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Fine Woodworking Issue #243

November/December 2014

VIDEO: Flawless Finish for Greene and Greene

Unlock the secrets of Darrell Peart’s simple finish for Greene and Greene furniture.

VIDEO: Rethinking the Cabriole Leg

Learn how Michael Pekovich reimagined the classic cabriole leg, transforming it into a modern masterpiece with simple lines.

VIDEO: Chisel Tricks for Handcut Joinery

A period furniture master demonstrates the right way to use your chisel

VIDEO WORKSHOP: Veneered Boxes with a Twist

Follow along as furniture maker Adrian Ferrazzutti creates dazzling patterns in veneer while making a custom box that’s sure to earn its stripes.

Article: The Right Angles for a Comfortable Windsor

A detailed look at the angles on a Windsor chair

AUDIO SLIDE SHOW: Curtis Buchanan: Windsor Master

See a range of Buchanan’s chairs and hear him discuss them.

Fine Woodworking Issue #242

September/October 2014

VIDEO WORKSHOP SERIES: Country Pine Hutch

Join hand tool expert Andrew Hunter as he walks you through the process of building a beautiful display hutch without the help of power tools.

VIDEO: Versatile Tablesaw L-Fence

Build a simple tablesaw fence accessory that handles a wide variety of joinery cuts.

VIDEO: Multi-Use Tablesaw Rip Fence

This clever base might just be the ultimate tablesaw rip fence accessory.

VIDEO: How to Install a Router Bit

Learn the right way to install a router bit for safer woodworking.

VIDEO: How to Hold Work for Routing

Learn a variety of ways to secure your workpieces for safer handheld routing.

VIDEO: How to Clean a Router Bit

Improve your cuts with a simple cleaning.

VIDEO: How to Cut Compound Angled Joinery

Demystify this seemingly complex woodworking joint with a simple set-up block.

WEB EXTRA: Centering the Festool Domino on Imperial Based Materials

Learn how to use the Domino with Imperial measurements.

AUDIO SLIDE SHOW: John Lee: Extra Texture with a Twist

See more of Lee’s extraordinary furniture.

Fine Woodworking Issue #241

July/August 2014

VIDEO: Drawbore Your Mortise-and-Tenon Joinery

Learn how drawboring can bring mortise-and-tenon joinery together tight as a drum—without clamps.

VIDEO: How to Sharpen Hollow Chisel Mortising Bits

Tune up your hollow-chisel mortising bits for silky-smooth operation with our step-by-step video tutorial.

VIDEO: Baby Your Block Plane

A dash of TLC goes a long way when it comes to block planes. Learn how to turn a mediocre tool into a star performer with our tune-up tips.

VIDEO: Pattern Routing Jig is Safer and Faster

Take the fear out of pattern routing with our video tour of a tip-top routing jig that delivers great results while keeping your fingers out of the danger zone.

VIDEO SERIES: Garden Chair

Michael C. Fortune offers an overview of his Garden Chair project and demonstrates how to build tricky bending forms.

AUDIO SLIDE SHOW: Greg Brown Carves Out a Career

See more of Brown’s furniture and hear him describe it.

Fine Woodworking Issue #240

May/June 2014

VIDEO SERIES: Federal Side Table

Master craftsman Steve Latta demystifies a variety of techniques as he demonstrates how to construct a Federal Side Table chock-full of period details.

VIDEO SERIES: Garden Chair

Michael C. Fortune offers an overview of his Garden Chair project and demonstrates how to build tricky bending forms. Catch Part II on June 4, 2014—in print and online—as Fortune puts his forms to work, building a graceful garden chair. Purchase the plan in June 2014.

VIDEO: How to Turn Pulls Without a Lathe

Create custom door and drawer knobs using your drill press

PODCAST: In Krenov's Shadow

Laura Mays sits down with Fine Woodworking to chat boxes, woodworking, and the legacy of James Krenov at College of the Redwoods

VIDEO: Simple Blue Tape Trick for Tight Fitting Through-Mortises

Learn a simple trick for tighter through mortise-and-tenon joints with the help of humble painter’s tape

AUDIO SLIDE SHOW: Greg Klassen: Deep in the Grain

See a range of Klassen’s furniture and hear him discuss it

Fine Woodworking Issue #239

March/April 2014

VIDEO: How to Mill Lumber with Handplanes

Learn how to mill lumber by hand, and you'll never be limited by your milling machinery

VIDEO: How to Set Up a Jointer

If you want to mill lumber yourself, jointer set-up is crucial

VIDEO: Jointing Boards for Dead-Flat Panel Glue-Ups

Even if your jointer fence is out of square, this simple tip will ensure perfect edge joints

VIDEO: Dentil Moldings for Fine Furniture - Part I
VIDEO: Dentil Moldings for Fine Furniture - Part II

Learn how to lay out Greek key and standard block dentil moldings in Part I of our two-part series

SLIDESHOW: Extraordinary Arts & Crafts Furniture

This audio slideshow presents the work of some of the less familiar-but quite extraordinary-designers and makers of the Arts and Crafts movement

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Danny Kamerath Makes a Splash

Other works by Danny Kamerath


Fine Woodworking Issue #238

January/February 2014

VIDEO: Fitting Drawers with a Handplane

Learn how to assemble a drawer for easier handplaning

VIDEO: Mounting Knife Hinges in Curved Doors

Learn how to mortise and mount tricky knife hinges into a curved cabinet

VIDEO: Incredible Bendable Wood

A woodworking master demonstrates the flexibility of wood with some jaw-dropping steam bends

VIDEO: Advanced Stringing Techniques: Part I

Learn stringing techniques for more complex designs. From sequencing to filling a double line inlay, these tips can be applied to many different designs

VIDEO: Advanced Stringing Techniques: Part II

Steve Latta's lesson on advanced stringing techniques continues in part two as he shows you how to make a complete circle and how to inlay plugs

SLIDESHOW: Francis Cape: Utopian Benches

See more utopian benches from Francis Cape


Fine Woodworking Issue #237

Winter 2013/2014

VIDEO WORKSHOP SERIES: Hanging Tool Cabinet

Watch Pekovich build this tool cabinet from start to finish

VIDEO: The Valuable, Versatile No. 4

Learn tips and techniques on using the versatile No. 4 smoothing plane from a furniture master

VIDEO: Router Table Dust Collection

Keep wood dust and chips at bay with our step-by-step lesson on ramping up router-table dust collection

Make Better Use of Your Shop Space: A Spare Room

In the smallest spaces, pick your compromises

AUDIO SLIDE SHOW: Rios Wong's Tools

See more of Rios Wong’s tools

Arts and Crafts Glass-Front Cabinet

Build an Arts and Crafts cabinet with everlasting appeal and expand your skills by tackling the classic leaded-glass door panel yourself


Fine Woodworking Issue #236

November/December 2013

VIDEO: Secrets of a Happy Handplane

Garrett Hack demonstrates his techniques for turning a flea-market find into a top performer

VIDEO: Forge Your Own Hinges

Learn how easy it is to forge period-perfect snipe hinges, like those used in Andrew Hunter’s blanket chest

Breaking Tool News (Shop Talk Live)

Get the inside scoop on new products from some of your favorite manufacturers— including SawStop, Lee Valley Veritas, and more—on Fine Woodworking’s Shop Talk Live podcast

VIDEO SERIES: Build a Basic Workbench with Built-in Storage

Period furniture pro Philip C. Lowe has relied on the same rock-solid workbench for more than 40 years. Follow along as Lowe builds a versatile bench that’s packed with storage

