February 2011

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Three-legged Occasional Table

Steam-bending or bent laminations can be used to make this eye-catching design. By Michael Fortune Page: 26-33 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now The design of this table is part of a series that I revisit from time to time. The original concept for the series was based on a pinwheel (a common example...

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Roubo’s Folding Bookstand

A woodwright translates (and channels) the 18th-century French Master. By Roy Underhill Page: 34-37 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now Translating André Roubo’s instructions from the 18th-century French is a delight, for he speaks to you as if he’s just stopped by your bench. The level of detail assures you that this is something...

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End Grain: Squirrel Surprise

A project with a bite. By Brendan Isaac Jones Page: 64 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now How do three carpenters feed an abandoned baby squirrel? Glass dropper in hand, huddled around a kitchen table in the historic district of downtown Alexandria, Va., we discovered the answer: with great difficulty. The day previous, atop scaffolding...

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Flexner on Finishing: Finishing Overview

Understand the basics. By Bob Flexner Page: 56-57 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now A wood finish is a clear, transparent coating applied to wood to protect it from moisture and to make it look richer and deeper. This differs from paint, which is a wood finish loaded with enough pigment to hide the...

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Great Woodshops: Living the European Dream

A St. Louis physician spent years assembling the perfect shop. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 52-54 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now The problem with many “dream shops” is that their visionaries never wake up and get on with building any furniture. There’s nothing inherently wrong with building a hobby shop and having the shop alone...

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Upgrade Your Cutterhead

Segmented knives reduce tearing and noise. But do you need to upgrade both planer and jointer? By Glen D. Huey Page: 42-47 If you purchased your jointer or planer a couple decades back, or if you had a watchful eye on your woodworking budget as you made your purchases, chances are your machine has a three-knife cutterhead installed....

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A Geometry Lesson in Veneer

Part 4: Louis cubes are a simple form (really!) of parquetry that is easier to make than it looks. By Marc Adams Page: 38-41 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now Parquetry is cutting veneer and arranging it geometrically. By cutting and taping geometric pieces together in some fashion, a veneer project can come to life. If...

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I Can Do That: Pirate Chest

Masonry nails and two XXL leather belts impart the ‘arghh!’ in this build. By Megan Fitzpatrick Page: 24-25 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now Don’t let the curved top of this “pirate chest” scare you. It’s a lot less tricky than it may appear – and it’s excellent practice with your block plane. In Our...