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Magnetic Assisted Geometry Furniture

Magnetic Assisted Geometry Furniture

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Magnets offer potential leaps in flat-pack furniture design.

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Birth of a Lee Valley tool

Birth of a Lee Valley tool

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While I was up in Ottawa visiting Lee Valley, I got a chance to see the various design stages of a new Veritas tool, the pipe vise

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Great design from simple geometry

Great design from simple geometry

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The simple straightedge and compass are the architects of some of the best furniture design throughout the ages.

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Good design takes courage

Good design takes courage

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Sometimes the first step to improving your design skills is admitting when your work falls short.

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Speaking of Wood

Speaking of Wood

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Author, musician and custom furniture maker, Tom Fidgen shares his thoughts on working wood at the Unplugged Woodshop.

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The Importance of Wood is Both Its Form and Function

The Importance of Wood is Both Its Form and Function

A humidor will help you store your cigars for months or even years without sacrificing the quality of your smoke. But you have to know what kind of wood to use. Custom Humidor by MWB Studios on CustomMade.com All too often, gift-giving is focused on women and children. Being a woman myself, I tend to like...

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2B or not 2B

2B or not 2B

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Furniture maker Tom Fidgen shares some thoughts about this all to often, overlooked tool in the wood shop. Good design starts right here.

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Laying out curves

Laying out curves

Curves will always add interest to your work. Here are the steps and tools I use to layout and refine the curves I use in my work.

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Box design, with a little help from my friends

Box design, with a little help from my friends

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I came upon a small design challenge when making a box recently. Fortunately, I have some great designers and makers here in the office, so I just asked for help. See how things turned out.

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The Hodge-Podge Desk: Picking the right grain can make or break a design

The Hodge-Podge Desk: Picking the right grain can make or break a design

Designing good-looking furniture includes paying close attention to grain patterns, grain orientation, and color. Roland Johnson will show you the easy way to pick good lumber at his Design to Finish seminar.

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Have a design question? Ask it here.

Have a design question? Ask it here.

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Designing attractive furniture isn't easy. If you have a question about how to get it done, let us know for a chance to have your question answered by one of Fine Woodworking experts in the Q&A section of the magazine.

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Photograph your mock-ups for a better view

Photograph your mock-ups for a better view

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Digital cameras make it easy to get a better view of mock ups. With PhotoShop, you can make a small or partial mock-up life sized and put it in your house.

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Two blogs focus on design

Two blogs focus on design

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I recently discovered two blogs, both by Jamon Schlimgen (a furniture maker). In one, he is post a new design every day for a year. The other is a community blog, where all are welcome to post their designs and get feedback.

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Finally, a Project I Really Want to Build

Finally, a Project I Really Want to Build

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I've always wanted to build a cabinet-on-stand. I'm diving in.

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My Precious! O my Precious!

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Part 2 on teaching furniture design

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Call for Submissions: Get design help from Fine Woodworking and Hank Gilpin

Call for Submissions: Get design help from Fine Woodworking and Hank Gilpin

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Four readers will have their designs critiqued by furniture designer and maker Hank Gilpin. Do you want to be one of them? If so, send us pictures of your work.

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Opening Gambits

Opening Gambits

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Part 1 on teaching furniture design

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Maloof on Design

Maloof on Design

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Editor Asa Christiana interviews Maloof in 2005 on the subject of design. We weren't able to fit this material in the article in issue #179, but these thoughtful answers will be illuminating for fans of Maloof's work.

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Under a Road with Hank Gilpin

Under a Road with Hank Gilpin

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Hank Gilpin does more than design and make beautiful furniture. Take a look at this tunnel under a road he designed. That's right, a tunnel under a road.

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Inspiration: Bob Stocksdale

Inspiration: Bob Stocksdale

Conscious and subconscious sources for woodturnings

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