Close Up and Hands on at FWW Live

Catch our quick video re-cap of Fine Woodworking Live 2013

Highlights from the Vegas Tool Show

Catch our roundup of all the cool tool news from AWFS 2013

Stretchers Add Strength

Learn how Coleman uses stretchers to add further strength to his furniture

VIDEO: Welcome to Woodworking Heaven

Tour the campus in our exclusive video interview with Peter Korn

Master of the Craft: Michael Fortune

Learn more about Michael Fortune’s furniture in an exclusive audio slideshow

Fine Woodworking Issue #235

September/October 2013

VIDEO: How to Cut Coves on the Tablesaw

Learn how to use your tablesaw to safely cut cove moldings

VIDEO: Backsaw Exercises Help You Saw Like a Pro

When it comes to using a handsaw, practice really does make perfect

VIDEO: Biscuit Joiner Tips and Tricks

Learn how to harness the full potential of your biscuit joiner in Part I of our two-part series

Going Pro as a Furniture Maker

More real-life examples of woodworkers who made their dream a reality

VIDEO SERIES: Tablesaw Techniques

Safety, ripping, crosscuts, and more with Marc Adams

VIDEO SERIES: Bowfront Wall Cabinet

Matt Kenney offers an overview of his step-by-step video series on building a Bowfront Wall Cabinet

A Shop to Inspire

A glimpse into the Offerman Woodshop

Garrett Hack: Farmer and Furnituremaker

More work by furniture maker Garrett Hack

Fine Woodworking Issue #234

July/August 2013

VIDEO: The Essential Tool Chest

Learn what makes this heirloom-quality tool chest tick

VIDEO: Vacuum Press Tips

Get tips on how to get the most from your vacuum press

How to Sharpen a Veneer Saw

Learn how to sharpen a veneer saw for perfect cuts every time

VIDEO: Arts and Crafts Book Rack

Gregory Paolini offers an overview of his step-by-step video series on building a Stickley-inspired Arts and Crafts book rack

VIDEO: How to Make Cambered Cauls

Get clamping pressure where you need it with easy shopmade cauls

VIDEO: Build an Elegant Side Table

Watch Garrett Hack build a splay-legged version of this table

SLIDESHOW: A Visual History of Bombé

Boston-area furniture maker Dan Faia's quest to construct the ultimate Bombé chest took a total of two years of long, hard work

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Laël Gordon

See more of Gordon’s astounding furniture and marquetry techniques

Fine Woodworking Issue #233

May/June 2013

VIDEO: How to Change a Bandsaw Blade

Learn how to properly install the right type of blade and say goodbye to blade drift forever

VIDEO: Distressed Finish for Built-in Furniture

Make your built-ins look like they've been in the family for generations by using this simple technique

VIDEO: The Coolest Cutting Board Ever?

See how one woodworker turned a potentially mundane project into a work of art

VIDEO: Tablesaw Techniques

Celebrated woodworking teacher Marc Adams offers an overview of the topics he’ll cover in his guide to Tablesaw Techniques

Great Tips for Crosscut Sleds

It's perhaps one of the most-often used jigs in any workshop, yet if your crosscut sled is out of square, you might as well toss it in the scrap bin

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: John Cameron's Massachusetts Ming



Fine Woodworking Issue #232

April 2013

VIDEO: How to Make a Simple Jig for Offset Knife Hinges

Learn a hassle-free technique for perfect offset knife hinge mortises, every time

VIDEO: How to Choose the Right Finish

Learn how to choose the appropriate finish for all your woodworking and furniture projects

Five Minute Guide to Glue-Ups

Learn the right way to prepare for, and glue up your woodworking projects—from start to finish.

VIDEO: Build a Shaker Chimney Cupboard

Mike Peckovich shows you step-by-step, how to build a traditional Shaker chimney cupboard using simple joinery techniques

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio for Aled Lewis



Fine Woodworking Issue #231

January/February 2013

VIDEO: How to Cut Dovetails on the Tablesaw

Learn how to cut better, faster through-dovetails using your tablesaw and a standard rip blade

Shop Talk Live 18: George Nakashima 2.0

Hit the road with Fine Woodworking's Ed Pirnik and Jon Binzen as they set off for the workshop of celebrated woodworker George Nakashima

Two Jigs That Help Sharpen a Skew Plane Blade

Learn how two easy jigs can help sharpen a skew plane blade
By Thomas McKenna

VIDEO: Workbench Tool Storage Solutions

Learn how to outfit workbench drawers for smart, organized tool storage

Two Techniques for Bed-Bolt Alignment

Learn how two simple jigs can make installing bed bolts a breeze
By Matt Kenney

VIDEO: Robert Erickson's Chairs: Angle of Repose

Robert Erickson is one of the most accomplished chairmakers in the country

VIDEO: See it in Motion: Honing a Skew Chisel

VIDEO: See it in Motion: Grind a Parting Tool

VIDEO: See it in Motion: Body Movement for Woodturners


Fine Woodworking Issue #230

Winter 2012/1013

Woodworking Plans

Find your next project in our new online index of free and member-only plans

Shop Gallery

Scope out other great workspaces in our gallery of shops from around the world

VIDEO: The Not-So-Big Workbench Ed Pirnik offers an overview on what's involved in building a moderately-sized cabinetmaker's workbench that's chock-full of tool storage

VIDEO: How to Set Up a New Handplane

Learn how to tune up a brand-new handplane straight out of the box

VIDEO: Upgrade Your Jointer with a Segmented Cutterhead

Learn step-by-step techniques for upgrading a jointer with a state-of-the-art segmented cutterhead

VIDEO: Smart Workshop Storage Tour

Learn how to build an Asian-inspired hall table from start to finish in this member-only video series

Flattening a Benchtop

How to flatten your benchtop with a handplane
by Jeff Miller

VIDEO: See it in Motion: Benchcrafted Vise is a Breeze to Use

Blog: Birth of a Lee Valley Tool

By Asa Christiana

VIDEO: Lee Valley Veritas Tool Tour

Learn how hand tools are made—from start to finish—in this exclusive video tour of Lee Valley's Ontario manufacturing facility

Spraying Solvents: Risk Versus Reality

By Geoff Guzynski

SLIDESHOW: Masters of the Craft: Peter Galbert's House of Windsor
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #229

November/December 2012

Woodworking Plans

Find your next project in our new online index of free and member-only plans

Shop Gallery

Scope out other great workspaces in our gallery of shops from around the world

VIDEO: Tablesaw Tapering Jig is Safer and Faster

Watch our editors demonstrate their favorite fixes

VIDEO: See it in Motion: Tablesaw Leg Tapering Jig

See the tablesaw leg tapering jig from Perfect Tapers on the Tablesaw from FWW #229

in action

VIDEO: See it in Motion: Chamfering Proud Through Dovetails

Watch how one furniture maker used chamfered dovetails to dress up a rustic bookcase

VIDEO: Video Workshop: Build an Asian-Inspired Hall Table

Learn how to build an Asian-inspired hall table from start to finish in this member-only video series

VIDEO: Video Workshop: Build a Hanging Tool Cabinet

In this video series you'll learn how to create an eye-catching hanging cabinet to store all of your hand tools in style

VIDEO: Inside the Shaker Workshop

Catch a glimpse at the water-powered machinery used at the Hancock Shaker Village

SLIDESHOW: Masters of the Craft: Silas Kopf's Dazzling Marquetry

Hear how woodworker Silas Kopf creates his elaborate marquetry in an exclusive audio slideshow
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #228

September/October 2012

Woodworking Plans

Find your next project in our new online index of free and member-only plans

Shop Gallery

Scope out other great workspaces in our gallery of shops from around the world

VIDEO: How to Fix Mistakes

Watch our editors demonstrate their favorite fixes

What Can a Good Block Plane Do for You?

Learn how to harness the full potential of this workshop workhorse

Tool Review: Standard-Angle Block Planes

See how the standard-angle block planes stacked up in our recent tool test.

