pg. 21 Handmade Block Plane
You can do it! Transform a block of wood into a useful and beautiful hand tool.
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Staying Sharp: Enjoy The Journey
Tim Snyder - 01-19-2017
There was some debate about putting this issue’s cover project in the magazine.
“A spice box is way too complicated.”
“We’ll never be able to cover all the steps in a single issue.”
“Can we really afford all the drawings we’ll need for this project?”
So what tipped the scales ...
DISTRESS Done Right: 3 great ways to add years of character (in about a day) with Black Dog paints
Susan Hudson - 01-19-2017
Not too many years ago, if an old piece of furniture started to show its age—a few too many scrapes, scars, or some patches of peeling paint—it was dunked in a dip tank, stripped bare, and completely refinished; or tossed to the back of the barn. Times have certainly changed. Today, designers se...
A Pro’s Guide to CUT LISTS: This list of parts and sizes can hinder or help you, depending on the information you put into it
Paul Anthony, senior editor - 01-19-2017
It’s a classic beginner blunder: you follow a published cut list for a project, carefully sizing all the parts as stated. Then, when you go to assemble them, you find that a lot of them don’t fit. This can be an expensive mistake if you’ve miscut premium lumber, and it’s a perfect example of...
Profiles: Marc Spagnuolo.
Chad McClung - 01-18-2017
WC: 10 years ago, when you started The Wood Whisperer, you were filling a void. There wasn’t much information available in the way that you were creating it. But these days the internet is inundated with woodworking education. What do you do to keep relevant?
MS: My goals are to b...
Build a Classic SPICE BOX: Part 1
Chris Hedges - 01-18-2017
Today you could easily use a spice box to store many things besides spices. But to appreciate the importance that this classic creation has for woodworkers, you have to go back several centuries, when spice boxes were true to their name. Back then, spices were a luxury that only the wealthy could af...
Famous Furniture: Sack Back Windsor Chair
Mike Dunbar - 01-18-2017
Circa 1700 an anonymous English chairmaker came up with a novel idea—to build a chair with a solid wooden seat. Early on the name Windsor was attached, but in spite of fanciful explanations, we don’t know why. By 1740 these new chairs were being made in Philadelphia. By the Revolution, the craft...
Wood Sense: Spotlight on PADAUK
Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk, senior editor - 01-18-2017
Ironically, the chemical cocktail that makes African Padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii) distasteful to insects and fungi contributes to the color that makes it practically irresistible to woodworkers. One of the most strikingly colorful woods, padauk is widely esteemed for its bold red-and-orange heartw...
Adjustable Trivet: Turn your wooden leftovers into a versatile coaster for casseroles
Russ Svendsen - 01-17-2017
A trivet is a great gift and an appropriate way to express appreciation to any cook in your life. And this is no ordinary trivet. In addition to being a lovely thing to look at, it adjusts in length to support anything from a small pot to a 9 × 13" casserole dish. (Of course, you can easily adjust ...