October 2005

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The Magic of Iron & Fire

A chairmaker explains his fascination with the ancient art of blacksmithing and being able to make his own woodworking tools. By Don Weber Pages: 72-75 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now It was April of 1986, and I’d just arrived at a craft show up a long dirt road, an...

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Shiplapped Cabinet Backs

Easy to make, shiplapped backs add a decorative element to cabinet interiors. By Scott Gibson Pages: 68-71 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Inexpensive and dimensionally stable, plywood is a nearly ideal material for the back of a cabinet. For large kitchen cabinets and built-ins, plywood also adds strength and...

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Prairie-style Coffee Table

An anachronism in its time, this table now fits perfectly in our homes. By David Thiel Pages: 62-66 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Frank Lloyd Wright would probably be dismayed to see a coffee table built in his Prairie furniture style. In fact he and his fellow early 20th-century...

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Build an Oil Wicke

Help your hand planes glide effortlessly with lubrication from a continental bench accessory. By Samuel Peterson Page: 61 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now In the countless dark and dreary woodworking shops around Europe, before modern times and machines turned them into icons of days gone by, craftsmen made every...

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Woodworking Essentials: Casework Construction – Beginning Principles

By David Thiel Pages: 53-60 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now To open our seven-part series on casework construction it’s probably smart to include the definition of casework. “Webster’s Dictionary” (Random House Value Publishing) gives it a one-word definition: cabinetwork. I think that’s both a little too complicated and simplistic...

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Dovetails, The Pope’s Coffin and the Unidentified Craftsman

A quest to find the builder of this famous project. By Kara Gebhart Uhl Page: 52 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now The morning after Pope John Paul II’s funeral, John Darrow, Frank Klausz’s finisher, asked Klausz, “Did you see the pope’s coffin?” Klausz hadn’t. “It has big, big pins...

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Frank Klausz’s Final Word on Dovetails

Stop measuring and simply learn how to saw straight. By Frank Klausz Pages: 46-51 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now The dovetail is an ancient joint widely used in cathedrals, barns and Egyptian furniture. It is the right joint for many items including fine furniture, carcases, drawers and jewelry boxes....

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Arts & Mysteries: The Secrets to Sawing Fast

The traditional hand saw (when wielded correctly) can size all your stock. Here’s a basic primer. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 42-45 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Hand saws were used to make some of the finest furniture ever built. They are very clearly capable of producing accurate cuts. Hand...

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Ingenious Jigs: A Better Table for a Drill Press

Hold and guide your work like never before with this fixture that will (finally) fix your drill press. By Eric Hedberg Pages: 36-40 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now There probably isn’t any machine more ignored in my shop than my drill press. Even though I use it constantly for...