Sanding Jig is the Segmented Turner’s Secret Weapon

Learn how to build a sanding jig for perfect segments

How to Sharpen a Veneer Saw

Learn how to sharpen a veneer saw for perfect cuts every time

VIDEO: Furniture Makers Pay Tribute to Wharton Esherick

Watch a video showing everything from felling the tree to the artists art work

VIDEO: Fast Fix: Build a Spring-Loaded Drawer Stop

Learn how to build a wooden drawer stop that keeps toddlers safe without the hassle of a mortised locked set

VIDEO: Fast Fix: Leg Tapering Jig

Learn how to build a jig for safe and simple tapered legs

VIDEO: Fast Fix: Plywood Edging

Learn how to cut your own plywood edging for a perfect grain and color match

VIDEO: Fast Fix: Breadboard Ends Jig

Learn how to build a simple jig that ensures perfectly aligned shoulders on breadboard ends

SLIDESHOW: Masters of the Craft: Peter Sandback Nails His Designs

See how furniture maker Peter Sandback uses aluminum nails to create stunning inlays in an exclusive audio slideshow
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #227

July/August 2012

Woodworking Plans

Find your next project in our new online index of free and member-only plans

Shop Gallery

Scope out other great workspaces in our gallery of shops from around the world

VIDEO: How to Turn a Tapered Shaker Leg

Used sanding pads and a neat trick using graphite make for one terrific taper

VIDEO: How to Sharpen a Card Scraper

Learn how to avoid the top two mistakes most woodworkers make when sharpening a card scraper

VIDEO: See it in Motion: Bandsaw Jig for Curved Parts

See how one furniture maker constructs a contemporary café chair using this bandsaw jig

VIDEO: See it in Motion: Three-Way Miter Joint

Watch one of the most complex joints you may ever cut in action

Master Template for Curved Moldings

Learn an easy method for drawing parallel curved lines

VIDEO: Getting Started in Woodworking: Walnut Nighstand

Watch this step-by-step eight-part video series to learn how to build this nighstand

VIDEO: Video Workshop Series: East Meets West

Build a graceful hall table chock-full of Asian flair in this seven-part Video Workshop Series

SLIDESHOW: Masters of the Craft: Virtuoso Vessel Maker

See how Liam Flynn turns his irregular vessels in an exclusive audio slideshow
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #226

May/June 2012

Woodworking Plans

Find your next project in our new online index of free and member-only plans

Shop Gallery

Scope out other great workspaces in our gallery of shops from around the world

VIDEO: Video Workshop Series: Arts and Crafts Dining Table

Learn how to build a dining table with a unique hayrake strecher in this seven-part Video Workshop Series

VIDEO: Dado Jig Tackles Shelves of Any Thickness

Super-simple adjustments, zero-clearance rails, and the ability to work with just about any bit size make this dado jig one for the long haul

VIDEO: Bench Grinder Basics

Learn how to use a conventional bench grinder for perfect bevels on all your woodworking tools

VIDEO: Video Workshop Series: Arts and Crafts Coffee Table

Learn how to build a coffee table using techniques from legendary furniture maker Gustav Stickley in this seven-part Video Workshop Series

SLIDESHOW: Masters of the Craft: The Uncompromising Craftsman

See how John Reed Fox blends Eastern and Western influences in an exclusive audio slideshow
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #225

March/April 2012

Woodworking Plans

Find your next project in our new online index of free and member-only plans

Shop Gallery

Scope out other great workspaces in our gallery of shops from around the world

Inlay Any Table

Learn how to use inlay to take your tabletops to the next level.

VIDEO: Double Your Milling Power

Learn what to look for when shopping for a jointer/planer combination machine.

VIDEO: Two Tips for Better Boxes

Fine Woodworking senior editor Matt Kenney shares two of his favorite box-making joinery and finishing tips.

VIDEO: Cutting with a Scroll Saw

Cutting straight lines and going around corners are the toughest techniques to master.

VIDEO: Video Workshop Series: Dovetail Techniques

Learn how to combine hand and power tools to produce classic dovetail joinery more quickly and accurately in this five-part Video Workshop Series.

SLIDESHOW: Masters of the Craft: Five Decades of Genius

See how Jere Osgood combines brilliant engineering and design in an exclusive audio slideshow.
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #224

January/February 2012

Woodworking Plans

Find your next project in our new online index of free and member-only plans

Shop Gallery

Scope out other great workspaces in our gallery of shops from around the world
Thomas McKenna

VIDEO: Pillow-Top Plugs

Learn how to hide your screws and dowels with style in a step-by-step video.

VIDEO: Sharpening Jointer Knives

Hesitating to change them out, most of us leave our jointer knives in place long after they are dull. See how to hone them in place, in minutes.

Sharpening Jig for Planer Knives

Learn how to sharpen planer knives without removing them from the machine.

Tablesaw Roundup

The government wants tighter regulation of tablesaw technology. Read on to learn the who, what, when, where, and why of a growing controversy.

VIDEO: Build a Traditional Shaker Chimmney Cupboard

In our latest Video Workshop, you'll learn how to build a traditional Shaker chimney cupboard that boasts lots of storage in a small footprint.

SLIDESHOW: Masters of the Craft: Magical Marquetry

Learn how furniture maker Ulrike Scriba uses a simple technique to create complex marquetry patterns.
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #223

Tools & Shops: Winter 2011/2012

Woodworking Plans

Find your next project in our new online index of free and member-only plans

Do the Math: You'll save in the long run

Read Roland Johnson’s detailed breakdown and formula for figuring out total costs and values involved with the different cutterhead scenarios.

Diary of a Workbench Build

Read Fine Woodworking shop manager Bill Peck's account of building a traditional cabinetmaker's workebench, step-by-step.

VIDEO: A Workbench Built for Power Tools

Traditional workbenches were never designed with power tools in mind; this one was.

Creative Cabinet Storage

Deck out your tool cabinet to the nines with custom storage tips.

Cabinet Hardware Time Machine

Learn how to transform boring home-center hinges into antiqued treasures with a time-worn patina worthy of your finest cabinets.

VIDEO: Build the Perfect Router Table

Senior editor Matt Kenney walks you through the process of building a router table that’s straightforward, full of storage, and easy on the eyes.

Shop Gallery

Scope out other great workspaces in our gallery of shops from around the world

SLIDESHOW: Masters of the Craft: A Workshop with No Walls

Learn how furniture maker Adrian McCurdy splits and rives massive logs out on the grass behind his house.
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #222

November/December 2011

Woodworking Plans

Find your next project in our new online index of free and member-only plans

VIDEO: Nick Offerman Shop Tour

Find out why Nick Offerman of NBC’s Parks & Recreation is more at home in the shop than on the set.

VIDEO: Extended Nick Offerman Shop Tour

Slab-Flattening Jig 2.0

Scope out other great workspaces in our gallery of shops from around the world

VIDEO: How to Camber a Plane Iron

See how to hone the perfect camber on your handplane irons

VIDEO: Build a Fir and Cherry Side Table

Garrett Hack guides you through the construction of an elegant side table full of whimsical details, including a swing-out drawer that will put your skills to the ultimate test.

