August 2017 #233

In the August 2017 issue, Christopher Schwarz shares  the “Almost-forgotten Fore Plane” –  an inexpensive bench plane that belongs in every shop (even that of the most hard-core machine user)*. Caleb James shows us how to weave a “planflet” pattern for a contemporary folding chair (he showed us the frame build in the June 2017 issue). Practice your pattern routing as you build a handsome Greene & Greene-inspired pantry shelf (by Norman Reid and Jeffrey Fleisher). Discover how to design your own shapely contemporary legs with expert instruction from Rob Porcaro. And the renowned furniture maker and teacher Phil Lowe shares his technique for diamond-paned divided light doors.

In this issue’s “Tool Test,”we try out the Walke Moore Compass Guides and the OmniSquare Multi-function Layout Tool. In “Design Matters,” George Walker shows us how to “See Like a Designer,’ and Peter Follansbee shares some period inventories and a look at how a chair can be used to transport bodies. In “Flexner on Finishing,” Bob Flexner takes a trip outside of his usual topics to talk about period apprenticeships (and how they’re not quite as romantic as me might envision), and Adam Godet discusses how good joinery helped his emotional recovery from a car wreck in “End Grain.” Plus, “Out on a Limb,” “Letters” and “Tricks of the Trade” from readers.

*Note the engraving on Chris’ otherwise prosaic Stanley No. 5 – that’s by Catharine Kennedy.

Colonial Apprenticeship

A brief history of a not-so-romantic woodworking education system. by Bob Flexner pages 62-63 Ever since the renewal of interest in woodworking in the 1970s, especially among amateurs and small-shop professionals, there has been talk of reestablishing an apprenticeship program similar to what existed hundreds of years ago. But what was...

Joint Survivors – End Grain

Accidental musing on craftsmanship and building things to last. by Adam Godet page 64 On a cold rainy day in December 2014, I was returning home from running errands in my Washington, D.C., neighborhood. Diane Rehm was discussing Russia on NPR. I was thinking about the leftover pizza I was going...