For the James Krenov-style hanging cabinet I built out of cherry for the April 2012 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine I used tapered sliding dovetails to join the case. For a step-by-step slideshow of how to use a router to cut these joints, click on the video player below: – Matthew Teague
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Learning a new skill is a lot easier if you think of it as a hobby. Though I wasn’t one of the earliest adapters, I started using SketchUp, a drafting program you can download for free, a few years back. (A pro version can be purchased as well, but the free version does most anything … Read more
An angular front and glass doors lend visual interest to this classic Krenov design.
by Matthew Teague
Through the early stages of my woodworking, when I was sweating away evenings in a Mississippi basement trying to learn the craft using a $99 table saw and an $18 block plane, I devoured the books of James Krenov. They represented an artistic, if idealized, approach to a hands-on craft that appealed to an angst-filled editor and writer in his 20s. Even if I wasn’t up to the tasks, I knew my aim. Then life took over. After editing, writing and running a furniture business for a number of years, I still looked at the Krenov books from time to time, but my tastes and styles slowly became my own. When I started this job, however, I was inspired to revisit Krenov and the designs that kept me wide-eyed in earlier days. I’m glad I did.
Blog: Read about some clever doormaking assembly jigs.
Slideshow: See additional step photos on tapered sliding dovetails.
In our store: “A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook,” by James Krenov.
Download the free SketchUp Model of this project. Read more
When it comes to finish, I want something that is easy to apply, offers a little protection and doesn’t require spray equipment. And once I find a finish I like, I tend to be pretty loyal. I used Minwax’s Antique Oil Finish almost exclusively before a friend turned me on to Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish about … Read more
Wrapping up the last details on a piece I’ve been building for the April issue, I had a nice surprise last weekend: Stealing away a few minutes while my kids took a nap (or a least pretended to), I headed out to the shop, grabbed an old carving knife and started experimenting with a piece … Read more
First, thank you for all the nice posts and letters I’ve received since my new job was announced last week. I’m excited to be joining the team here at Popular Woodworking Magazine. After eight years of building furniture and writing for various magazines, it’s nice to get back on the editorial side, especially at a … Read more