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On the Level: Two Magazines, One Mission

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 8 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now In my 13 years with this magazine, I’ve never written about the magazine itself. You’ve never had to hear about how we tweak the fonts, leading and kerning to spiff up our look. All that rubbish is inside baseball...

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On the Level: A Weekend of Gorging on Woodworking

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 8 From the June 2010 issue #183 Buy this issue now My favorite weekend of the year is when we hold our Woodworking in America conference. It is, for lack of a more delicate term, an absolute bender of woodworking, tools, conversation and food. You get to meet and spend time...

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On the Level: What I Learned at Woodworking in America

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now I just spent three days teaching handtool techniques at our Woodworking in America conference and my staff members are now trying to keep their eyes open long enough to get this issue looking good, reading correctly and in...

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On the Level: New Workbench Book Teaches You How to Fish

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 6 From the November 2010 issue # 186 Buy this issue now Some people say I have a “workbench problem” because I’ve built so many of them. It’s more accurate to say instead that I have a “problem with workbenches.” After teaching in schools all over the country, I found...

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On the Level: How You Can Save Woodworking

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 8 From the October 2010 issue # 185 Buy this issue now Almost every week I get a message from a woodworker who is terrifi ed that we are the last generation of people who will build furniture in our home workshops. I’m not nearly as apocalyptic, but I do...

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On the Level: The Unclear Future of Table Saws

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 8 From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue now I have spent my life avoiding politics in all forms. In fact, when I was a kid, the most memorable political statement I heard was: “If voting could really change things, then it would be illegal.” I know that...

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On the Level: What’s a Workbench Worth?

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 8 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now In 2005, I loaned my French workbench to a friend to use in his booth at a woodworking show. As I rolled the 350-pound behemoth onto the show’s floor, I heard a couple wolf whistles (really?), then one of...