Skills and Techniques

  • Asian-Flavored ApprenticeshipAsian-Flavored Apprenticeship

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Aaron Levine's quilted Western maple and lacewood tansu chest offers lessons in veneering, NK-style drawers which are screwed together, and adding wheels, which ...

  • File Joints for a Perfect FitFile Joints for a Perfect Fit

    by Chris Gochnour

    Files are great for removing wood when a joint is almost together—but not quite. A file will delicately trim a joint until it slides home with hand pressure and ...

  • How to Make a Double Bridle JointHow to Make a Double Bridle Joint

    by Ian Godfrey

    Strong and handsome, the double bridle joint is well-suited to a structural role in furniture. The double mortises and interlocking tenons provide a lot of glue ...

  • Juice Up Your JoineryJuice Up Your Joinery

    by Hank Gilpin

    Hank Gilpin fell in love with the mortise-and-tenon more than 40 years ago, and he's been playing with the joint ever since, finding ways to add strength and ramp ...

  • Side-Hung DrawersSide-Hung Drawers

    by Michael Cullen

    Side-hung drawers are grooved on the sides and slide on wooden runners. Since their seasonal movement is almost entirely in height, they are made to fit snugly ...

  • 4 Planes for Joinery4 Planes for Joinery

    by Vic Tesolin

    Specialty planes make it easier to build furniture by hand. By adding a shoulder plane, a router plane, a rabbet plane, and a plow plane to his collection, Vic ...

  • Assembling a Parquetry PatternAssembling a Parquetry Pattern

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Go step by step through Jason Andrew Hernandez's process as he assembles a parquetry pattern for the tabletop he designed. This one depicts farmland as seen from ...

  • Dress Up Your Drawer FrontsDress Up Your Drawer Fronts

    by Steve Latta

    Burl veneer and cock beading work together as beautiful and functional details on period furniture. Steve Latta used these classic design elements in his Federal ...

  • Keep Your Doors ClosedKeep Your Doors Closed

    by Christian Becksvoort

    Take your furniture to the next level with handmade spinner latches. Christian Becksvoort demonstrates two go-to latches for cabinet doors—an interior, back-mounted ...

  • Parquetry LandscapeParquetry Landscape

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Jason Andrew Hernandez crafts intricate parquetry tableaux for his tables and cabinets, fitting together small rectangles of thick, shopsawn veneer in geometric ...

  • Perfect Tenons by MachinePerfect Tenons by Machine

    by Tim Coleman

    When you need to cut a lot of mortise-and-tenon joints, it can pay to take a page from Timothy Coleman's book and treat the whole process as a production challenge. ...

  • Secrets to a Perfect Mitered BoxSecrets to a Perfect Mitered Box

    by Matt Kenney

    What's so hard about making a mitered box? On the face of it, it seems an easy project. But if you want to turn out a beautiful small box, all the details have ...

  • Expressive But Efficient: Dean Pulver's TablesExpressive But Efficient: Dean Pulver's Tables

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Arcs and odd angles abound in Dean Pulver's tables, but he has made dozens of them to the same design. See how he designs the bent laminations and uses different ...

  • Lock Mortises Made EasyLock Mortises Made Easy

    by Michael Pekovich

    Installing a half-mortise lock by hand is a tedious and time-consuming process. So Michael Pekovich designed a routing jig for the shallow mortises, a second routing ...

  • Pocket-Hole Joinery is Fast and StrongPocket-Hole Joinery is Fast and Strong

    by Mark Edmundson

    Inexpensive and easy, pocket-hole joinery enables beginning woodworkers and veterans alike to create strong, versatile joints wherever there's room for a clamp. ...

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