Our cover story is a gorgeous tiger maple serpentine chest from Glen D. Huey, contributing editor. Make these curvaceous drawer fronts, and you’ll also have learned the technique to make a block-front chest and an oxbow chest (and with a well-tuned band saw, it’s not as tricky as you might think).
Woodwright Roy Underhill shares the story of the last passer drill – and his reproduction thereof – in his article on period pattern routing (watch him in action here in a free video).
In “Just Plane Round,” Charles Bender teaches us the same exercise in dowel-making one of his first instructors taught him: how to make a perfect dowel using only a handplane.
Mark Arnold, the editor of the Society of American Period Furniture‘s journal American Period Furniture, shows us how to make a “crossetted frame” – a mirror or picture frame that has bold projecting corners inspired by architectural mouldings that also deliver a lovely, eye-catching grain pattern.
In “Mirrors in Multiples,” Robert W. Lang, executive editor, not only teaches us how to make a handy hand-held mirror (a great gift project) but also how to plan for production runs of an item. (The project was one he made for years as he traveled the woodworking/craft fair show circuit.)
Gary Rogowski shares his methods for designing, making and installing custom handles to complement – not compete with – your doors and drawers in “Handle With Care.”
Plus, Arts & Mysteries columnist Adam Cherubini tells us “There’s No Shame in Nails” (the first in his series on 18th-century-style nailed furniture projects); Bob Flexner gives us the low-down on “Green Solvents”; Steve Shanesy, senior editor, builds a handy message center for this issue’s I Can Do That project; Christoper Schwarz, contributing editor, gives us an inside look at Jeff Miller and his Chicago shop in “Designs of Note”; George Walker teaches us that Sketching is “All in Your Mind” in Design Matters; Eric Heydorn tells us how his woodworking has come “Full Circle” in End Grain and in Tool Test we review Festool’s new ZOBO bits, a new precision square from Veritas/Lee Valley, BLOKKZ Universal Clamping Blocks and a new steam generator for bending wood from Earlex. (Plus Tricks of the Trade and Letters, of course!)
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