June 2017 #232

Caleb James’ Folding Lounge Chair – an homage to Hans Wegner – is the cover story for the June issue in the first of a two-parter. Here, he shows you how to build the frame of this Danish Modern-inspired piece (in the August 2017 issue, he’ll show how to weave the paper cord seat and back).

Alf Sharp shares his technique for a French polish that looks traditional but takes a shortcut – plus, he cuts through some of the mystery surrounding this historic finish.

In Dovetailed Dustpan, Christopher Schwarz teaches some of tricks for better dovetails as he builds a practical and stylish shop project – and no worries if your joinery isn’t perfect. Either way, it’ll end up in the trash (so to speak).

Chairmaker Greg Pennington shows how to drill compound angles correctly every time with the help of inexpensive line lasers – plus an excerpt from Peter Galbert’s “Chairmaker’s Notebook” helps you get the best grind on your drill bits to make the mortising work go smoothly.

Meet Robert and Yvonne Van Norman and take a tour of Inside Passage – their British Columbia school for cabinetmakers that is inspired by the legendary James Krenov.

Plus, we take a look a Axe Carbide turning tools, 3M deburring wheels and Buck Bros. chisels in Tool Test; Peter Follansbee shares his new shop in Arts & Mysteries; Bob Flexner comments on the EPA and regulations on paint strippers; and Daniel Clausen writes about his experience taking a beginner woodworking class in End Grain.

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Arts & Mysteries: More Windows than Walls

Determining patterns of work in a new shop. by Peter Follansbee pages 58-60 I’m in the last stages of building my workshop. When I first planned the building, I knew where the workbench, lathe and tool chest would go, but all the minor details were left until the building was ready....

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Flexner on Finishing: The EPA & Paint Strippers

Is this government agency overreaching the bounds of its evidence? by Bob Flexner pages 62-63 This article is an opinion piece on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed regulation on the paint strippers we have available; I think the government agency is going too far. If you wish to learn more...

End Grain – ‘Individualists Unite!’

After a woodworking course, this student has tools, a chest – and friends. by Daniel Clausen pg. 64 Last spring I took my first woodworking course, an “Introduction to Hand Tool Woodworking.” The class promised to teach students to fix up some tools and build a tool chest – but I...