The December issue features a classic little table from Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA. You may think you’ve seen it before, maybe even taken a stab at it yourself, but Will Myers shows you how to build it right (and that’s a first). Based on measurements Myers took during an in-person examination, the seemingly-simple candle stand is now fully reproducible in your own workshop.
Does the thought of computers in the shop make you grip your tenon saw with both hands? Tim Celeski knows some folks think the specter of automation steals hand tools in the dead of night, but he’s convinced you can own a computer-operated router and still hand cut the best dovetails on the block. In “Digital Woodworking,” Celeski introduces you to CNCs with some facts about the tool you may not know you want.
Meet JoJo Wood, the young, British-born maker who’s got the green woodworking world buzzing over her exquisitely hand-carved spoons – and her chip-carved clogs haven’t gone unnoticed, either. Our “Arts & Mysteries” columnist Peter Follansbee introduces you to the 20-something putting a new face on age-old techniques.
Oh no – nails! Christopher Schwarz thinks these fasteners have gotten a bad rap. Learn why you hate the nails you’ve used, as well as what nails are waiting to capture your heart. From blacksmith-forged Roman nails to cut nails, there’s a whole world beyond the hardware-aisle cardboard boxes. So go ahead – give nails a chance.
Get gentle holding pressure with shop-made binding clamps – all you need is scrap Plexiglas and some inexpensive graphite rods. And study up on the hows and whys of moulding planes, the router-free way to cut beading and complex profiles.
This issue’s “Tool Test” takes the hi-tech NOVA Voyager DVR drill press for a spin, tries out some bargain-priced bench dogs and makes custom pocket-hole plugs from project stock with Kreg’s new plug cutter jig and bit. Learn to master design skills through deliberate repetition in “Design Matters,” build a cool wedged sliding mortise gauge in “Arts & Mysteries” and learn about changing VOC laws (and their effect on your future projects) in “Flexner on Finishing.” Plus consider the creative challenges bespoke makers face with RH Lee, shop manager at Offerman Woodshop, in “Custom Design, Creative Process,” this issue’s End Grain contribution.