This month’s cover article, from Robert W. Lang, executive editor, teaches you step by step in “Craftsman Wardrobe” how to build Gustav Stickley’s No. 624 wardrobe (the interior could easily be reconfigured for use as a media cabinet, hanging storage – whatever you need to stow); Christopher Schwarz shares his quick and easy fix for making a cheap coping saw perform like a champ, plus tips for successful sawing, in “Improve a Coping Saw”; in “Mid-century Coffee Table,” Mario Rodriguez shows you his clever and simple technique for basket-weave veneer used atop a handsome piece that looks great in the modern home; Chuck Bender, senior editor, helps you move beyond the limits of your router (or shaper) bits and make mouldings of any size using the table saw, core-box bits and a couple of handplanes in “Massive Mouldings.”
You’ll learn from Derek Olson how to replicate André Roubo’s 18th-century veneer press in “Roubo’s Bench Vise” – and adapt it to suit your clamping needs; in “Painted Bucket Bench,” Catharine Kennedy teaches you how to make a simple bucket bench from home center pine, then how to apply faux graining with vinegar paint to make it look like a far more expensive piece; and, in “Danish Modern,” by Linda Rosengarten, you’ll meet Ejler Hjorth-Westh, a woodworker, boatbuilder and more from Denmark who now teaches woodworking at the College of the Redwoods.
In this month’s Tool Test, we review the SuperMax 19-38 Drum Sander, Abortech’s TurboPlane and Min-Turbo and Freud’s Diablo general purpose and crosscut finish 10″ saw blades; George Walker discusses how to modify a design in Design Matters; Bob Rozaieski show you how to build a traditional miter square in Arts & Mysteries; Bob Flexner shows you how to match color on wood with an existing object or a photo in Flexner on Finishing; and in End Grain, Ethan Sincox shares his essay on woodworking at the lunch table in “Take Your Home to Work.”
Plus Tricks of the Trade, reader letters and more.