Article Index Adam Cherubini

Arts & Mysteries: Advanced Chisel Techniques

When you know what you’re doing, chisels can be wonderfully helpful tools. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 82-86 From the June 2005 issue #148 Buy this issue now If all you want to do with your chisels is adjust machine-cut joints or slice glue drips, any technique or tool will work. This...

Arts & Mysteries: The Striking Knife

Discover a nearly extinct tool that can help you work faster and more accurately. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 32-34 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now As preposterous as the notion seems, the historical record suggests cabinetmakers working in dim shops with hand tools were able to produce...

Arts & Mysteries: Period Sharpening

An experiment uncovers cutting edges of the past. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 34-36 From the November 2006 issue #158 Buy this issue now “How did they sharpen their tools back then?” I’ve asked this question myself and I have been asked the question, and I’ve never felt comfortable with any answer....

Arts & Mysteries: The Mystery of Saw Teeth

Pitch, rake, fleam and set all contribute to the performance of your tool. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 28-30 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now A recent review of dovetail saws in a competing magazine discussed the attributes of different saws as if their characteristics were mystically endowed...

Arts & Mysteries: The Mystery of Try Squares

Here’s a clue: Only two faces need be 90°. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 32-35 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now Furniture makers in the 18th century used shop-made wooden try squares. Though subject to wear and seasonal movement, these squares produced some of the world’s finest woodwork....

Arts & Mysteries: The Charles Plumley Inventory

Documentary sources teach us about traditional woodworking. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 32-35 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now In my shop, tradition fills in where experience and education are lacking. So, I find it helpful to learn as much as I can about traditional woodworking. Studying 18th-century...

Arts & Mysteries: Making and Using Sawhorses

Start your woodworking education right. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 30-33 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now What’s the best sort of workbench to build? What hand tools should I buy first? How many coats of polyurethane are needed to stop a board from cupping? Arts & Mysteries...

Arts & Mysteries: The ‘Ultimate’ Hand Tool Shop

Perfection doesn’t exist. But you can come close. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 34-37 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now One of the first things any beginning woodworker must do is set up a workshop. Like so many other things a novice woodworker must do, the preparation of...

Arts & Mysteries: The Standing Desk, Finished

Built with traditional joinery and tools, this year-long project looks at home in an 18th-century shop. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 24-27 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now This is the last article in my year-long series on building a standing desk for my shop. In this article...