Build a Bench: Think spring with this solid, simple bench made from two 2×10s.

Designed by Andy Rae Written & built by Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk - 03-15-2017

Some woodworkers turn up their noses at 2-by lumber, but it’s a great choice for beginners and for experienced woodworkers who want to enjoy a weekend in the shop. Cypress and cedar are nice, but considering that the pine version can be built for $40, I’m betting that a few woodworkers may recon...

Jewelry Chest: A bureau-top beauty made with layout-free mortising jigs

Geoffrey Noden - 03-15-2017

While studying woodworking in the early 1980’s at the John Makepiece School in England, I was taken by an open-sided chest of drawers at Makepiece’s home. Basically constructed of sticks connecting the four legs, with the drawers exposed, the piece’s delightfully honest architecture exposed it...

Customize a Keyhole with an Inlaid Escutcheon

Chris Hedges - 03-15-2017

When I receive a commission to build a spice box like the one featured in this issue (see p. 49), I always plan to include a custom-made escutcheon for the door’s keyhole. Many escutcheons are designed to be surface mounted, but an inlaid version adds an extra measure of craftsmanship. The escutch...

Build a Classic SPICE BOX Part 2

Chris Hedges - 03-15-2017

The spice box is back! The second (and final) part of this project follows the first installment, which appeared in the previous issue (Feb/Mar 17, Issue #75). In Part 1, I explained how to build the case and fill it with dividers to create compartments for 11 drawers. Then we covered the installati...

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...

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 ...

Layout Tool Cabinet: Treasured hand tools deserve a custom-made case.

Jim Downing - 01-17-2017

The technique I used to build the tool case shown on p. 52 can be adapted for a wide range of other small hand tools—like calipers, bevel gauges, straightedges, and so on. Just follow the directions on the facing page. See the Buyer’s Guide (p. 66) for materials. Built-up panels inside rab...

Compact Lathe Stand: Get the most from your mini lathe with a sturdy, mobile workstation that’s easy to build

David Heim - 11-04-2016

Every lathe deserves a nice stand—a sturdy workstation that won’t wobble or vibrate while you work. This mini lathe stand does a good job of meeting these requirements—and it’s portable. The materials required should leave you with some extra cash to spend on turning tools or nice turning bl...

Cut-Above Cutting Boards: 5 tips guaranteed to make last-minute gifts look anything but cheesy.

Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk, senior editor - 11-04-2016

Cutting boards and trays are some of the most appreciated and easiest last-minute gifts a woodworker can make. Simply saw, sand, apply finish, add a bow, and you’re out the door. The gift-giving season offers a perfect opportunity to make the most of your stash of special offcuts. Wood plays the ...

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