making Dovetailed Drawers

Fine furniture calls for an elegant drawer. A master cabinetmaker shares his approach to design and fitting. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 50-54 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now There are just a few things my partner at Philadelphia Furniture Workshops, Alan Turner, and I don’t see eye-to-eye on. But how...

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Shaker Stepback

A classic furniture form revised for 21st-century entertainment. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 42-49 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now I have a love-hate relationship with my television. I love (too much, perhaps) to watch shows, but I hate having the TV out in the open as the focal point of...