August 2016 #226

The August issue features a portable, adjustable and powerful double spring pole lathe built out of construction lumber. Roy Underhill walks you through the steps to building this foot-powered lathe.

In “The Real Truth About Block Planes,” Christopher Schwarz teaches you how to set up your block plane to perform a wide variety of furniture-making tasks. You can use this versatile tool for more than just carpentry!

Turn historic, handled vessels with a pole lathe. Craft teacher Jarrod Stone Dahl shows you how to use the lathe’s reciprocating motion to make integral handles possible.

Mike Siemsen teaches you how to build a handsome, wall-hung tool till tailored to fit your handplanes, saws and more. Build one out of easy-to-find 1×10 material with step-by-step plans.

In “Lumberyard Prep,” industry expert Shannon Rogers shows how a little planning and the right questions will help you make the most out of your trip to buy lumber.

In “Tool Test,” you’ll read about the Lake Erie Toolworks Moxon Vise, Blue Spruce Toolworks 4″x6″ square and Naniwa’s sink bridge for sharpening stones.

In “Arts & Mysteries,” Peter Follansbee explores guild regulations differentiating joiners from carpenters in early London; Bob Flexner teaches you his “half-right rule” when encountering finishing information; George Walker takes a look at dividers in “Design Matters;” in the debut of “Hardware,” Orion Henderson tells you why the right hardware matters; Steve Branam shares how he takes an interval training approach to rigorous hand tool tasks in “End Grain;” and more.

Design Matters: Dividers – Conduits to Creativity

This tool with a mythological past remains a designer’s workhorse. by George R. Walker pages 18-20 Dividers have long been called the “Tools of the Imagination” – and with good reason. For millennia, this simple pair of joined pointed sticks has been the universal tool that unites all the building trades...

Hardware: The Crowning Touch

The right hardware is as important as wood selection and finish. by Orion Henderson pages 54-55 Not too long ago, I was approached by Megan Fitzpatrick about writing an occasional feature on hardware in the magazine. After a solid three minutes of thought, I jumped at the idea. Hardware is something...

Arts & Mysteries: Carpenters’ Work

Early modern records show guild regulations in London. by Peter Follansbee pages 58-61 Early 17th-century London tradesmen were protective about their work, carefully keeping an eye on any interlopers to their craft. A dispute arose in the early 1630s between London’s carpenters and joiners, and in my last column (June 2016,...

Flexner on Finishing: My ‘Half-right Rule’

Knowing which half to believe is why finishing seems so difficult. by Bob Flexner pages 62-63 Many years ago I coined what I call my “half-right rule.” That is, half of what you read or hear about finishing is right; you just don’t know which half. You may suspect that I...

End Grain: ‘Woodworking Interval Training’

Sawing – and other operations – by the clock. by Steve Branam page 64 I recently needed to rip two lengths from a 4′ slab of 12/4 cherry. I use hand tools, so that’s a heavy job. Such tasks can be intimidating, keeping you from doing a project. I don’t want...