woodworking Techniques

AW Extra 5/15/14 – Precision 3-Wall Scribes

Precision 3-Wall Scribes A simple template guarantees a perfect fit. By Brad Holden Fitting a countertop between two side walls and a back wall is one of the most challenging installations you will ever face. Experienced cabinetmakers can do this with ease by marking and scribing straight to the countertop, but...

Friday at Brad’s Bench May 9th

A Little Bit of Buried Treasure   A friend of mine had an old two-seater Adirondack chair that she figured was rotting and ready for the landfill. But she liked it so much, that she asked me to copy it for her, but build it using composite decking material. Not my...

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...

Friday at Brad’s Bench May 2nd

Cordless Jointer.  Yup, it's late. But it's still Friday. It's been a whirlwind of a week. While working on a project today, I got to use one of my favorite techniques. Most seasoned woodworkers are well aware of this one, but not everyone is a seasoned woodworker, and this is just...

Friday at Brad’s Bench April 25th

Not Exactly At The Bench Browsing my local Woodcraft supply store today. Turns out they're now distributing Shapton sharpening products. If you're not familiar with them, they are the cream of the crop ceramic stones. I was drooling over their glass-backed versions today. I'll be talking more about these, their traditional...

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...

Friday at Brad’s Bench April 18th

The Right Boards  I've been planning out a bowfront wall cabinet with coopered doors for a few months. Originally, I was set on making it of walnut or cherry – two of my favorite woods to work with because they're very hand-tool friendly. I took a trip to the local lumberyard,...

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...