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Sept. 11, 2019
Following after the Arts & Crafts movement, the Art Nouveau style added curves and details that give it a unique look. Creative director Chris Fitch designed this bookstand to introduce the style. You can see the family resemblance. The stand is also a great storage and display piece for special books or can even work as a stand-up desk.
Sept. 18, 2019
Designer John Doyle wanted to create a small shop workhorse. The result is a rolling, self-contained workshop. It has space for a compact table saw, a router table, and a thickness planer. When you consider the outfeed surface, and all the storage inside, this cart is a rolling workshop.
Shop-Made Toggle Clamp
Toggle clamps come in handy for securing a workpiece to a jig, sled, or tool table (like a drill press). They can be expensive. So one reader decided to make one for himself from wood. The result is a fun exercise in precision woodworking and a practical addition to the shop.
Sept. 25, 2019
Creative director Chris Fitch has a thing for trains — especially vintage steam locomotives. So for his latest project, he took inspiration from New York Central's famed 20th Century Limited. Find out how he created a model and creating details that don't bog you down.
Oct. 2, 2019
Oct. 9, 2019
Metal and glass cabinets served a practical and stylish need in medical offices in the first half of the 20th century. They're just as handy in homes and apartments today. Designer Dillon Baker took inspiration from those cabinets and applied it to one you can build with simple techniques and low-cost materials.
Making Curved Legs
Creating flared legs seems like a high bar to cross because finding thick stock can be difficult, not to mention expensive considering most of the material ends up getting cut away. Here's a solution for creating two styles of leg that won't break the bank and offer a creative solution for any shop.
Oct. 16, 2019
Recess in Bookstand Drawer
A Woodsmith bookstand was built in the Art Nouveau style. One of the details is a recessed detail formed on the drawer front. Shop Craftsman Marc Hopkins demonstrates how to create this look with a handheld router. You're sure to find other uses for this technique.
Oct. 23, 2019
Working With Tools
While most of us keep a ruler handy for measuring and tool setups, there are other options to choose from. Setup blocks can provide a solid reference point for fences, bits, and stops. A physical registration point eliminates the "eyeballing" necessary with some measuring tasks.