Build a Walnut Nightstand

Inspired by traditional Shaker designs, this walnut nightstand is built using strong, simple dowel joinery. Learn how to build it in an online video series on our sister site, StartWoodworking.com

VIDEO: Basic Box-Making

See how to hone the perfect camber on your handplane irons
with Chris Gochnour

Shop Gallery

Scope out other great workspaces in our gallery of shops from around the world

SLIDESHOW: Masters of the Craft: Building from the Bottom Up

Furniture maker Geoffrey Warner successfully marries live-edge tabletops with stout bases that celebrate the craft of joinery.
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #221

September/October 2011

Woodworking Plans

Find your next project in our new online index of free and member-only plans

VIDEO: Flawless Finish from a Can

Learn how to achieve a glass-smooth finish without investing in a high-priced spray rig
with Mark Schofield

VIDEO: Simple Cope and Stick

Watch this video to master the basics of cope-and-stick joinery
with Michael Pekovich

Guitar-Building Basics

Watch every step of a guitar project that walks you through the entire kit-building process

Build a Solid Humidor

FWW web producer Ed Pirnik highlights the finer points of humidor construction

Shop Gallery

Scope out other great workspaces in our gallery of shops from around the world

SLIDESHOW: Masters of the Craft:: A Woodworker is Born

From publisher to woodworker, find out how this furniture maker traded in his pencil for a handplane
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #220

July/August 2011

Woodworking Plans

Find your next project in our new online index of free and member-only plans

VIDEO: Scratching the Surface

Watch how David Moore makes and uses a scratch stock
with David Moore

VIDEO: Sizing Up Trim Routers

Watch this video to find out which compact router is right for you
with Gregory Paolini

VIDEO: Tackling Tearout

See five easy techniques for taming router tearout
with Gregory Paolini

VIDEO: Fast Fix for Perfect Pressure

Learn how to put clamping pressue exactly where you need it

Beautiful Butterflies

See more of Michael Fortune's butterfly tabel designs

Shop Gallery

Scope out other great workspaces in our gallery of shops from around the world

SLIDESHOW: Masters of the Craft: Turning Blackwood Boxes

A Nova Scotia furniture maker shares his technique for creating turned wooden boxes
by Jonathan Binzen

DreamShop Planner:

Use our Dream Shop Planner Tool and enter you creation. You could win a $500 prize package.


Fine Woodworking Issue #219

May/June 2011

Woodworking Plans

Find your next project in our new online index of free and member-only plans

VIDEO: Shopping for a Smoothing Plane

Learn how to shop for a handplane and find out what separates a high quality tool from its bargain basement brethren

VIDEO: Sharpening a Veneer Saw

Learn how to sharpen this saw to get great cuts every time

VIDEO: Building Garry Knox Bennett's Trestle Table

Learn how Garry Knox Bennett's signature trestle table comes together in this video blog series.

We're Giving Away Grooving Planes!

Post your most creative photo caption on an outtake from our recent article on shopmade grooving planes for a chance to win grooving planes.

Shop Gallery

Scope out other great workspaces in our gallery of shops from around the world

SLIDESHOW: Masters of the Craft: Curve it Like Konig

A Vancouver furniture maker shares his technique for creating bent lamination and veneered forms
by Jonathan Binzen

Master the Bandsaw

Furniture maker Michael Fortune shows you how to properly set up your bandsaw for flawless cuts, every time

DreamShop Planner

Use our Dream Shop Planner Tool and enter you creation. You could win a $500 prize package.


Fine Woodworking Issue #218

March/April 2011

Woodworking Plans

Find your next project in our new online index of free and member-only plans

VIDEO: Introduction to Faceplate Turning

Craft a beautiful platter of tiger maple using only four basic turning tool

VIDEO: How to Drill Windsor Chair Mortises

Learn how to drill Windsor chair mortises at the proper angle with an ingenious set-up using mirror

VIDEO: Reaming Windsor Chair Mortises

In part two of our video series on Windsor chair mortises, learn how to ream your mortises for a super-tight fit

VIDEO: How to Use a Height Gauge

Learn how to dial in more precise machinery set-ups by using a height gaug

Measurement Conversion Chart

A handy reference for fractional inches, decimal inches, and millimeters

Video: Arts and Crafts Dining Table

The hayrake stretcher in this rustic table isn't as complicated as it looks Learn how to build the entire table step by step in this members-only video workshop.

Shop Gallery

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You Want What? Contest

Tell us your craziest client story (by posting a comment to this blog) for a chance to win a prize package valued at over $1500. Contest ends February 14, 2011.

Shaker Chest of Drawers

A pro's jigs and tips simplify joinery on chests of any size.

SLIDESHOW: Masters of the Craft: Steve Brown Takes the Measure of a Chair

A North Bennet Street School instructor shares his techniques for recording critical dimensions, shapes and construction details of a piece of furniture
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #217
January/February 2011

Woodworking Plans

Find your next project in our new online index of free and member-only plans

VIDEO: Build a Classic Cherry Bookcase

This new project features rock-solid construction and looks elegant, too. Learn how to build it step by step in this members-only video workshop.
with Jeff Miller

Against the Grain: Avoid Dovetail Disaster

Identify the five woodworking no-no's in the photo

VIDEO: Clever Sled for Curved Bevels on the Tablesaw

Learn an uncommon use for a common ji

Shop Gallery

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Share Your Shop


Post photos of your own workspace in our gallery

SLIDESHOW: A Simple Way to Inlay Mother of Pearl


Tools & Shops #216
Winter 2010/2011

Shop Questions: Ask John White

Our shop guru is on tap to answer your questions about tools, maintenance, and even his new router table

VIDEO: Build a Shaker Lap Desk

This project features an inkwell drawer for a touch of nostalgia, but the desk can also store a laptop to serve a thoroughly modern purpose. It makes a perfect holiday gift.

VIDEO: Garage Shop Makeover

Tour Michael Pekovich's revamped garage shop

Shop Gallery

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Share Your Shop

Post photos of your own workspace in our gallery

VIDEO: Frame Pictures Like a Pro

Whip out custom picture frames with these free tips—just in time for the holiday

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: Tool Chest with an Arts and Crafts Legacy


Fine Woodworking Issue #215
November/December 2010

New blog: Handwork

Get the latest on the hand-tool world with techniques, reviews, and more

Woodworking Plans

Find your next project in our new online index of free and member-only plans

Against the Grain: Ripping at the Tablesaw

Identify the five woodworking no-no's in the photo

VIDEO: Build a Hybrid Roubo Workbench

This modern twist on a traditional workbench design features tail and twin-screw vises from Lie-Nielsen and a timber-frame base
with John Tetreault

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: David Haig
by Jonathan Binzen

VIDEO: David Haig at Work

Watch David Haig bend the wood and cut the joinery for his dream rocker (back cover)


Fine Woodworking Issue #214
September/October 2010

Tablesaw Lawsuit: The Continuing Saga

Check out reader comments and breaking news on this case

by Patrick McCombe

Contest: Got Jigs?

Enter yours for a chance to win a set of Rockler Bench Cookies

VIDEO: Fast Fix: Build a Custom Drawer for Your Router Bits

Learn how to build a custom storage device that will protect and organize your router bit

VIDEO: Build a Sleek Entertainment Center

How to Handle Small Parts Without Losing any Fingers

See the saw hook and shooting board in action

VIDEO: Video Workshop: Build a Trestle Table

Catch every step of the action as Gary Rogowski crafts a versatile trestle table in front of our camera

SLIDESHOW: Howard Werner: Artist with a Chainsaw

Furniture sculpted from big chunks of wood


Fine Woodworking Issue #213


July/August 2010

Animation: Dedicated Finger-Joint Sled

Watch an animated version of a tablesaw sled that cuts perfect finger joints
by Dennis Theisen

Man Wins Big Money in Tablesaw Lawsuit

Check out reader comments and breaking news on this case
by Patrick McCombe

Put Your Furniture Photos to Work

Find lighting tips and ideas for sharing your photos
by Michael Pekovich

VIDEO: Built-in Build-Off

It's carpenter vs. woodworker as we go behinds the scenes of a tradesmen's challenge and capture tips for better built-in

VIDEO: Fast Fix: Dead-on Dadoes

See a super-simple fence that will let you rout a wide dado without a wide bi

Top Shops
Take a virtual tour of shops like the Doucette and Wolfe Furniture Makers shop (page 6) or upload photos of your own woodworking space to our brand-new shop gallery

