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Edition #240.1

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Edition #240.1

Designer's Notebook

Eastlake Table

Designer Dennis Volz has a soft spot for less well-known furniture styles. So his latest project is an Eastlake table. Hear how he uses the forms of this style with a updated twist.

Shop Project

Tool Tote Part 1

Whenever you have a job outside of the shop, you need a way to take and organize your tools. One solution is this double decker tote. Follow along as Logan Wittmer builds a version for himself.

Shop Tip

Mobile Workbench Solution

Adding mobile bases to shop tools and even your workbench makes your shop setup as versatile as possible. Workbench casters can do the job. But here's a way to make those handy wheels even easier to use.

Edition #240.2

Shop Project

Tool Tote Part 2

In the second part of this series, Logan Wittmer wraps up the construction of the tool tote. He forms the uprights and the handle.

Shop Tip

Standard to Metric

Making the crossover from metric to standard dimensions can be a struggle. Here's one woodworker's solution to make quick approximations with just a piece of paper.

Edition #240.3

Designer's Notebook

Edge Sander

Creative director, Chris Fitch has a knack for making home-built tools. His latest project is a full-size edge sander. The trick is distilling the machine to its essentials and coming up with clever solutions for making it with simple techniques.

Woodworking Technique

Using a Scratch Stock

Adding custom details is one way to make your projects stand out. It doesn't have to require expensive or complicated tools to do. Designer Dennis Volz demonstrates out to use a traditional tool and some scrap steel to make decorative reeds for a table he recently designed.

Shop Tip

Folding a Band Saw Blade

New band saw blades come coiled in a compact package. It's handy for storage, but once you remove a blade from the saw, it isn't obvious how to get it folded again. Phil Huber shows one reliable method. It's all in the wrists.

Edition #240.4

Designer's Notebook

Campaign Chair

A chair is a tough project for any woodworker to tackle. Not only does it have to look good, it should be sturdy and as simple to build as possible. In this video, designer Dillon Baker explores a revival of a mid-century campaign chair and how he met its challenges.

Shop Tip

Band Saw Blade Rack

Coiled band saw blades don't take up much space. However, keeping them organized and easy to get to present some obstacles. Here's one clever way to get the job done.

Edition #240.5

Woodworking Technique

Sewing Leather

A campaign chair featured in Woodsmith magazine used leather for the upholstery. While it's something you can take to a professional, the techniques aren't that difficult to master. Logan Wittmer walks you through the basic saddle stitching steps.

Woodworking Technique

Coloring Mahogany

Using potassium dichromate to transform the look of wood is an old technique. The trouble is the chemical is hazardous and requires special handling. Vince Ancona shows how it was used to change the color of mahogany. The results speak for themselves. The question is would you use it?

Shop Tip

Sawhorse Corral

Woodsmithplans.com features a clever sawhorse plan that folds completely flat. This matching rack keeps them stored and ready for their next task.