Yearly Archives: 2012

Improve the Clinching Power of Your Cut Nails

Here’s a tip from Tim Henricksen, a fellow woodworker who has been building some six-board chests with me as I research this important early form of furniture. One of the trickiest things to do when building a chest with nails is to clinch the nails’ tips so they bend back into...

Jackie Chins Mah-Jong game table

  Jackie Chin’s is one of my students at 3rdWard Brooklyn. She is an electronic engineer by trade, who developed a love affair with woodworking. In a recent class she took with me (Modular Furniture) she designed and built a Mah-Jong game table. Jackie’s table is a wonderful example of a...

‘Design for Tool-Chest Top’

From W.K.H., Chase City, Va. – Among the numerous plans presented in the columns of Carpentry and Building for tool chests, the fact seems to have been overlooked that the chests are often exposed to the weather, and the tops are not made to turn water. Permit me to present my...

I Can Do That: Message Center

A low-tech solution for a family on the go. By Steve Shanesy Pages: 26-27 From the February 2012 issue #195 Buy the issue now. The kitchen is the crossroads for today’s busy family. And while we have high-tech gadgets to text messages, take notes and keep a calendar, I’ve found a...

A Patternmaker’s Workbench

As patternmakers are the Jedi Knights of the woodworking world, their workbenches are always a little different. Usually you’ll find some sort of vise that has more adjustments than usual. A typical patternmaker’s vise is the Emmert. These vises are gorgeous – read all about them at The Iron Hand website....

A Simple Gift

Last year just weeks prior to Christmas, I decided to make my mother a Pennsylvania spice box with an inlaid door. That was stupid. I got it done (thanks to Glen Huey’s inlay-by-router tutelage as well as the use of his shop, because ours was still in boxes for last year’s...

A Tip that’s So Stupid…

While I was on staff at Popular Woodworking Magazine, all of the editors had to read through all of the reader submissions to “Tricks of the Trade.” This was generally drudgery that was punctuated by little nuggets of brilliance. Here’s what the drudgery looked like: “A coffee mug makes an ideal...