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 ...

Candle Box: A clever dovetailing approach yields an enlightening gift

Robert Spiece - 11-02-2016

Most woodworkers approach a time in their journey when they say “I’m going to learn how to cut dovetails by hand.” When I came to that conclusion, I began some research. The options? Let’s see: pins first, tails first, chopping waste, coping saw, western saw, Japanese saw, cut to the pencil ...

Flat-Pack Christmas Tree: A woodworker’s solution to sap and needles on the living room floor

Andy Rae - 11-02-2016

In many homes, the Holiday Season includes an evergreen tree that serves as a well-decorated centerpiece for several weeks of festivities. Families who don’t like to deal with watering a real tree or cleaning sap and pine needles off the floor often replace the real thing with a plastic version. B...

Dynamo Men Lamp

John Hutchinson - 11-02-2016

Who wouldn’t want officemates like these guys? Without complaint, or even a coffee break, this crew of two works tirelessly to help keep the light on. In truth, we know that lamps require electricity (just as coworkers require coffee), but this project is still an amusing addition to your workplac...

GO for the Game: Use your joinery skills and a special jig to create an ancient but ever-popular game

Jim Probst - 11-02-2016

Computers started to beat humans at chess in the late 1980s. But the world’s best programmers really struggled to achieve the same success with the game of Go. Originally developed in ancient China, Go is probably the oldest board game in history. Today it enjoys worldwide popularity (see sidebar,...

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