February 2018 #237

The cover story for the February 2018 is Christopher Schwarz’s three-legged folding campaign stool – and he shows you three ways to make the legs (no lathe required for two of them!).

Ben Brunick is a master at making arches – he’s been restoring and making massive windows for a historic South Dakota building. So we asked him to adapt the process to furniture-sized work. He teaches you how to make a “spoil board” then use a router to make arches of any size, whether for a window, door or cabinet front.

In Peter Follansbee’s “17th-Century Desk Box,” you’ll learn the simple joinery that has held these handsome projects together for centuries – and they’re built with just a handful of tools.

You’ll also get inspired by whimsical furniture world of Judson Beaumont’s Straight Line Designs. Read the story behind his practice and get a look at his stunning (and fun) work.

And Willard (Bill) Anderson teaches you how to make three joints by hand as you make some handy shop supports – they’re great for cutting down lumber and sheet goods, or as a workbench in a pinch (with a piece of ply atop them).

In this issue’s “Tool Test,” we try out the new line of REVO cabinet clamps from Bessey, the Lixie Dead Blow Mallet, the new full-size handsaws from Bad Axe Tool Works (the D-8s) and the Texas Heritage Saddle Bag. George Walker encourages you to check out your local house museums for inspiration in “Design Matters,” and Peter Follansbee shares a lunette and floral carving design in a step-by-step pictorial in “Arts & Mysteries.” Bob Flexner explains what orange peel is – and how to avoid it – in “Flexner on Finishing,” and long-time woodworker Bill Murr shares his story of passing on knowledge to a young neighbor in “End Grain.” Plus Tricks of the Trade and more!

Design Matters: Local Hidden Treasure

You might drive by one every day, tucked away from the main road. by George Walker pages 18-20 I drove right by it for years, never suspecting there was a time capsule of American furniture right under my nose. The Spring Hill Historic Home is tucked away out of sight up a...

Arts & Mysteries: Lunette & Floral Carving

This traditional pattern can dress up any panel. by Peter Follansbee pages 60-62 I’ve carved so many oak boxes that I lost track of their number long ago. I’ll sometimes bump into one, or a photograph, and say, “Oh, I forgot I did that one…” But one design I come back...

Causes of Orange Peel

Understand and avoid this common spraying flaw. by Bob Flexner pages 62-63 Orange peel is the most universal defect in a sprayed finish. It is a bumpiness on the surface that resembles the skin of an orange – hence the name. No matter what brand or quality of spray gun you’re...

End Grain: Patience Learned, Not Taught

Youthful energy sparks the experience, but careful work takes time. by Bill Murr page 64 Recently, the young boy a few houses down the street want-ed to make some things out of wood. His father told him that Mr. Bill (that’s me) would be the obvious choice, because “he has made...