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Some topics don’t get a lot of coverage in the magazine: mixed-media furniture, segmented turnings, large Shaker cabinets, Tansu chests, Windsor chairs, Federal sideboards, and Newport blockfront chests of drawers, etc. Which would you be most interested in reading about?
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I have been waiting for years for someone to build a Krenov-style chest on stand with mule legs and let FW show us how it is done. I have wanted to make one of these but I can never get those curved legs to look right. I even once wrote to you asking this very thing but I was told I would have to wait for someone to submit a feature article with plans and construction techniques. I hope you will reconsider this request as I feel certain there are other intermediate level woodworkers who are interested in such a piece.
The ONE thing I would love to see in your articles about the construction of a particular piece is a simplified bill of materials. I am a learning woodworker and still have a tough time figuring out how much wood a project would require. I have one book of plans that just states "x feet of primary wood and y feet of secondary wood." Something as simple as this would help me a lot. Other magazines put in cut diagrams, but, as helpful as these are, I don't think you need to go that far. Thank you for everything else you do so well. Lawrie
I would like to see a wider variety of things. If I look at my bookshelf, then at your magazine I think I might see a difference -- your magazine has more simple things at times. If want innovative, cutting-edge projects, I tend to see them more in some other publications. While FWW is great, I want more innovation in the projects -- not just pretty pictures of things someone made. My vote was for the Windsor Chair. But see, you didn't ask for new thoughts, you asked for votes of selected items.
I would like to see more articles on using different types of wood together in a project. That is, the aesthetics of design and the different movement and joinery techniques.
Its always great to see reproductions of time gone past pieces,it would be great to also see woodworkers idea's on how they would take these pieces and ad a modern twist to make it their own,this idea might lead to the next period of furniture.
Its also great to see bending and inlay projects,such as marquetry.
A new series of monthly articles on how to make home made woodworking machines for your shop out of mostly wood would save us all a pretty penny.
Always remember guys and gals when some one asks you what you do as a trade or hobby the correct answer is i bring dead wood back to life that's the key.
An article on application of wood hardener (e.g., MinWax) to spalted wood and subsequent finishing techniques would interest me. My recent first and only experience with some spalted curly bigleaf maple wasn't the best. What is the best way to deal with isolated softer spots that keep soaking up the hardener? When do you stop applying more coats and call it quits? What is the best way to remove the dried product without ruining a lot of sandpaper? What is the best finish for protecting spalted wood? Thanks.
I have two ideas for articles. First I'd like to see one thorough article on dust collection fittings that focuses on products rather than layout, and makes it easy to buy the products you recommend. My frustration here is with the lack of manufacturers standardization and the unimaginative products being offered.
Second, I'd like a article on how to glue up case goods when you only have 2 hands. In spite of the many articles I've read, I'm still missing the point. Every case is a struggle.
I have been a little disappointed with the last two issues. Less emphasis on building pieces and more on techniguies are more to my liking. For example, combining the dont suffer article with the best ever outfeed table, then comparing to the clean cuts in plywood, Mr. White uses a guide to cut large pieces with a skilsaw rather than shoving a full sheet thru the table saw. For older guys and those working in garages (the majority of readers), we dont have the luxury of a true shop. The guide system in crosscuts basically
eliminates tearout for example.
The articles by Michael Fortune have been very helpful and the more the better. Ditto for Stuart Lipp.
I'll miss him. However, I think I learned all the woodworking tips that I can get out of his shows. We need to arrange protection for WoodWright shop.
Go on a lumber run with Matt Kenney and he'll show you how he reads a stack of lumber to help him find the perfect board
The Shakers had this diminutive design pegged
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
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