June 2009

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Graduated Drawers

Two sets of dividers are all you need to achieve well-proportioned drawers. By George Walker Pages: 60-63 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now For centuries artists honed their craft by copying the works of the masters. The goal was not to become a copyist; instead the intense focus of exploring...

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Bed Rocks From Abroad

How do new imported smoothing planes compare to a Lie-Nielsen or Clifton? By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 56-58 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now Thanks to the success of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and Veritas at building premium handplanes, it’s no surprise that someone would start manufacturing Bed Rock-style handplanes in the Far...

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Carve a 17th-Century Panel

Straightforward work with V-tools and gouges creates a lively result. By Peter Follansbee Pages: 51-55 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now Seventeenth-century New England joiners produced a variety of furniture forms; the most common surviving pieces are carved boxes and chests. The joined chests’ structure is a frame-and-panel format: often...

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A Classic Huntboard

Ample storage and simple lines make this dining room server highly desirable. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 44-50 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now During the holidays, I remember as a youngster growing up, a card table set up in the dining room to stage the dinner platters. There was...

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Ebonizing Wood

Achieve a deep, rich black using household ingredients plus some powder from a South American evergreen. By Brian Boggs Pages: 40-43 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now It’s hard to improve on the natural beauty of wood with all its various hues and grain patterns. For that reason I generally...

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A Joiner’s Tool Chest

Not too big, not too small. This chest is a handy size for a basic set of tools. By Roy Underhill Pages: 32-39 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now It’s the modern joiner’s dilemma. An old house over in the next county has missing mouldings on the mantel, a kicked-in...

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Tool Test: Ashley Iles Mk2 Bevel-edge Chisels

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 29 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now My first great set of chisels was made by Ashley Iles, a small manufacturer with deep roots in the toolmaking history of Sheffield, England. The steel was easy to sharpen and held its edge tenaciously. My only complaints were...