December 2010

Cross-grain Solutions

Methods to prevent cross-grain splits in traditional solid wood case construction. By Alan Turner Pages: 42-45 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now What is obvious to the seasoned furniture maker often escapes the attention of the newer, aspiring maker. This is especially true when it comes to recognizing and...

Line & Berry Chest of Drawers

IThough not traditional, router patterns make quick work of the inlay. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 32-41 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now In southeastern Pennsylvania, just northwest of Philadelphia, is Chester County. It was one of the original three counties formed by William Penn in 1682, under a...

Design Matters: Great Legs

Play with proportion to achieve pleasing design. By George R. Walker Pages: 26-27 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now The black stallion’s name was Step. Marvin, the only man I ever saw ride him, called him simply “the horse,” his raspy Southern voice pausing for emphasis. I was 5...

Tool Test: A Better Brad-point Bit

By Glen D. Huey Page: 22 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now When I grab a brad-point bit to drill a hole, I don’t give much thought to the design of the bit and to the finer intricacies of just how holes are drilled. But the...

Tool Test: Value in Chisels made in the U.S.A.

By Robert W. Lang Page: 22 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now Six months ago, I went looking for a new set of chisels. I wanted wood handles and I also wanted tools that didn’t taper too much at the sides. That’s a popular feature these...

Tool Test: Bickford Moulding Planes

From high finance to high-quality planes. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 20 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now Vintage moulding planes are tricky beasts. Typically the wood is warped, the irons are misshaped and the wedges are beat to snot. So it’s no wonder that people struggle...

On the Level: What I Learned at Woodworking in America

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now I just spent three days teaching handtool techniques at our Woodworking in America conference and my staff members are now trying to keep their eyes open long enough to get this issue looking good, reading...