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The Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 3

The Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 3

We woodworkers work hard to put stuff together. But we suck eggs when it comes to taking things apart. Every woodworker – no matter how skilled – needs an “iron crow.” It’s a thin-bladed pry bar that can actually get inside of cabinets and lever parts apart. I used to have one made from an … Read more »

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The Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 2

The Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 2

If you buy your screwdriver tips at the home center, then you have probably figured out they are made from recycled chewing gum. They are, for the most part, worthless. The steel is too soft, the tips are malformed and they fall out of the driver constantly. (Other than that, they’re great!) And if you … Read more »

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The Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 2

The Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 2

If you buy your screwdriver tips at the home center, then you have probably figured out they are made from recycled chewing gum. They are, for the most part, worthless. The steel is too soft, the tips are malformed and they fall out of the driver constantly. (Other than that, they’re great!) And if you … Read more »

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The Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 1

The Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 1

I’ve been gagging a lot lately on some of the woodworking “gift guides” out there. About 90 percent of the stuff in them is just silly, cheap stuff that you really don’t need. I can say this because I’m a “gift guide” victim. One year my wife took the kids to a woodworking store to … Read more »

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An Even Better Bench Light

An Even Better Bench Light

This summer I swallowed hard and praised an inexpensive IKEA light that I used while teaching at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. When I returned home, I was going to buy one. But then I found that one of my kids had purchased one and had it in her room. So I pinched it. … Read more »

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& Crafts Furniture’">A Hidden Gem: ‘Building Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture’

A Hidden Gem: ‘Building Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture’

If you are a student of Arts & Crafts furniture, don’t be put off by the too-generically titled “Building Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture” by Michael Crow. This book should be more properly titled “The Genius of Limbert Furniture Designs.” This book is narrowly focused on 33 designs produced by Charles Limbert’s furniture factory in … Read more »

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An Exquisite Interior

I don’t usually post a blog of another’s blog but the sheer volume of labor involved in this building had my head spinning.
Houses of worship (churches, synagogues & mosques) are most aften the premier  examples of the man’s most elaborate architectural work but… this was, actually, one of the first Loew’s movie theaters / it is located in Queens, NY

The Queens Movie Theater You Will Not Believe

 

 

Others Building the Dutch Tool Chest

Others Building the Dutch Tool Chest

If you are thinking about building the Dutch Tool Chest from the October 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, you aren’t alone. I’ve heard from dozens of other woodworkers who see it as a simple, fast and efficient way to store your hand tools (and make them portable). I’ve been using my Dutch chest for … Read more »

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Different Kinds of Roorkhee Chairs

Different Kinds of Roorkhee Chairs

Since building my first run of Roorkhee chairs for the October 2012 issue of Popular Woodworking, I’ve been able to explore many of the variants of this nifty design, from the original version (shown in the magazine), to its iteration in the hands of Kaare Klint. This week I’m building an early chair inspired by … Read more »

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Furniture in Wartime

Furniture in Wartime

When the British Empire expanded to almost every corner of the globe in the 19th century, the furniture of the mobile class evolved into simplified versions of high-style Georgian wares, according to scholars of the period. Fancy chests of drawers lost their carvings and mouldings so they would be more robust. Large pieces of furniture … Read more »

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