October 2004

Flexner on Finishing: Finish Both Sides? Not Necessary.

Leaving the underside of your tabletop bare doesn’t cause warping. By Bob Flexner Pages: 110-111 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Logic is usually a good guide, but it doesn’t always apply. A case in point is the widely held belief among woodworkers that the way to...

3 Most Essential Tools

You can’t buy them, but you already have at least two. By Jim Tolpin Pages: 102-103 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now When I started woodworking in New Hampshire with my fellow over educated woodbutcher buddies in the late 1960s, one of the most alluring aspects of...

Make Your First Cabriole Legs

Learn to create this classic furniture detail using a template, a band saw and a little lathe work. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 96-100 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now I like the look of the Queen Anne side table shown here mostly because of the elegant...

Four Good Ways to Build Drawers

Christopher Schwarz & David Thiel offer simple, strong and fast ways to make this important furniture component. From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now In woodworking magazines, books and plans there’s almost always an omission that’s big enough to drive a truck through: How to build the drawers for...

Steel-stringed Guitar

Building your first guitar is not just another project; it’s a journey. By Steve Shanesy Pages: 84-89 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Ever since my early days of woodworking, the idea of building a musical instrument has fascinated me. Unlike building cabinets and furniture, the delight...

Block Plane Basics

Get the most out of this versatile hand tool through proper tuning and good technique. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 80-83 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now My tool cabinet contains a number of planes – bench planes for smoothing,shoulder planes for trimming and even a full set...

Hand Plane Cabinet

Hard-working tools deserve a decent place to rest. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 72-79 On certain holidays, such as New Year’s Day, craftsmen in Japan clean their tools, put them on a shrine and offer them gifts such as sake and rice cakes. It is their way of thanking the tools for...

$1,500 Workshop

You don’t have to sacrifice quality to set up an affordable (and complete) workshop. These tools do good work on a budget. By David Thiel Pages: 66-71 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Most woodworkers don’t have the luxury of buying all the tools and machinery for...

3-D Mortising Upgrade

A modified cross-sliding table turns your drill press or benchtop mortiser into a precision boring machine. By David Thiel Pages: 61-65 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Affordable benchtop mortisers have changed the way many woodworkers produce joinery for a variety of projects. By being able to...