Shaping

Learning how to shape wood beyond flat and square elevates your woodworking skills and furniture projects to the next level. Whether you’re in search of the latest tools and technology or seasoned woodworking advice and easy explanations of wood carving techniques, you’ll find it here. From carving methods that use antique wood shaping tools and how-to advice on sharpening tricky carving tools to advice on modern machines that make quick work of exacting details, we’ve got you covered.

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Video: Sharpen the Tricky V-chisel

I spent Saturday watching and photographing carver Mary May teach a class on ball-and-claw feet at the Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, N.C. Mary, a traditionally trained professional carver, lives and works outside Charleston, S.C., and teaches carving classes all over the country – you can see her at Woodworking in America this year. And...

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Je m’excuse, Monsieur Auriou

This year’s Woodworking in America was a landmark event for me. After seriously considering getting a set of astronaut diapers last year, this year I got to go to the bathroom twice – twice! – during the three days. The only downside to this life of bladderly leisure is that I missed it when...

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Jeff Miller: Modern With an Old-tool Streak

In my book, Jeff Miller might just be one of the keys to the future of woodworking. The furniture he’s built during the last three decades is decidedly contemporary. It has clean lines, simple curves and impeccable joinery and wood selection. Yet Miller manages to fold a surprising number of traditional tools into his...

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Video: The Lindow-White Rose Engine

Ornamental turning is one of the fascinating corners of the woodworking craft. Once it was a craft reserved for kings, dukes and the obscenely wealthy. I’ve seen photos of turnings that required more than 18 months to complete (so don’t feel bad about being slow in your shop). The machine at the center of...

Pattern-sanding Curved Parts

This is straight from André Roubo’s “L’Art Du Menuisier” in the section on oscillating spindle sanders. True, the spindle sander shown in plate 322 is treadle-powered, and the menuisiers shown are wearing frilly shirts and tights, but other than that, it’s stone-cold André. When I make arm bows for chairs, I struggle with getting...

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3 Rasps Give You Superpowers

At Woodworking in America I made an offhand comment during a lecture that has come back to haunt me 100 times since September. I was passing around the English Layout Square I built for the December 2010 issue to the class I mentioned that the ogees and details on the square were formed with...