Article Index Michael Dunbar

Planecraft, Part I: Scrub, Jack & Smooth Planes

Basic strokes to get you planing like a pro in no time. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 62-67 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Bench planes are the most versatile of woodworking tools. In “Handplanes for Beginners” in the June 2007 issue (#162), I explained bench-plane basics. In...

Shooting Boards

Small work is safer – and easier – to size with a handplane and shooting board. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 62-65 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now I have been a woodworker for 38 years and I still have all my fingers on both hands. My fingers...

Milk Paint

This traditional paint looks great on any project – and it’s simple to use. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 44-48 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Woodworkers have been painting their furniture for thousands of years. During that time, they have used many different types of paints. In...

Understand & Use a Bowsaw

These traditional tools are woefully misunderstood by modern craftsmen. Here’s a primer. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 34-37 From the October 2010 issue # 185 Buy this issue now In the 1970s when I was the young, innocent and naive chairmaker at Strawbery Banke, a museum in Portsmouth, N.H., 50,000 tourists passed through my shop...