SLIDESHOW: A North Bennet Street School Gallery

Hear from NBSS teachers and alumni and see photos of their work
produced by Ed Pirnik

SLIDESHOW: Seth Rolland: Slicing Maestro

Seth Rolland (back cover) creates astonishing shapes, without touching a steambox or using laminations
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #212


May/June 2010

VIDEO: The Surface-Prep Battle

Watch a replay of our hand- vs. power-tool due

Animation: Low-Tech Tablesaw Tune-Up

Four simple steps ensure square and accurate cuts
by Richard Babbitt

VIDEO: Workshop: Two Ways to Build a Box

Boxes can be deceptively difficult, but clever techniques guarantee gorgeous result

SLIDESHOW: Adrian Potter: Thinking Furniture

An array of pieces by an Australian furniture maker and sculptor whose work brims with technical innovations


Fine Woodworking Issue #211


March/April 2010

Build a Dedicated Sharpening Bench

Rock-solid joinery and a stable work surface combine to form a dedicated sharpening bench. Follow along with our blogger and download the free plan.
by Tom Fidgen

Blades for Chip-Free Cuts

Includes a review of Delta’s new 80-tooth crosscut blade
by Mark Schofield

VIDEO: Fast Fix: Say Good-bye to Squeeze-out

Quick, smart video shop tips offer simple solutions to common woodworking problems. This month, learn now to stop glue squeeze-out

VIDEO: Workshop: A Period Furniture Primer

Master furniture maker Philip C. Lowe takes you step by step throught he creation of three classic details:

Queen Anne Style Cabriole Leg

Flame Finial

Sheraton-Style Leg with Reeding

A Scraptacular Challenge
Put your skills to the test with our latest gallery challenge, inspired by furniture maker Hank Gilpin's creative use of castaway cutoffs (back cover)

SLIDESHOW: Aaron Radelow's Reproduction Marquetry Table

See the tables and follow the building process
by Aaron Radelow

SLIDESHOW: How to Make Leaded Glass Windows

See the details, step by step
by Michael Pekovich

SLIDESHOW: Hank Gilpin: Exploring the American Forest

See more work built from scrap wood
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #210


January/February 2010

VIDEO: Turn a Shaker Leg

Expert guidance helps you breeze through this elegant turning

VIDEO: Workshop: Build a Small Tool Cabinet

Learn how to build a hanging cabinet perfect for your favorite hand tools or collectible

VIDEO: Fast Fix

Quick, smart video shop tips offer simple solutions to common woodworking problems. December's releases include a clever shop-block solution, a quick-to-make miter-saw "stand", and an easy way to drill for shelf pins.

Multiuse tablesaw jig animation

See the jig in action

Pin-type Moisture Meters for Under $200

A review of pin-type moisture meters
by Roland Johnson

Moisture meter chart

Download and print out this equilibrium moisture content chart to compare to your moisture meter reading
by Roland Johnson

Interview with James Krenov

More Work by Krenov Students

VIDEO: Tenons Shootout: Hand vs. Power Tools

Holiday Gift Contest

Enter now for a chance to win one of three prize packages from Stanley

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: Doug Mooberry and Kinloch Woodworking

See more of Doug Mooberry's designs and hear him talk about his work
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #209


Tools & Shops Winter 2009/2010

VIDEO: What Makes My Bench Work

A video tour of a workbench that was 30 years in the making

VIDEO: Build a Small Tool Cabinet

Learn how to build a hanging cabinet perfect for your favorite hand tools or collectible

Sharpening the V-Tool

Learn how to sharpen this complex carving tool with a grinder and stones
by Dan Faia

Sharpening a Skew Chisel

Learn how to sharpen this most important hand tool, used in carving for undercutting or cleaning out corners

VIDEO: Shootout: Surface Prep: Hand vs. Power Tools

Watch the replays from our live video event shot Nov. 1

Holiday Gift Contest

For gift ideas, browse last year’s entries

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio

Tour Brad Smith's shop and get a close-up look at how he makes his furniture


Fine Woodworking Issue #208

November/December 2009

Game: Spot the Difference

Enjoy a close-up look at 15 of Fine Woodworking's most popular cover photos and exercise your eyes. You have 30 seconds to find the differences

Reader Gallery

Take part in our monthly gallery challenges for a chance to win a prize

Finish Recipe: Display Cabinet on a Stand

A shellac polish finish can be a very attractive option for cabinets or other low-wear objects.

Built-In Contest Results

Meet the winners of last month's gallery contest

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: Planks into Poetry

Work by Michael Hurwitz
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #207

September/October 2009

Reader Gallery

Take part in our monthly gallery challenges for a chance to win a prize

Sam Maloof: A Retrospective

Sam Maloof: Reflections on a Master Maker

Memories from our online community

A never-before-published Q&A with Maloof

An archive of interviews with and stories about Maloof

VIDEO: Testing 18-Volt Cordless Drills

See how these we put these compact and powerful tools through a real-world torture tes

Design Your Own Patterns Using Striped Veneer

The best way to start? Tape two mirrors together
by Adrian Ferrazzutti

VIDEO: Build a Garden Bench

Learn how to build this garden bench with step-by-step video instruction from a Fine Woodworking editor

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: Labor of Love

Work by Judith Ames and Hank Holzer
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #206

July/August 2009

Reader Gallery

Post photos of your work

Win a SawStop Tablesaw

Tool chests/cabinets wanted: Upload pictures by June 30 for a chance to win

Fine Woodworking's Guide to Safety

Videos, quizzes, and more to help you avoid injury in the shop

VIDEO: A Prescription for Sharpening Woes

Two readers hone their skills with help from our expert. Part one of a five-part video series

Finish Recipe: Shaker Chest of Drawers

Traditional oil-and-varnish finish is repairable and easy
by Christian Becksvoort

Plane Wars: Who Begot Who

Comparing planes from Lie-Nielsen, Wood River, and Stanley
by Tom Begnal

VIDEO: How to Build a Small Step Stool

Step-by-step video instruction, including a complete lesson in wedged mortise-and-tenon joinery

Create a High Gloss in Minutes

Use an electric polisher and automotive polishing compound to create a mirror finish in no time

VIDEO: Tuning and Using a Veneer Saw

Learn how to sharpen this saw to get great cuts every tim

A Convex Decorative Edge-Banding

An elegant border for a sunburst tabletop
by Mark Arnold

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: A Musician in the Woodshop

Work by furniture maker John Cameron
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #205
May/June 2009

Reader Gallery

Share your work to win a prize

VIDEO: Hot-Pipe Steam Bending

Fortune shows his easy technique for bending thin strips of wood to virtually any shape. Part one of a three-part video series.

Finish Recipe: Arts and Crafts Look Without Harsh Chemicals

Paolini mimics the look of a traditional Stickley finish on his bow-arm Morris chair without fuming the piece using industrial ammonia

VIDEO: How to Build a Bow-Arm Morris Chair

Watch how Paolini builds this recliner, sharing expert tips and tricks along the way. It’s our first ever woodworking project published simultaneously in print and on video.

Foolproof Brushing Techniques

Learn how to use the right brush for the right job

VIDEO: Quick Tip: Jointing Without a Jointer

Learn a jointer-free way to get an absolutely straight, square edge with a router. It's the perfect technique for panel glue-ups.

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: The Clever Chair

Michael Fortune builds efficiency into the process of making custom furniture. Learn about his process for designing and riffing on his trademark No. 1 Chair. process
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #204
March/April 2009

Reader Gallery

Upload photos of your work, and you could win more than $100 in prizes

Finish Recipe: Antique Oil Finish for a Bow-Front Hall Table

Give your project an antique finish in three easy steps
by Charles Durfee

Segmented Stringing Dazzles and Unifies

How a veteran woodworker uses thin strips of holly and ebony to accent his furniture
by Garrett Hack

VIDEO: How to Apply Stringing

The secret is a tapered groove and a tapered strip of inlay. Watch how the two come together.

