Stacking Bookcases

Make Boxes to fit your books – and your space The typical bookcase is a good example of poor design. We make them that way because that’s the way we’ve always made them; almost every plan you see [...]

Combination Squares

Choosing and using this must-have measuring and layout tool. In 1878, Laroy S. Starrett designed and patented the combination square. His invention was a multi-purpose layout and measuring tool [...]

A New Manual for Biscuit Joiners

The 27 time-tested techniques to tame this often-tricky tool. by Robert W. Lang from the February 2007 issue The biscuit joiner is one of those tools that promises to make life so much easier. [...]

Another 21st Century Workbench

Every day I receive dozens of e-mails. Everyone suffers from this affliction, but when you’re on the staff of a magazine you’re an attractive target for photographers, illustrators, [...]

Circular Cutting Board

by Robert W. Lang A well-equipped kitchen deserves to have a nice maple cutting board, especially if the kitchen is in a woodworking household. The cutting board may be an animal-shaped survivor [...]

The Manufactory, Our Local Makerspace

A couple of weeks ago, we took an afternoon field trip to “The Manufactory” a makerspace here in the Cincinnati area. Back in June we visited two makerspaces in Columbus (read about [...]

Best Veneer of the Year

The IWF and AWFS show (held in alternating years in Atlanta and Las Vegas) are known as places where machinery manufacturers and industry suppliers show their latest products. One of the [...]

SketchUp Class With Bob Lang, Sept. 8-12

I will be teaching a week-long SketchUp class  September 8-12, 2014 at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. If you want to get a better understanding of the 3D modeling [...]

Makerspaces for Woodworkers

  When I think of a hobbyist woodworker I tend to think of a middle aged guy with a mix of tools parked in a corner of a basement or garage. That’s the demographic of our readers, more or [...]

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