Out of the Woodwork

Out of the Woodwork: Name Brand Tools

Whether you know it or not, you often reach for eponyms in the woodshop. By Philip Leon Page: 104 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now Distinctive furniture styles such as Hepplewhite, Sheraton, Phyfe and Chippendale are named for their creators. The fancy word for a person whose name becomes synonymous...

Out of the Woodwork: Grumpy Old Men

When properly trained, curmudgeons have many uses. By Peter Sieling Page: 96 From the November 2006 issue #158 Buy this issue now It’s easier to care for exotic pets than grumpy old men. You try to keep them in a safe, climate-controlled environment, but given a chance they’ll stray into the woods with a...

Out of the Woodwork: Sawdust in the Soup

Get your daily fiber requirements with just one crosscut. By Kate McDonald Page: 96 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now The ad read: “3 bdrms, 1-1/2 baths, needs TLC.” More than a fixer-upper, this house was a down-and-outer of the first degree. My mom, my son and I needed something...

Out of the Woodwork: Common Ground

My dad was a cabinetmaker for most of his working life. Unfortunately, he plied this trade in a small, working-class town in Northwestern Ohio, a town with more farmers than investment bankers, with more machinists than venture capitalists. So there weren’t many local residents with the financial resources to hire my dad to build...

Out of the Woodwork: Woodworking Can be a Blast

Black powder fits the bill to split large urban logs. By Sam Sherrill Page: 96 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now For the past decade, I have been getting all the lumber I need for my projects from downed urban trees in my area that would have otherwise been dumped...

Out of the Woodwork: The Changing Laws of Physics

Here’s hoping they’re cyclical. By Peter Sieling Page: 96 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now When my son complained how high school physics was dull and difficult, I reminded him how important it is. “I use physics every day in the shop.” “Like how?” grunted Gary from the recliner. “Well,...

Out of the Woodwork: Small Shop, Big Lessons

Many woodworkers dream of ‘going pro.’ Before you take the leap, read this. By Jim Tolpin Page: 104 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now It’s now been more than three decades since I began to work wood for a living. In the beginning, I operated alone out of a one-car...

Out of the Woodwork: The Boys in the Guild

No doubt, you’ll fit right in. By Jeff Skiver Page: 96 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now A woodworking club offers countless rewards to the aspiring craftsman. It provides a platform for displaying your work. It offers the chance to learn new techniques. It affords you the opportunity to find...

Out of the Woodwork: Project no. 3 – er, no. 4

Your early projects don’t have to end up as firewood. By Chris Hedges Page: 100 From the November 2007 issue #165 Buy this issue now When people see the Philadelphia-style secretary I built, they inevitably want to know how long I have been making furniture and how many pieces I have completed. The simple...