A Jig for Bandsawing Small Logs

Turn your bandsaw into a mini sawmill
by E. G. Lincoln

VIDEO: Sharpening Basics

Learn one affordable method for keeping your planes and chisels sharp

VIDEO: Build a Sturdy Workbench

Watch as assistant editor Matt Kenney builds a solid-wood workbench

VIDEO: A Clear Finish for Maple

See how to preserve maple's pure, pale look using a water-based finish

VIDEO: Sharpening Tips: How to Crown a Plane Iron Subscribers

Eliminate plane tracks on your wood by cambering your plane blade

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: Brian David Reid

Work by a Maine craftsman who takes traditional furniture concepts and gives them a playful spin
by Brian David Reid

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: The Past Recaptured

Allan Breed recreates classic New England furniture
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #203


January/February 2009

The New Reader Gallery

Upload your own work

VIDEO: Drawers that Breathe

See video of this amazing piece breathing and learn more about the unique leg construction techniques

with Peter Schlebecker

Finish Recipe: A Classic Step Stool

Pop the grain and protect your wood with this easy finish
by Tommy MacDonald

Finish Recipe: Hickory and Ash Blanket Chest

Give your projects a great finish in two easy step

VIDEO: Joinery Shootout

See which joints performed the best in a stress test

VIDEO: Touring The Gamble House

Take a guided tour of the historic Arts and Crafts bungalow and furniture collection of Greene and Greene

A Greene and Greene Pilgrimage

Editor Asa Christiana reports on his visit The Gamble House and The Huntington Library, both meccas for Greene and Greene aficionados
by Asa Christiana

Boulle Marquetry Basics

Get step-by-step instruction for executing this decorative technique from the late 17th century in this excerpt from Kopf’s new DV

VIDEO: Workshop: Easy to Make Entertainment Center

"The Wood Whisperer" shows you how to craft this beginner's project using a small collection of power tool

VIDEO: How to Install Butt Hinges

An easy method for installing these durable hinges using a combination of hand and power tool skill

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: Subtropical Virtuoso

Australian Grant Vaughan carves sensational vessels on his veranda
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #202


Tools & Shops Winter 2008/2009

The New Reader Gallery

Upload your own work

Shop Tours

Take a virtual trip to four different shops:

Chris Gochnour's Garage Shop

Anatole Burkin's Garage Workshop

Underground Workshop in Montreal

Ready-Made Flooring

Quick, effective cures for a cold, concrete slab
by Anatole Burkin

VIDEO: Fight Kickback with a Riving Knife

See kickback in action and learn how a riving knife can help prevent it

VIDEO: Build a Small Cabinet Frame-and-Panel Cabinet

Watch Tim Rousseau, an instructor at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, build a small cabinet that would work well as a nightstand or a side table

VIDEO: How to Make a Cope-and-Stick Joint

Andy Rae shows you how to make a strong and easy cope-and-stick door, from router-bit setup through assembly and glue-up

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: Micro Maestro

William R. Robertson builds an international reputation at 1/12th scale
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #201


November/December 2008

VIDEO: Watch the Dovetail Doctor in Action

See how a reader quickly improves his dovetail technique in two days

SLIDESHOW: How to Hang Your Work

A closer look at the cleats and hangers you can use to hold cabinets and shelves on the wall
by Anissa Kapsales

Tool Reviews

Catch up with FWW editors as they take a first look at important new tools unveiled at a major industry trade show. There’s the new Delta Unisaw, a new bandsaw from Powermatic, and much more.

VIDEO: Learn to Use a Router Plane

Contributing editor Garrett Hack shows two ways that this venerable but often overlooked handtool can help you work faster

VIDEO: One Bookcase, Two Bases

Join award-winning woodworker and teacher Philip C. Lowe in this video workshop, building a bookcase with adjustable shelves. You'll get two options for the base: a flat-bracket base or an ogee bracket foot.

Western Hardwood Suppliers

A list of lumberyards selling alder, bay laurel, claro walnut, madrone, or tanoak

VIDEO: Resawing and Grain-Matching

See two ways to resaw stock for boxes and how to match the grain across a mitered joint

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: Duncan Gowdy

How Duncan Gowdy carves, bleaches, pickles, and stains wood to find landscapes in the grain
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #200


September/October 2008

Side Table: Finishing Recipe

An arts-and-crafts-looking finish, but without the fuming

BLOG: Live from IWF 2008
Get our firsthand take on the cutting-edge tools and machines at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta

VIDEO: Five Essential Router-Table Jigs In Action

Watch how these easy-to-make jigs let you do more with a router table

VIDEO: How to Pop the Curl in Cherry

See how a combination of Danish oil and lacquer brings out the figure in "blotchy" cherry

VIDEO: Build a Side Chair

Get step-by-step instruction and a downloadable project plan

VIDEO: An Easy Way to Check Tablesaw Alignment

John White shows how you can ensure that your tablesaw blade is parallel to the rip fence

VIDEO: How to Adjust a Jointer

John White shows how to fine-tune the height of a jointer for perfectly straight cuts with no snipe

SLIDESHOW: Furniture from Western Hardwoods

See woodwork in alder, bay laurel, claro walnut, madrone, and tanoak, with commentary from the makers
by Anissa Kapsales

Western Hardwood Suppliers

A list of lumberyards selling alder, bay laurel, claro walnut, madrone, or tanoak

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: Peter Southall

More about Peter Southall's arched-furniture designs
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #199


July/August 2008

Jigs for Smooth Curves

A gallery of circle- and curve-cutting jigs from a master of the bandsaw, plus measured drawings so you can make your own
by Michael Fortune

VIDEO: The FWW Video Podcast

Go behind the scenes with editor Asa Christiana to learn how the articles in this issue came togethe

VIDEO: Upholstering the Prairie Settle

Watch Kevin Rodel make simple but elegant cushions for his Arts and Crafts sof

VIDEO: Sharpening Tips

In an exclusive series of how-to videos, woodworker and teacher Bob Van Dyke answers readers' questions about all aspects of sharpenin

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: Diving Deep into the Details

Long, complex projects in a range of styles keep a career exciting
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #198


May/June 2008

VIDEO: How the Knives Were Tested

A closer look at how contributing editor Steve Latta conducted his test

VIDEO: A Fast-Drying Wiping Finish

Contributing editor Roland Johnson revs up his varnish-tung oil mixtur

VIDEO: Bandsaws: Your Questions Answered

A 9-part series with Roland Johnson, showing how to adjust the wheels, tires, blade, and guides to keep your bandsaw running smoothl

Weekend Project: Build a Shooting Board

Get step-by-step instructions and a free downloadable plan, plus a video of the shooting board in use
by David Finck

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: Behind the Scenes at the Irion Company

Tour a reproduction shop with a passion for period furniture
by Jonathan Binzen

SLIDESHOW: Period Pieces

A series of slideshows featuring nearly all the period masterpieces reproduced by the Irion Company, plus your chance to comment on the selection in our online forum
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #197


March/April 2008

VIDEO: Cut Through-Mortises with a Router

How to use a template and guide bushings to make through mortises with no tearou

VIDEO: Resawing and Mitering

In this excerpt from his DVD on box-making, Doug Stowe shows two ways to resaw stock and how to use a tablesaw sled to cut precise miters and match the grain across the joint

Two Versatile Miter Sleds

In this excerpt from his book Basic Box Making, Doug Stowe shows how to make two tablesaw accessories that let you cut accurate miters in any size of workpiece
by Doug Stowe

VIDEO: Precise Dovetails: Tips for Laying Out Tails

Andy Rae shares his secrets for making a dovetailed drawer that's square, flush, and flat at the corner

