Today we received our first glimpse of the printed version of the Autumn 2006 issue. We’ve switched to using a new printer that specializes in smaller magazines that have fussy and picky editors and art directors. We wanted the black-and-white photos on the inside to have a richer look, with darker blacks and crisper whites.
We got our wish. We are (and this is rare) quite pleased. Add to that the fact that we’re also pleased with the editorial content. This issue features plans for an American Trestle Table. It is a remarkably fun project to build (I’ve built it twice now) with some interesting joinery and a lot of little surprises. Here’s a few: I built the table’s base using $30 in wood. The table can be lifted with just two fingers. My 5-year-old gymnast can vault off of it.
The table’s joinery is mostly wedged through-tenons. This joint intimidates many woodworkers because it seems so complex. You know what? It’s not a difficult joint at all. It just looks that way. We tried all the complex and nutty variants out there in books and magazines. The best technique (and the simplest and hardest to mess up) came to us from a Canadian chairmaker working in the Ontario wilderness.
And, as you might guess, we’re going to offer SolidWorks files of the projects in this issue once the magazine hits the newsstands. And when is that? Start looking for the magazine for sale on our website and at bookstores starting July 25. West Coast woodworkers should wait until early August (we have to truck the issues out there).