December 2017 #236

On the cover of our December issue is Jim Moon’s reproduction of the venerable Studley tool cabinet. Learn about Moon’s motivations and the lessons he learned in creating his own masterpiece in the image of Henry O. Studley’s famous work. Read Elia Bizzarri’s master-class in Milk Paint, and learn how he achieves this classic chairmaker’s finish that complements, not covers, beautiful woodworking. See Jameel Abraham’s take on a pint-sized bench for kids. Abraham shrank the classic Hayward workbench, but didn’t skimp on joinery or details – it’s a great project for the budding woodworker in your life. Tim Celeski introduces us to a group of woodworkers who have incorporated CNC machines and CAD drawing software into their work – learn about the emerging technology and see what’s possible when you open the door to digital design and tools into the workshop. And, Christopher Schwarz builds a clever folding bookshelf, based on a historic example of campaign furniture. Learn the tricks to making furniture that folds flat and expands to make a portable and useful shelf with early 20th-century style.

Plus, we review the Shapeoko XL CNC kit, the SensGard Ear Chamber Hearing Protection and the BearKat Wood Chair Scraper; in Letters, George Walker walks us through finding a radius in proportional patterns; toolmaker and blacksmith Seth Gould is profiled in Design Matters; Chad Stanton builds a simple and solid stacking tool caddy in our “I Can Do That” column; in Arts & Mysteries, Peter Follansbee shows us how to make a hard-wearing froe club (and teaches us a lesson about putting off our work); Bob Flexner discusses the various oils used in finishing and their properties; and in our “End Grain” column, Eric Key shows us his beautiful project built from the pages of the magazine, and relates a few lessons he learned in using our “woodworking class in print.”

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Recreating Studley

Jim Moon produced a faithful replica of this iconic cabinet, with a decorative touch or two of his own. by Donald C. Williams pages 34-38 In the world of historic furniture-making, Jim Moon casts a long shadow. He is not only a highly respected furniture maker but also has the remarkable...

Udder Fun

Apply layers of milk paint to add depth and contrast to your work. by Elia Bizzarri pages 39-43 A visitor asked, “Paint over wood? Aren’t you obscuring wood’s natural beauty?” There are two assumptions behind these questions: Wood is naturally beautiful. Paint is thick, looks like plastic and hides whatever it...

A Bench for Kids

Build a small workbench with full-sized features for a budding woodworker. by Jameel Abraham pages 44-50 “The bench is probably the most important item in the workshop.” Those are Charles H. Hayward’s first words in his article “Fitting up the workshop: the bench.” As a woodworking vise manufacturer and bench maker,...

Digital Artistry

How five masterful makers integrate CNC and CAD technology into their woodworking. by Tim Celeski pages 51-57 Woodworking requires a broad set of skills and strategies, and for most, it’s only after mastering the bedrock tools and gaining years of experience that we consider adding digital tools and skills to our...

Folding Campaign Bookshelf

Learn the tricks to making sturdy furniture that folds flat. by Christopher Schwarz pages 58-61 For those with mechanical minds, building furniture that folds into small spaces is great fun. Not only does the piece have to look good and serve its ultimate function as a bookcase, chair or bed, it...

Shapeoko XL CNC Kit

Desktop-sized digital technology priced for the home workshop. by Tim Celeski page 16 Generally, CNCs suited for woodworking have heavy construction for stable motion, precision tracking for accuracy and the power to carve through hard woods easily. They come in sizes from very small to huge and are priced from $3,000-$12,000...

SensGard Ear Chamber Hearing Protection

by Rob Porcaro page 18 Before reading why these SensGard hearing protectors are so good, consider if you share some of the problems I have had with other protectors. I do not like stuffing things into my ear canals, such as foam plugs that must be compressed with often dirty fingers,...

BearKat Wood’s Chair Scraper

by James McConnell page 18 There is no doubt in my mind that a chair scraper from BearKat Wood should be in every chairmaker’s tool chest. Card scrapers have long been the secret clean-up weapon of woodworkers, and it’s clear that this one was designed by someone with an intimate knowledge...

Seth Gould: Explorer in Metal

Meet this expert metalworker, toolmaker and locksmith. by George Walker pages 22-24 Nothing could be simpler than a hammer. That is until you hold one of Seth Gould’s cross-peen hammers and discover the balance and heft of a tool that instantly becomes a part of your arm. Suddenly you have a...