Sleigh Bed: Finish Recipe

This hand-applied finish requires no specials skills and brings out the beauty in the wood
by Charles Shackleton

Tool Test Continued: Forstner Bits

Performance data for nine additional brands
by Roland Johnson

Woodworking Projects for Kids

A new series of step-by-step instructions and plans for projects that children as young as five can build

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: A Vision in White

See stunning examples of work by a self-taught woodcarver who's the modern-day equal of 17th-century master Grinling Gibbons
by Jonathan Binzen



Fine Woodworking Issue #196


January/February 2008

VIDEO: Setting the Blade in a Wood Plane

Watch how a few gentle taps with a hammer set the blade in a Krenov-style plane for superior performanc

VIDEO: Sunburst Finishing Technique

See how two dyes worked together transform an already impressive piece of figured maple into something remarkabl

VIDEO: Technique for Inlaying Letters

Learn how to personalize your work with inlaid letter

Pennsylvania Spice Box: Finish Recipe

Step-by-step instructions for a rubbed-on and spray-on shellac finish
by Steve Latta

Pennsylvania Spice Box: Inlay Pattern Download

Get the front and back designs for this project
by Steve Latta

VIDEO: A Strong but Simple Joint on the Tablesaw

The locking rabbet joint is easy to set up and quick to cut; it yields strong drawers and boxe

Make a Traditional Mirror Frame

Get step-by-step assembly instructions and download a free project plan
by Glen G. Guarino

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: Arts and Crafts Explorer

See how Kevin Rodel has put his unique stamp on classic Arts and Crafts designs
by Jonathan Binzen


Fine Woodworking Issue #195


Tools & Shops Winter 2007/2008

VIDEO: Get the Most from Your Planer

Learn how to make a planer cut safely and smoothly, without tearout or snipe

VIDEO: A Sliding Crosscut Table for DeWalt's Hybrid Tablesaw

A unique accessory expands the capabilities of this new saw

Find a Sharpening Service

A list of companies to call on when cutting tools get dull
by the editors of Fine Woodworking

Blog: The Smart Shop (temporarily unavailable) Read Matthew Teague's account of building his garage workshop

VIDEO: Build a Multi-Drawer Cabinet

See two approaches to drawer-making, with lessons on full and half-blind dovetails

VIDEO: Inlay Made Easy

Learn a technique for precise cutting and fitting to create stunning inlay

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: A Cherry Briefcase That Holds 35 Tools

Inspired by the famed H.O. Studley tool chest, a young woodworker built a case to carry his hand tools
by Thomas McKenna


Fine Woodworking Issue #194


November/December 2007

VIDEO: 8 Questions on Handplanes

Woodworker Philip C. Lowe answers questions from readers about choosing handplanes, and demonstrates technique

VIDEO: Make a Danish-Cord Seat

Watch Mark Edmundson weave the cord seat on a bench inspired by a Danish design

Make a Simple Spray Booth

Inexpensive foldaway booth lets you safely spray indoors
by Jeff Jewitt

Spraying Lacquer Finish Recipe

This quick and durable finish is a perfect fit for an everyday bookcase
by Martin J. Milkovits

Wipe-on Oil Finish Recipe

Step-by-step process for applying three coats of wipe-on oil.
by Mark Edmundson

SketchUp Blog: Design. Click. Build.

Read and learn more about SketchUp from Tim Killen and other bloggers

Two Designs for Carved Rosettes

How to create a three-tier rosette and a walnut-shell rosette
by Tony Kubalak

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: Adrian Ferrazzutti

A look at the evolution and growth of a furniture designer
by Jonathan Binzen



Fine Woodworking Issue #193


September/October 2007

VIDEO: The Wood Butcher Papers

Woodworker and humorist Saul Isler introduces his year-long audio series with the story of his first encounter with pen-pal James Kreno

VIDEO: Free-Form Steam Bending

Bend a workpiece in two directions in this technique for creating curved and twisted furniture part

VIDEO: Tour a Boutique Lumbermill

Follow along with a day in the life of a Pennsylvania custom mill to see how trees are harvested, cut, and dried to create furniture-grade lumbe

Directory of Mini Mills
Find contact information for sawyers and boutique lumberyards recommended by Fine Woodworking readers and authors

Make Your Own Banding

Router bits and hot sand create bandings with a striking 3D effect for decorating furniture
by Mark Arnold

VIDEO: Evaluating 14-in. Bandsaws

See how we tested these essential shop machines for resaw capacity and general fit and finish

Is Someone Copying Your Design?

Join our online discussion about the ethical and legal implications of copying a furniture design

Pro Portfolio: Masterful Apprenticeship

College of the Redwoods grad Kevin Kauffunger talks about getting started as a furniture maker


Fine Woodworking Issue #192

July/August 2007

VIDEO: Project Plan: Dead-Flat Assembly Table

The first installment of our exclusive Web-only project series hosted by FineWoodworking.com's new contributing edito

VIDEO: Pennsylvania Man Wins a Shop

High-school woodworking teacher takes home $5,000 in tools for his essay on why he deserves a new sho

VIDEO: Testing Wood Glues

A scientific approach to measuring the strength of various adhesives from yellow glue to epoxy

VIDEO: Assembling an Adirondack Chair

Watch the parts go together and learn a simple technique for cutting and shaping the arms

VIDEO: Radial-Arm Drill Presses

A look at three benchtop models that offer extra reach and tilting heads

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: Turner, Carver, Realist

Maine wood artist Jacques Vesery creates deceives the eye with turned and sculpted objects inspired by nature


Fine Woodworking Issue #191

May/June 2007

VIDEO: Drawbored Mortise and Tenon

Make this tight-fitting joint even stronger by driving a peg through off-set hole

VIDEO: Mixing and Applying Wax

Mix in dry pigments or artist's oil colors to create colored waxes for decorating or protecting wood surfaces

VIDEO: Using a Self-Centering Mortise Jig

Shop-built router jig is a smart solution to cutting mortises for floating mortise-and-tenon joiner

VIDEO: Turning Big Bowls

See how today's heavy-duty lathes are designed to handle large-scale work from bed posts to massive burl

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: Joint Wizardry

Japanese craftsman Kintaro Yazawa takes traditional joinery to a new level



Fine Woodworking Issue #190

March/April 2007

Engineer Shelves With The Sagulator

Online calculator determines thickness and length to prevent shelves from sagging
by Bill Kovalick

VIDEO: Making an Arts and Crafts Chair

Explore the design and construction of this project and see how the back splat is constructed and assemble

VIDEO: Jointer/Planer Combo Changeover

See how these combination machines change from one tool to another

VIDEO: Festool Domino Takes on Mortises

New joinery system combines the strength of mortise-and-tenon joints with the ease of a biscuit joiner

VIDEO: Easy Dovetail Layout

Lay out hand-cut dovetails with a ruler and simple mat

Marking System Keeps Track of Parts

Cabinetmaker's triangles ensure that the sides, back, and front of a dovetail assembly are properly oriented
by Chris Gochnour

SLIDESHOW: Second Life as a Woodworker

An architect-turned-furniture maker talks about changing careers and the furniture that inspired him


Fine Woodworking Issue #189

January/February 2007

VIDEO: Details of a Country Hutch

View a narrated tour of this project, with details on its construction and desig

SLIDESHOW: Make a Tapered Sliding Dovetail

A router, plywood fence, and shim make easy work of producing this sturdy mechanical joint for shelves and partitions
by Matt Berger

SLIDESHOW: When East Meets West

See more of the exhibit, with audio commentary from curators and artists
Book Notes

Reviews of the latest books and videos about woodworking

Plan Download: Stow-and-Go Router Table

Build a full-featured router table that is portable, lightweight and easy to store


