February 2009

Out of the Woodwork: A Puzzling Beginning

How one woodworker got over her fear of dismemberment: more fear. By Micaela R. Evans Page: 80 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now Industrial Technology. That was the name of the course I took in the autumn of 1993. Beats me as to why it was entitled...

Great Woodshops: Using Wood to Make Waves

Reuben Margolin uses scraps to explore science, nature and math. By Raphael Rosen Pages: 74-77 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now At this moment, Reuben Margolin is building a gigantic wooden sculpture that moves. It’s titled “Yellow Linear Wave,” and is one of his many creations –...

Flexner on Finishing: Finishing Cherry

Some straight talk about cherry and blotching. By Bob Flexner Pages: 70-72 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now When I opened my furniture-making and restoration shop in 1976, the woods considered best for high-end furniture were walnut and mahogany. Of course, oak and maple were also used,...

D.L. Barrett & Sons Planemakers

Meet the young (he’s just 18) and skilled hands behind a near-perfect tool. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 66-69 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now While modern carpenters might show off at the jobsite by driving up in a fully loaded pickup truck, the 19th-century cabinetmaker did the...

The Barnsley Hay Rake Table

Inspired by the agricultural tools of rural England, this massive oak table is awash in hand-worked details. By Don Weber Pages: 60-65 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now As a young fellow growing up in the countryside of Wales, I clambered over many a farm wagon, climbed into many a...

Four Ways to Make Tapered Legs

We explore methods to help you find the one that works best. By Keith Neer, Glen D. Huey, Robert W. Lang & Christopher Schwarz Pages: 55-59 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now It’s true! From working with hand tools, to powering up stationary machinery, to any combination...

The Art of Making Dovetailed Drawers

Fine furniture calls for an elegant drawer. A master cabinetmaker shares his approach to design and fitting. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 50-54 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now There are just a few things my partner at Philadelphia Furniture Workshops, Alan Turner, and I don’t see eye-to-eye...

Shaker Stepback

A classic furniture form revised for 21st-century entertainment. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 42-49 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now I have a love-hate relationship with my television. I love (too much, perhaps) to watch shows, but I hate having the TV out in the open as the...