A live-edge top and spalted beech doors bring an organic twist to the clean lines of a hanging cabinet that mixes classic and contemporary. Michael Dunbar, the wizard of the Windsor, shows you three innovative joints that will keep your chairs solid no matter how much your sitters lean, plop and squirm; In “Must-Have Router Bits,” Chuck Bender trims away confusion to show you the four router profiles your shop shouldn’t be without. Chuck shows how you can make almost any moulding or cut you need with just a few sizes of each bit’s profile. This month, you’ll also learn how to make a contemporary splay-leg table that looks hard to build — but despite the splay legs, it’s not. “Bookend Inlay” is one of the hallmarks of Federal-period furniture – you’ll learn how to use common tools and a pan of hot sand to make four variations of this design (and in our December issue, you’ll see how to build the rest of the table that features this beautiful inlay).
Looking for inspiration for a fall project? You’ll find plenty as we present the winners of the second annual PWM Excellence Awards, as determined by you and the editors. You’ll love how our Grand-Prize winner used walnut, ebony, olive, ash and dyed sycamore to create remarkable marquetry inside his winning entry.
In this month’s Tool Test, we review the Hammer K3, an Austrian sliding table saw that’s worth the price (which isn’t much more than a typical U.S. cabinet saw); the Angle-Ease, a tilting router base from Woodhaven…and a secret tool to be revealed on Oct. 13. George Walker gives his slant on “Fair Curves” in Design Matters; Peter Follansbee looks at interesting and unusual tools from the past in his Arts & Mysteries column (what – you haven’t used a thixtell?); and in End Grain, Joe McMahon says goodbye to his longtime love (and his wife is still around).
Plus Tricks of the Trade, reader letters and more.