November 2009

Online Extras: November 2009 Issue

Online Extras from the November 2009 issue include a video tour of Megan's LVL Workbench, the 3D Google SketchUp Model of Megan's LVL Workbench, the 3D Google SketchUp model of the Knockdown Computer Desk, a video of Kevin Glen Drake turning a chisel handle and learn why he uses a skew chisel, and more....

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Out of the Woodwork: Regulae Stultis Sunt

Rules are for fools. By Darrell Peart Page: 72 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now My junior high math teacher, Mr. Gayda, was fond of saying, “Rules are for fools.” Although this little maxim sounds like a rallying cry for anarchists, Mr. Gayda was a man of many rules and...

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Flexner on Finishing: The Thick & Thin of Veneer Repair

Veneer is just thin wood – so don’t be afraid of it. By Bob Flexner Pages: 66-68 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now I love repairing old furniture – the older the better. I find repairing more challenging and satisfying than making new because someone else, or time and age,...

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Jig Journal: Dovetail Markers

These simple shop-made helpers will make marking less of a chore. By Rob Porcaro Page: 64 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now Marking out dovetails for hand cutting goes much easier with these helpers. Held in place while hooked over the end of a board, these markers allow you, with...

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Knockdown Computer Desk

ladders form the base of this knockdown desk — simple steps to a higher education in woodworking. By Hunter Lang Pages: 58-62 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now I’m in the midst of preparing for college, so I need a desk that is functional but also portable, so that I...

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It’s a Secret

Secret drawers and hidden compartments are as much fun to create as they are to discover. By Charles Bender Pages: 54-57 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now When I was a teenager, I met a cantankerous old lumber guy. You know the type – a little too disgruntled to actually...

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Shaker Swing-handle Carrier

Oval boxes with handles were traditionally used as sewing baskets. By John Wilson Pages: 48-53 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now The craftsmen of the Shaker community were known in their day for quality workmanship of utilitarian designs. This project represents one of their adaptations of the oval box in...

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Making Totes & Knobs for Handplanes

Custom grips can make the difference between a usable plane and one that just gathers dust. By Charles Murray Pages: 45-47 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now Over the years I’ve collected a few handplanes. I’ve found out (as many collectors before me) that although many handles look the same,...

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Turning for Furniture Makers

Why almost every woodworker should own a lathe – and how to get started. By Kevin Glen Drake Pages: 42-44 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now Woodworkers and woodturners tend to travel in their own circles, but a lathe is a very useful tool, even for the occasional turner, as...