Build it Clean and Contemporary

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I’ve just finishing creating the first woodworking “eMag” in my career – a collection of six articles from Popular Woodworking Magazine – “Contemporary Furniture.”

It was a challenge to choose the “right” articles to show a range of subjects and techniques, but I think you’ll find an interesting selection. These builds have the clean lines and details that exemplify this style, and include skill-building techniques.

In “City Sideboard,” Mario Rodriguez shows you how to build a piece that has the feel of updated Shaker with a bit of James Krenov mixed in. Using plywood and a few construction tricks, Mario shows you how to save time and money on this and similar projects.

Steve Shanesy creates a floating effect for his “Wall-mounted Server.” Find out how to use a torsion box to add strength, and you’ll also learn must-know tips on pattern routing.

Matthew Teague and Megan Fitzpatrick show you two design approaches to wall-hung cabinets: Megan blends the organic look of a live-edge top with clean contemporary lines, while Matthew shows you how to build a classic Krenov cabinet.

Christopher Schwarz teaches you how to build a set of sturdy leaning bookshelves. And in a classic “I Can Do That” project, Megan outlines how you can build a set of contemporary shelves with dimensional lumber in just a few hours of work.

And if you like contemporary work, stay tuned. We’re just getting started on our June issue, which features a contemporary piece from a new contributor, Geremy Coy. Geremy began woodworking in his kitchen on a portable workbench as an Americorps volunteer. In 2010, he moved to Washington D.C., where he apprenticed with cabinetmaker William Schreitz.

These days, Geremy creates elegant projects with clean lines that try to do justice to both the material used and the space around the project.

You can see some of his pieces at his web site. Or, simply wait for our June issue.

In the meantime, stay contemporary with this new eMag – it’s only $3.99, and available only here.

— Mike Wallace

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