June 2016 #225

The June issue features an Arts & Crafts-inspired maple medicine cabinet, with a clever trick (learned from David T. Smith) that makes the divided-light door a snap. Megan Fitzpatrick shows you step by step how to make this simple but handsome piece.
In “Draw Your Way to Better Woodworking,” David Savage teaches how drawing can help to improve your furniture designs, and how to get started…even if you think you can’t do it. It’s a lesson every student at Savage’s Devon-based furniture school learns.
Christopher Schwarz’s “The First Trestle Tables” are portable, sturdy and easy to build – and while they’re based on medieval designs, they look shockingly modern.
Build a Queen Anne strop box (or stone box) entirely by hand with detailed instruction from Willard “Bill” Anderson – it’s an excellent introduction to hand-tool work, and a fun project for woodworkers of any skill level.
Karl Holtey is now at work on his final production plane – the 984 panel plane – before retiring from his storied career. Kieran Binnie spent a few days with Holtey in his workshop and shares an intimate look at his work (and Holtey’s plans for retirement).

In “Tool Test,” you’ll read about the Powermatic table saw tenon jig (PM-TJ), J. Wilding’s moving fillister plane and the Lee Valley Tools glue pot and tabletop warmer.

In “Arts & Mysteries,” Peter Follansbee shares the story of a 1631 dispute between London’s “joyners” and carpenters (which led to trade regulation); Bob Flexner teaches you all about sealers in “Flexner on Finishing;” George Walker discusses how to use isometric drawings to enhance your visualization skills in “Design Matters;” in “End Grain,” Derek Cohen makes the case for a jointer and band saw as the only tools you need for stock prep; and more.

Arts & Mysteries: Joyners vs. Carpenters, 1631

Period woodworking trades in London were strictly regulated. by Peter Follansbee pages 58-60 I’ve temporarily put down my 5⁄16″ joiner’s mortising chisel in favor of a 2″ chisel for chopping carpenter’s mortises. I’m timber framing a workshop, and while whomping away on 2″-wide mortises, I have time to think. My principal...

sanding sealers

Flexner on Finishing: Sealers – What Are They?

An explanation of this most confusing of finishing treatments. by Bob Flexner pages 52-53 In the late 1980s, I hosted a local call-in radio show dealing with finishing and restoration. I remember one caller explaining that he had applied four coats of tung oil; he asked what he should use to...

End Grain: Jointer Beats Planer for Stock Prep

Combined with a band saw, this is my go-to machine for wood preparation. by Derek Cohen page 54 In “Why Portable Planers are Better” (February 2016, issue #223), Christopher Schwarz presents the case for a planer (“thicknesser,” on my side of the Pacific) in a small shop as the main aid...