Article Index Robert W. Lang

Voysey Mantel Clock

Build this sleek, contemporary-looking design from 1895. By Robert W. Lang Pages 22-29 Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857-1941) was one of the eminent architects and designers of the British Arts & Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Voysey designed complete environments, including textile and wallpaper patterns. His work influenced American...

Woodworking Essentials: Hand-stitched Rasps

Learn how to choose and use these essential shaping tools. By Robert W. Lang Pages 50-54 Rasps are simple tools, yet incredibly versatile. With a good rasp, you can remove band saw marks from a curved surface, shape a cabriole leg, round over an edge, tweak a tenon and modify a mortise. Powered by...

Bosch Trim Router Plunge Base Tool Test

By Robert W. Lang Page 14 In 2005, Bosch introduced a new laminate trimmer that eventually became know as the Colt. Powerful and user-friendly, it quickly became a favorite in our shop and in shops across the country. At the time, I suggested to Bosch that they needed to make a...

Woodworking Essentials: Measure, Mark & Lay Out

Double-check your tools, your technique and your thinking. By Robert W. Lang Pages 58-60 One of the most important skills in woodworking is rarely discussed or considered as a thing that needs to be learned or practiced. The basic skills of measuring and its close cousin, layout, are essential to produce quality work. As...

Bosch 23-gauge Pin Nailer Tool Test

By Robert W. Lang Page 18 Whenever I use a 23-gauge pneumatic pin nailer, I feel like I’m cheating. It is a fast, easy and reliable way to attach moulding or other parts without much need to disguise the evidence. The slim fasteners leave tiny holes behind that are nearly invisible....

End Grain: Past Imperfect

If anyone ever sees that, they’re looking too closely. By Robert W. Lang Page 64 I spend a lot of time looking at antique furniture, often from below. My interest is pieces made about 100 years ago, from the Arts & Crafts period of the early 20th century. I share a passion with those...

Dale Barnard: Handing Down Tradition

A journey from carpenter to furniture maker to teacher. By Robert W. Lang Pages 32-37 Dale Barnard got an early start in woodworking and he paid his dues the old-fashioned way. As a teenager, Dale worked for his father and learned on the job. Apprentices in trim carpentry literally start at the bottom, running...