Michael Dunbar

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Avoiding Mistakes

Improve your accuracy by changing your marking, measuring and working habits. In short: Be bold and consistent. By Michael Dunbar Pages 73-77 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now After seeing me help a student recover from a mistake while building a chair, someone in the class will usually take me...

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Drawknives & Spokeshaves

These once-standard tools have a place in the modern shop. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 72-76 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now When the last grains of sand run through my hourglass, I know how I want to check out. I want to drop on the shop floor in the middle...

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Layout Tools

Whether you do hand or machine work, these layout tools are indespensable. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 52-57 From the October 2008 issue #171 Buy this issue now Layout tools are woodworking’s widows and orphans. The work they do seems pretty mundane, so we woodworkers tend to focus our attention and our expenditures on the...

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Planecraft, Part I: Scrub, Jack & Smooth Planes

Basic strokes to get you planing like a pro in no time. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 62-67 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Bench planes are the most versatile of woodworking tools. In “Handplanes for Beginners” in the June 2007 issue (#162), I explained bench-plane basics. In the first part...

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Shooting Boards

Small work is safer – and easier – to size with a handplane and shooting board. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 62-65 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now I have been a woodworker for 38 years and I still have all my fingers on both hands. My fingers all run out...

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Windsor Shop Stool

A comfortable seat can make a big difference in your work. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 39-45 From the October 2009 issue #178 Buy this issue now I designed this stool for a special purpose – making chairs. The stool places a chairmaker above the chair seat. This position is more comfortable when assembling the...

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Milk Paint

This traditional paint looks great on any project – and it’s simple to use. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 44-48 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Woodworkers have been painting their furniture for thousands of years. During that time, they have used many different types of paints. In fact, in historic...

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Furniture’s Battle Scars

Part 2: Fictional ‘incidents’ give a piece a believable back story. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 54-59 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now In Part 1 of “Aging Your Projects Gracefully” (November 2010, issue #186), I gave an overview of creating an aged look for new pieces of furniture, and discussed mechanical wear. The...