Perfect Proportions

Build a standing desk tailored to your body. by Jim Tolpin pages 24-31 I designed this compact stand-up desk to meet a prescription from my doctor to be less sedentary. “Sitting is the new [...]

Why Portable Planers are Better

While we lust for a 20″ monster, most woodworkers would be just as well off (or better) with a ‘suitcase planer.’ by Christopher Schwarz pages 32-36 When I started woodworking in about [...]

Shop-made Bandings

Learn to make your own and you’ll never have to compromise your design. by Mario Rodriguez pages 37-42 Bandings and stringing are a dramatic and exciting way to dress up your period furniture. I [...]

Micro Marco

Marco Terenzi is a toolmaker and furniture maker with a talent for incredibly tiny work. by Christopher Schwarz pages 43-47 Toolmaker Marco Terenzi has a dream shop that sounds a little bit like [...]

Bow Shelves

Delicate ‘hyperparabolas ’ hang on a curve – then  hang ‘magically’ on the wall. by Bruce Winterbon pages 48-52 When I saw a photo of a set of three rectangular shelves supported by a bow near [...]

Nice Curves, No Math

Mechanical solutions for the formula-challenged woodworker. by Raney Nelson pgs 58-59 There was a time when I was fairly good at math – but that was back when “personal” and “computer” were two [...]

Bosch Barrel-grip Battery-powered Jigsaw

Because of its lower profile, I prefer a barrel-grip jigsaw to a top-handle. I feel as if having my hand closer to the work gives me better control, not only because the tool feels less tippy, [...]

Flexner on Finishing: My Sanding Block

Efficient, cheap and simple to make. by Bob Flexner pages 60-62 This magazine puts a lot of emphasis on hand tools – that is, tools without motors. Common subjects include handplanes, chisels, [...]

Reverence

Respect for tools was the real lesson I learned from a woodworking icon. by Brad Rubin page 64 My introduction to Japanese woodworking started with Toshio Odate’s underwear. “My tools are like my [...]

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