Joinery

Another Translation. Another Use. Another Bookstand

After making the down-and-dirty folding bookstand in a video last week, I decided to make another pair as a very late Christmas gift. I am not a good friend. These will be maple and sized more like the one from Roy Underhill’s article in the February 2011 issue. Of course, after building the first...

Video: Roubo’s Folding Bookstand

If you are having trouble with the Roubo’s Folding Bookstand article from the February 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, I urge you to attempt to lay out the joints on some wood and give it a try. If it still vexes you, however, then this short video might help. Disclaimer: This may or...

Need a Moxon Double-screw Vise?

One of the most-popular projects I made last year was the Moxon Double-screw Vise from the December 2010 issue. It’s popularity was eclipsed only by the Handplane Birdhouse in the August 2010 issue. One guy built 12 of them. I have received some complaints about the Moxon Double-screw. Not about how it works –...

Pepys_Library

Making Plans: A Bookcase from the Beginning

I have four bookcases filled with woodworking books in my office at home, another two bookcases in my office at work and boxes and boxes of them in the basement. And the list of the woodworking books I’m hunting for grows only longer. It is time to do something radical. It’s time to start...

Video Tip: Clenching a Nail with Confidence

Clenching a nail – sometimes spelled “clinching” – is an essential traditional woodworking skill. But until you are clenching like a pro, there are some baby steps you can take. In the video above, I show how I clenched the 4d cut headless brads from Tremont Nail Co. that secure the battens to the...

Match Mortise Size Without Measuring

Whenever I teach a class, at least one student will say to me “you really don’t like measuring, do you?” I don’t dislike measuring, but I try to avoid it whenever I can. When I’m trying to get one part to fit another, the numbers become irrelevant and measuring often becomes an opportunity to...

Weird Wooden Nail? It's the Bit

Peter Follansbee and Mike Siemsen have cleared up the mystery of the pinwheel-shaped wooden nails. The pinwheel shape of the nails is caused by the shell or gimlet bit used to make the hole. The long edges of the bit bite into the grain, tearing it. When the peg is driven into the hole,...

An Unusual Shape for Wooden Nails

The pegs that hold the joinery of old furniture together are always interesting. I’ve seen pegs with their heads shaped square and octagonal, which are obviously the product of either splitting and whittling. A perfectly round headed peg says “Home Depot dowel” to me, though many Arts & Crafts pieces use a round-headed peg...

A Dovetail a Day – Hurray

Whenever I stink at something in woodworking, it becomes my lunch-hour obsession. While chomping an apple, I’ll read everything I can about the topic. Then I’ll steal off to the shop to practice what I’ve read. This is how I learned to saw, to sharpen, to cut moulding by hand, clean my ears, mortising...