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  • How To Build Frame-and-Panel Doors by HandHow To Build Frame-and-Panel Doors by Hand

    by Andrew Hunter

    The doors on Andrew Hunter's country hutch are rock solid. The rails and stiles are joined with haunched through-tenons, which are suited to hand-tool woodworking ...

  • How To Cut Compound-Angle DovetailsHow To Cut Compound-Angle Dovetails

    by Chris Gochnour

    After you’ve mastered the basic dovetail, you can try more complicated variations, such as the compound-angle type. Chris Gochnour demonstrates that making a compound-angle ...

  • Tradition with a TwistTradition with a Twist

    by Jonathan Binzen

    The rules of joinery and wood movement are observed in John Lee's curvy chest of drawers, even as the maker cast aside all traditional notions of design. Learn ...

  • How To Build Perfect DrawersHow To Build Perfect Drawers

    by Gerald Curry

    Follow these steps by seasoned furniture maker Gerald Curry to build drawers that are solid and stable, made to fit each pocket precisely. From the basics of construction ...

  • Drawbored TenonsDrawbored Tenons

    by Steve Latta

    Drawboring a mortise-and-tenon joint means offsetting the hole in the tenon so that the pin pulls the parts together tightly—and permanently. If your tenon shoulders ...

  • How to Carve a Ball-and-Claw FootHow to Carve a Ball-and-Claw Foot

    by Allan Breed

    Carve a Newport ball-and-claw foot with guidance from Cartouche Award winner Allan Breed. Gauges help with an accurate layout, and gouges do the carving. After ...

  • How to Understand Wood MovementHow to Understand Wood Movement

    by Gerald Curry

    Even if you build your projects to accommodate wood movement and choose the best materials for each part, there will be times when you'll need to be more exact ...

  • Prevent Springback in Bent LaminationsQ & A: Prevent Springback in Bent Laminations

    by Adrian Ferrazzutti

  • Size Turnings with a Gate JigQ & A: Size Turnings with a Gate Jig

    by Christian Becksvoort

  • Simple Trick for Cleaner Dovetail JointsVideo: Simple Trick for Cleaner Dovetail Joints

    with Bob Van Dyke

    Learn a simple technique for super-tight dovetails

  • Enliven Surfaces with ParquetryEnliven Surfaces with Parquetry

    by Craig Thibodeau

    Jazz up veneered panels with a diamond or herringbone pattern. This technique requires few tools and works with almost any veneer. Simply start with a stack of ...

  • Flawless Hinges in Fine FurnitureFlawless Hinges in Fine Furniture

    by Steve Latta

    Although a butt hinge consists of little more than two pieces of metal connected by a knuckle joint, it can provide a lifetime of service in anything from cabinets ...

  • How to Cut Perfect Dovetails with TapeHow to Cut Perfect Dovetails with Tape

    by Michael Pekovich

    Learn how ordinary blue painter's tape can help you cut tight-fitting dovetails every time. Michael Pekovich's method has been tested on novice woodworkers and ...

  • How to Fit an Inset DoorHow to Fit an Inset Door

    by Steve Latta

    Learn a foolproof approach to fitting an inset door. All you need is basic handplaning skills and this step-by-step method. This is a companion article to Steve ...

  • How to Get Two Curves from One StickHow to Get Two Curves from One Stick

    by Jonathan Binzen

    See how Greg Klassen crafts the split and bent-laminated back on his side chair....

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