October 2017 #234

The cover story for our October issue is Christopher Schwarz’s Gateleg Table – it might look like something out of a contemporary furniture store, but the form has been around since at least the 18th century; his version features a painted poplar base and a stunning wide-board walnut top and leaves. James Hamilton shares step-by-step instruction for his MegaSled – a crosscut table saw sled that handles almost any typical task, plus – with the addition of a handful of clever accessories (coming in the November 2017 issue), it does just about everything except vacuum the shop. Learn all about André Jacob-Roubo’s Parquetry Jigs in an article from Don Williams, and how these period hand-tool appliances can help you create top-notch parquetry in your shop. Build a Charles Rennie Mackintosh tea table that bridges Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau with the help of Michael Crow. And, find out what woodworking books have inspired 10 of today’s up-and-coming craftspeople.

Plus, we take a look at Oneida’s Dust-Free Router hood, Kreg’s Accu-Cut circular saw attachment and Corradi Rasps in Tool Test; in Letters, our editor shows you how she sharpens smooth plane irons with a slight camber using only stones; George Walker shares how small design changes make a big impact in furniture design in his Design Matter column; in Arts & Mysteries, Peter Follansbee writes about the tools you need for spoon carving; Bob Flexner shares 10 fixes for common finishing problems in Flexner on Finishing; and in End Grain, Jonas Jensen shares how to be an excellent builder…in your imagination.

Why Spoons, Why Now?

Carving out a connection with tradition and with each other. by Peter Follansbee pages 22-24 In August 2016, I attended the 5th annual Spoonfest, the largest international gathering of spoon carvers, in Edale, Derbyshire, England. More than 200 people came from far and wide to spend anywhere from three to six...

10 Finishing Tips & Tricks

Solutions for common situations, from softening edges to stripping. by Bob Flexner pages 66-68 Here are 10 tips and tricks you might use to both speed your finishing and get better results. I’ve arranged them in the rough order of typical finishing steps. Soften Sharp Edges Machining wood leaves edges sharp....

I Am a Couch Builder – End Grain

The best measure of success comes in the doing. by Jonas Jensen page 72 I don’t know if I am alone in this matter, but I have to admit that quite often I consider myself a couch builder. Maybe you know the drill yourself. You sit on a couch and read a...