A wardrobe from English furniture maker Harris Lebus served craftperson Nancy Hiller a starting point for an Arts & Crafts bookcase that uses straightforward joinery without sacrificing sophistication. You'll learn an innovative way to install a bottom in large cabinets and discover how Hiller mimics (without ammonia) a classic Arts & Crafts finish — and more. You don't need an expensive custom handplane — surprising words coming from Raney Nelson, a maker of custom handplanes. Top-quality manufactured planes do just as well most of the time, so why would you want to spend more money? In “Apologia for the Custom Handplane,” Nelson pulls back the curtain on custom handplanes to show you how these tools are optimized for superb performance of a single task. Christopher Schwarz presents a simple way of thinking about finger joints as you build a “Japanese Sliding-lid Box.” This useful project — based on a toolbox owned by a Japanese carpenter — teaches you the secrets of tight-fitting hand-cut finger joints, tells you why it's a good idea to secure the joinery with hide glue and explains how to “dovetail” nails to keep a box bottom secure for years. World-renowned artist and woodworker Toshio Odate's life has been a study in change and contrast. Monumental sculptures, delicate shoji screens. Precise movements of a chisel, slicing giant logs with a roaring chainsaw. John Kelsey looks at how Odate, now 85, has traveled the world to come full circle to his roots as a simple shokunin, or craftsman. In “Tool Test,” the editors put the Grizzly G0790 benchtop planer through its paces, test the Vesper Double Square and try out Tools For Working Wood's Jennings-pattern auger bits. In “Arts & Mysteries,” Peter Follansbee shows how making a basket often begins with the precise application of a sledgehammer; Bob Flexner teaches you four things you need to know about finishing in “Flexner on Finishing”; George Walker reveals drawing strategies for design in “Design Matters”; in “End Grain,” Kenneth Royal ponders how to stay true to the conditions of a gift from his grandmother, and more.