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In this episode, Matt begins on the drawers, fitting the fronts and laying out for the half-blind and through dovetails
In this episode, Matt finishes the dovetailed partition, and glues in the dividers finishing off the internal structural elements
In this video, Matt tackles the first part of the drawer partition, the dado, using only hand tools.
In this episode Matt adds haunches to the dividers and fits them to the case dados. He also shows how to create the bottom drawer runner.
Matt starts constructing the dividers using bridle joints and mortise and tenons. As always, he shows a methodical way of perfectly fitting tenons right off the tablesaw.
Matt enlists the help of NBSS student Grant Burger to tackle the case glue-up, demonstrating not only proper procedure for gluing up and clamping, but the mindset for such a daunting glue-up.
In this episode we head into the machine room as Matt tackles the stopped dadoes and rabbets of the case on the tablesaw. Then back to the bench room to finesse everything with hand tools.
Bringing the case dovetails to a close, Matt shows you how he creeps up to the perfect dovetail fit using a method he calls "chasing the smudge"
In this video Matt tackles the tails, starting out with one of the most important aspects of dovetailing, the transfer
A room full of built-ins doesn’t have to be symmetrical and standardized. The space can have plenty of shapes, tones, and textures to please the eye and attract the touch.…
White-oak bed is loaded with Stickley style and topped off with traditional inlay
Router jig simplifies complex chair joinery
6 techniques to keep drawers flush year-round
A guide to setting up and using these rewarding tools
Increase the precision of crosscuts and tablesawn joinery
Tackle the inlaid head- and footboard of Kevin Rodel’s Arts and Crafts bed. The design is based on Glasgow-style motifs and requires several templates for the curved channels and the…
Compact design gets its strength and rigidity from clever interlocking joinery
This wall-mounted tool chest has space for every conceivable hand tool. Four layers of storage, to be exact: in the deep main doors, on a pair of shallow inner doors,…
The card scraper is your the first tool to grab to clean up any plane tracks or minor tear out left behind by your planes
Shaker-inspired design is comfortable and practical
You'll never get a handplane to perform the way you want it to until you get the blade truly sharp.
Cut nails and a clever lid clinch a traditional Japanese toolbox
In the conclusion to this video workshop, Mike adds a delicate chamfer and gets the tabletop ready for finish
When five furniture makers with distinct styles of their own get the same assignment, the result is a lesson in design. We asked Fine Woodworking’s contributing editors to make a…
Precision jig eliminates gaps and headaches
Tips and tricks for getting better joinery from these must-have layout tools
In this video Mike shows you how to put together everything he's shown you about handplanes and use them in a real world scenario
With a few basic turning tools, you can create beautiful storage for the kitchen
Under most circumstances a mitered box can be successfully glued and clamped using rubber bands or plastic packaging tape to pull the corners tight. But there are times when extra…
The bevel up smoother and spokeshave are two tools you'll want to make room for in your tool cabinet. Mike Pekovich shows you why.
Practical storage cabinet utilizes the wasted space beneath your benchtop
Whether for edge treatments or end grain, the block plane will be one of your most used handplanes
This joint combines the beauty of a miter with the strength of a bridle joint. Chris Gochnour demonstrates how to lay out and cut the mitered bridle joint, which is…
Designer Will Acland and maker Tim Smith built the bent-laminated frame of their curved chair using straight-grained, flitch-cut European ash veneer and MDF forms
Learn how to enhance your furniture with this Japanese latticework technique
Old-world exercise hones hand-tool skills
Make layout easier and get cleaner results
A sanding block is an essential piece of woodworking equipment, with designs ranging from basic to high-tech. I’ve had good luck with this bandsawn block for many years. It can…
When using my drill press, I find that some workpieces need to be held down firmly, while others benefit from a stop block for repeat positioning. This two-position drill-press fence…
For tasks like trimming wood plugs or removing dried glue in corners, I’ve wanted a chisel plane for a long while. I know they are available commercially, but I had…
For benchtop clamping, nothing beats the holdfast
Not having room in my small shop for a dedicated sharpening station, I turned a cookie sheet into a stowaway station that tucks under a wall cabinet or on the…
When you get the hang of it, your skew will leave a surface so nice and slick that 600-grit sandpaper would mess it up
A strong joint that’s widely used in door and face frames, the bridle joint is simple in its anatomy and execution. A tenon on the rail fits an open-ended mortise…
David Lamb produces marquetry patterned after a winter frost. See how he chooses the wood, cuts it into billets, and then slices it into veneer. Then he uses a pattern…
Five ways to keep your top tight and flat through the seasons
Old panes bring vibrancy to new furniture
Once you master the basics, the only limit is your imagination
In this video Matt methodically takes you through the pins first approach to dovetails that the North Bennet Street School is known for. Matt demonstrates proper sawing technique and how to efficiently and effectively chisel out the waste.
Proper layout is about more than making your dovetails attractive. Matt shows you the proper steps to laying out your case and the reasoning behind each one.
Give your joinery skills a workout
Gate-leg design expands from small to large in a jiffy
Clean, versatile design offers easy access to what’s inside
Proud joinery and playful shadows take center stage
Simple project works as a sharpening station and storage box
Quick-to-make, casual seating designed to beat back the elements
This small project features stout joinery and angles that will challenge your skills
Make something fun while learning new skills
Grids and cutouts define a practical piece
The Shakers had this diminutive design pegged
A delight to make, they're also a lasting pleasure to use
With a stout base, thick top, and abundant tool storage, this is one bench you’ll never outgrow
Build it by hand and enjoy the benefits
By turning a burr on a standard disposable knife blade and adding a simple maple handle, you get an amazing detail scraper
When I needed a longer foot for one of my toggle clamps, I came upon this simple solution
A professional-quality saw, custom-fitted to your hand
When crosscutting with the miter gauge, you have to turn off the saw and let the blade come to a full stop in order to accurately align it with a…
I really like my 75-year-old bandsaw, but changing the blade is another matter. I used to hang it on the top wheel only to have it fall off every time…
What clamps to have and why you should have them
Expert tips and tricks for cleaning up glue
Like many amateur woodworkers, I use my garage as a shop, so tools and machines must be pushed out of the way when not in use. I bought commercial mobile…
When a tenon loosened and broke on a favorite stool in our house, I wasn’t sure how to fix it. I don’t have a lathe, and it looked difficult to…
When doing curved stringing, I lightly clamp a Teflon-coated curling iron in my vise and use it to bend the strings before gluing them into place. The curling iron works…
Given the choice between a fixed-base router and a plunge model, Jeff Miller will take the plunge router every time. Because it can plunge in and out of the work,…
Eliminate tearout, banish snipe, and get smooth results every time
When I reach for my glue bottle, I don’t like having to shake it and wait for the glue to drip down to the tip. So I keep the bottles…
I often make boxes with miter joints reinforced by small splines, or keys. After glue-up, while trimming the keys, I sometimes got a little careless with my Japanese saw and…
On many routers, it’s hard to be sure template guides (also called router bushings) are perfectly concentric with the bit. And if the bushing isn’t centered, it can lead to…
When my pipe clamps aren’t working as clamps, they double as versatile shop stands. To create a broad, stable base, I glue up a stack of 12-in.-dia. disks of 3⁄4-in.-thick…
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