Fine Woodworking Issue #188

Tools & Shops Annual Issue - Winter 2006/2007

VIDEO: Spindle-Sander Basics

Explore the anatomy and uses of an oscillating spindle sande

VIDEO: New Tools for 2007: Video Coverage from IWF

See what new tools manufacturers are rolling out for 2007 in our video coverage from the International Woodworking Fair

Lie-Nielsen: Unplugged

Hand-tool scion Tom Lie-Nielsen talks about the evolution of his company in a one-on-one intervie

Book Notes

Reviews of the latest books and videos about woodworking

Make a Chisel Handle

Create a custom handle for your socket chisel in ten steps and practice basic hand-tool use along the way

VIDEO: Tune Up Your Crosscut Sled

Make it last and make it safe with a few simple upgrade

Pro Portfolio: Furniture Mill

Historic mill in Cumberland, Maine, is home to contemporary furniture maker Gregg Lipton and his shop


Fine Woodworking Issue #187

November/December 2006

VIDEO: Details of a Huntboard

Take a tour of this updated classic for more information about its construction and design details

Huntboard Project Plan

Purchase a detailed project plan in the Taunton store

Make a Tapered Sliding Dovetail

A router, plywood fence, and shim make easy work of producing this sturdy mechanical joint for shelves and partition

Tool Test: Half-Blind Dovetail Jigs

These basic but dependable router jigs deliver half-blind dovetails with fixed spacing
by Fred Sotcher

In-Depth Test Results: Waterborne Finishes

View the full test findings from our exhaustive look at waterborne finishes
by Chris A. Minick

VIDEO: Tune Up a Shoulder Plane

Sharpen the blade and clean up the tool to ensure top performance

with Chris Gochnour

VIDEO: Letter Carving Basics

A long-time sign carver demonstrates his techniques for carving the letter

SLIDESHOW: Pro Portfolio: London Calling

Work by the English furniture maker Richard William


Fine Woodworking Issue #186

September/October 2006

Perfecting a Lap Joint

Two ways to repair a miscut lap join

SLIDESHOW: Routing With a Template

Shape furniture parts reliably with a template and a flush-trimming router bi

VIDEO: Details of a Queen Anne Side Chair

Get a close-up look at the making of this 18th-century classic

with Eugene Landon

Pro Portfolio: Design from Down Under

Nature and a vivid imagination inspire the designs of an Australian furniture maker
by Jonathan Binzen



Fine Woodworking Issue #185

July/August 2006

Shaping Furniture with Power Tools

Organic furniture designs come to life with angle grinder, rasps, and a sculptor's eye

VIDEO: Touring a Woodworker's Kitchen

Discover the design and construction considerations that go into building custom kitchen cabinetry

Blog: The Smart Shop

Online diary of a woodworker and author chronicles the process of designing and building a detached workshop
by Matthew Teague

SLIDESHOW: Furniture from Western Hardwoods

Overlooked hardwoods can give your projects a distinctive look
by Anissa Kapsales

Pro Portfolio: Gerald Curry

Maine woodworker evokes the classical style in his modern furniture designs
by Jonathan Binzen



Fine Woodworking Issue #184

May/June 2006

VIDEO: Take a tour of Lonnie Bird's four-poster bed

Explore the design and construction details of this reproduction 18th-century classic with a tour by the maker

View photos of Wayne Marcoux's "bridge" table

The inspiration for this sofa table was the arched base of a bridge
by Wayne Marcoux

Slideshow: mantel designs

A mantel to complement the style of any home
by Mario Rodriguez

Cam-Operated Carving Workstation

Learn how to use this versatile setup to hold your carving blanks securely
by Frederick C. Wilbur

VIDEO: Excerpt: Make a Chair from a Tree

A look at the process of making traditional greenwood chairs

Pro Portfolio: Perfectly Irregular

From fantasy to classical design, one furniture maker describes what inspires his broad range of work
by Michael Cullen


Fine Woodworking Issue #183

March/April 2006

VIDEO: Two Ways to Make Cock Beading

Use a router or traditional hand tools to produce material for this drawer detail

VIDEO: Sharpening a Dovetail Saw

Tune up a dull saw to cut fast and straight in five steps

VIDEO: A Tool Kit for Sharpening Handsaws

Find out which tools are required to revive a dull handsaw

Steve Casey's Project Diary

Elegant tapered legs are shaped by hand


Fine Woodworking Issue #182

January/February 2006

VIDEO: Shaping Tapered Legs

Elegant tapered legs are shaped by hand


Fine Woodworking Issue #181

Tools & Shops Annual Issue - Winter 2005/2006

VIDEO: A Shop Built Around an Island

Space-saving design improves work support, storage, and dust collection


Fine Woodworking Issue #180

November/December 2005

VIDEO: 8-in. Jointers Under $1,400

Many jointers look alike, but a closer inspection of the details separate some from the pack


Fine Woodworking Issue #179

September/October 2005

VIDEO: Contractor Saw Tune-up

Adjust a saw for perfect rips and crosscuts

VIDEO: Cut Matching Curves

Router templates ensure a perfect fit between panels and solid-wood edging


Fine Woodworking Issue #178

July/August 2005

VIDEO: Tablesaw Tapering Jig

Adjustability, safety, and ease of use are key elements of this shopmade sle


Fine Woodworking Issue #176

March/April 2005

A Printable Cutlist

Use this blank chart to create a cutlist for your next woodworking project
by Philip C. Lowe


Fine Woodworking Issue #174

Tools & Shops Annual Issue - Winter 2004/2005

A Safer Tablesaw

As one company prepares to take its safety-centered cabinet saw to the mass market, here's a look back at an early demonstration of the technology
by the editors of Fine Woodworking


Fine Woodworking Issue #171

July/August 2004

Cut List for Pennsylvania Tall Clock

Most of the clock is curly maple, but some parts that don't show are poplar
by Lonnie Bird


Fine Woodworking Issue #169

March/April 2004

More about Cherry

A further look at America's premier cabinetwood
by Jon Arno

Viscosity Conversion Chart

For proper atomization, you must check the viscosity of your finish with a viscosity cup and then adjust your spray-gun settings accordingly
by Jeff Jewitt

Talking Furniture Design

Atlanta exhibit includes sculpted chairs by Ed Moulthrop
by Michael Gilmartin


Fine Woodworking Issue #168

January/February 2004

Cove Angle Calculator

A few quick keystrokes yield tablesaw-blade and fence-angle settings
by Stuart Sabol


Fine Woodworking Issue #166

November/December 2003

World Wide Woodworking

An online portfolio can provide a virtual window into your woodshop
by Darrell Peart

A Simple Way to Upholster Chairs

Slim, comfortable slip seat works for most chairs and uses common materials
by Michael Fortune


Fine Woodworking Issue #161

January/February 2003

Why a Combination Machine Works for Me

A veteran woodworker explains what changed his mind about combination machines and why he's still happy with his seven years later
by Tony O'Malley


Fine Woodworking Issue #159

November/December 2002

Squaring Up a Square

An edged needle file is all you need for tuning up a combination square
by Steve Latta

Sources for Entertainment-Center Supplies

Sources for Steel Wool and Abrasive Pads


Fine Woodworking Issue #158

September/October 2002

Making Three-Phase Machines Work in a One-Phase Shop

Most heavy machinery is designed to be run on three-phase electrical power, but a number of options are available to get the tools running in your one-phase home shop
by John White


Fine Woodworking Issue #149

May/June 2001

Workbench Hardware

A complete parts list for Dick McDonough's workbench, featured in the May/June 2001 issue of Fine Woodworking (#149)


Fine Woodworking Issue #148

March/April 2001

Parts for Chisel Plane

A complete parts list for the wooden chisel plane featured in Norm Pollack's article in the March/April 2001 issue of Fine Woodworking (#148)

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