Category Archives: Techniques

The Most Eco-friendly Waterbase Finish I’ve Used

Unfettered by tradition or dogma, woodworking students can have occasional flashes of brilliance. To wit: During a class last week at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking, I noticed that two of the students were using a waterbase finish I’d … Continue reading

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A Different Drawer

Woodworking writers love to get to the end of the story where they can simply state: Build the drawers in the usual manner and apply your favorite finish. And enjoy! This is, by the way, a bit of laziness or … Continue reading

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The Candy-Bottom Wuss Girl Guide to Drawboring

I admit it: I can be a total weenie when it comes to drawboring. Unlike Peter Follansbee I am overly fearful, cautious and timid. When Peter drawbores a joint, he uses no glue. He uses no clamps. He uses hand-tapered … Continue reading

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We Don’t Need You

“Unless you think you can do better than Tolstoy, we don’t need you.” — James Michener

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Tool Chest Finish: Make it Stick

When it comes to finishing a tool chest, I feel a bit like Henry Ford. I like any tool chest finish as long as it’s paint. That said, my finishing procedure outlined in “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” has bemused some … Continue reading

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Make a Table or Stool: Part 1

Design brief: Before commencing on any design other than a copy a design brief must be prepared. A design brief is a collection of all the data relevant to the construction and use of the article and the design is … Continue reading

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Some Dovetails from the 15th Century

When I first learned about dovetails, the tale was that this mechanical joint was one of the things that helped transform the squat furniture of the Jacobean era into the soaring vertical styles of the 18th century. The problem with … Continue reading

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