Techniques

Wicked Sharp

Wicked Sharp For the ultimate edge, use a leather strop. By Alan Turner I have a special set of chisels that I only use for paring. To do a good job, they have to be wicked sharp— and stay that way. My secret weapon isn’t a fabulously expensive honing stone. It’s...

AW Extra 5/8/14 – Arts & Crafts Inlay

Arts & Crafts Inlay Make intricate patterns of silver and ebony using a Dremel. By Joe Johnston   Ebony and silver—black and white—are a stunning combination. The architects Charles and Henry Greene, masters of Arts & Crafts detail, used these materials to create intricate inlay for their furniture. They also used...

AW Extra 4/24/14 – Gimbal Jig

Gimbal Jig How to use a plunge router to scoop out a curved seat. By Alan Turner   OK, how do you make a concave seat? I designed a stool quite a while ago that called for one, but I stalled out trying to decide what approach to take. I considered...

Hot Pipe Bending

Hot Pipe Bending Shape wood with a propane torch. By Garrett Glaser Here’s a simple, but effective way to bend thin stock (1/4″ thick or less). The only tools you need are a length of 1-1/2″ galvanized pipe, a propane torch, a jig to hold them both, and a fire extinguisher–just...

Butterfly Inlay

Butterfly Inlay Make a perfect fit with a shop-made template. By Tom Caspar Don’t you just love it when something that looks extremely difficult turns out to be oh-so easy? Making butterfly inlay with a plunge router is a good example. The technique is very easy to learn. All it takes...

AW Extra 3/27/14 – Precision Squares

Precision Squares How to use our favorite setup tools By Richard Tendick Every woodworker falls in love with some favorite tools now and then. I count on my faithful set of precision squares every day, from milling the first rough board to installing the last brass hinge. They’re the solid foundation...

Thermally Modified Wood

A remarkable drying process gives wood a new character. By Chad Stanton Some day, you’ll be able to build an outdoor project with a new kind of wood, grown right here in America, which resists decay, stays absolutely flat and is totally free of chemicals. Sound too good to be true? Well, that day...

AW Extra 3/20/14 – Wipe-On/Rub-Off Finishing

Wipe-On/Rub-Off Finishing This two-step process guarantees flawless results. By Kevin Southwick No brush marks, drips, runs, bubbles, hairs, dust or orange peel— and beautiful results every time. For most furniture projects, it doesn’t get easier than using a wipe-on/ rub-off finishing process. This two step method eliminates all the usual problems...