June 2007

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Southern Sugar Chest

This 19th-century piece was designed to safeguard a then-precious commodity. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 34-40 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now Not so long ago, obtaining sugar wasn’t easy. It’s difficult to believe that the commodity we have in almost everything today was scarce and highly valued in the...

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I Can Do That: A Shapely Shaker Shelf

The mouldings dress up the shelf while building the drawer increases your skills. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 32-33 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now In the 1989 edition of the Willis Henry Shaker auction of ephemera, woodenware and furniture, this Canterbury, N.H., shelf  immediately caught my eye. I’ve incorporated...

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Arts & Mysteries: Standing Desk – The Lower Case

How to build your first as if it’s your hundredth. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 28-30 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now Period accounts indicate 18th-century American cabinetmakers typically produced a wide variety of products. They were neither quite as specialized as some would have it, nor did they produce particularly...

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Tool Test: Steel City 13″ Planer is a Solid Contender

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 26 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now The new Steel City Tool Works machines we’ve tested have been solid tools with few frills at a fair price. And the company’s newest 13″ portable planer, the 40200, fits in well with the company’s other products. From the...

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Tool Test: Marcou S20A Smoothing Plane Great for Exotics

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 26 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now If you work with exotic woods – the nasty, stringy stuff that no plane can tame – then Philip Marcou would like to build you an equally exotic handplane. Marcou, a New Zealand cabinetmaker-turned-toolmaker, builds premium planes designed to...

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Tool Test: Zona – The Best $9 Backsaw

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 25 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now Sometimes the laws of time, space and economics get bent. And in the case of this Zona-brand saw, sometimes the laws get broken. The Zona is a 24 tpi backsaw with a 6-1/2″-long blade, 1-3/4″ maximum depth of cut,...