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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Frame & Panel Hope Chest

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 15, 2014
    Frame & Panel Hope Chest Mortise and Tenon Joinery the Easy Way By Tom Caspar I used to struggle with mortise and tenon joinery. I tried every new system that came along, but they all seemed way too complicated. One day a friend of a friend walked...
  • Push-Button Bandsaw Box

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, December 14, 2012
    Push-Button Bandsaw Box How do you open it? Just push the bottom drawer. By Alex Snodgrass If you've ever been to a woodworking trade show, you’ve probably seen me demonstrating on the bandsaw. I’ve been doing it for, oh, 21 years now–a...
  • Wooden Spring Tongs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, December 13, 2012
    Wooden Spring Tongs A great all-around kitchen utensil. By David Radtke Here’s a great kitchen utensil you’re sure to find indispensable. These wooden tongs feature a unique spring tab mechanism built into a knuckle joint. The joint allows...
  • Queen Anne Footstool & Cabriole Leg

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, March 23, 2012
    Old styles of furniture can still speak to us loud and clear today. The Queen Anne style, popular in America from 1725 to 1760, is an elegant language of flowing lines and reverse curves. This footstool is a small-scale example of a very elaborate style...
  • Greene and Greene Mailbox

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, March 23, 2012
    We needed a new mailbox, but I couldn’t find an off-the-shelf version that I liked. So I decided to build my own. As I’ve always admired the work of Greene and Greene, the architect brothers who fused Asian design with Arts and Crafts style...
  • Shaker Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, March 23, 2012
    Shaker Table A perfect blend of classic lines and modern joinery. By Tom Caspar When I first saw a drawing of this table 20 years ago in a book by Thomas Moser, I knew I had to make it. It perfectly captures the essence of classic Shaker design. Taut...
  • Lighted Quilt Hanger

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, March 21, 2012
    Lighted Quilt Hanger By Randy Johnson Decorative quilts make great wall displays, and this quilt valance gives you an easy way to show off a quilt—with light, no less. The top of the valance doubles as a small shelf for displaying plates or other...
  • Stickley Sideboard

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, March 21, 2012
    Stickley Sideboard By Tim Johnson and Bruce Kieffer This sideboard is a reproduction of one that originally appeared in Gustav Stickley’s 1912 Craftsman Furniture Catalog as piece No. 8141⁄2. The cost was $50. It was factory produced, at a...
  • Show Case

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, March 14, 2012
    Show Case View your treasures from every angle. By Luke Hartle Any collection you want to display, from fish fossils to Baccarat crystal will look great inside this cabinet. It allows unobstructed viewing from the front because the doors are on the sides...
  • Norwegian Tine

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, March 14, 2012
    Norwegian Tine By Jim Anderson and Cathy Balazs Almost everyone associates oval bentwood boxes with the Shakers. But Scandinavian artisans were making similar lidded boxes, called tine (pronounced “tee-nah”) long before the Shakers settled...
  • St. Croix Valley Chairs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, March 14, 2012
    St. Croix Valley Chairs Enjoy your setting while comfortably sitting. By Tim Johnson Stylish and comfortable, these chairs are also built to last. Made of rot-resistant white oak, with robust joinery secured with weatherproof glue, they’re guaranteed...
  • Face Frame Cabinets

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 6, 2012
    Face Frame Cabinets Master these techniques to open up a world of projects. By George Vondriska If you can make dadoes, rabbets and face frames, you can make almost any cabinet. Master this foundation of skills and you’ll be ready to launch into...
  • Patio Planter

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 21, 2012
    Patio Planter By Tim Johnson If you can build a box, you can build this planter. It’s much sturdier than most commercial versions, so it should last for many years. It’s also the perfect opportunity for you to try your hand at shingling! The...
  • Build Your Own French Doors

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 21, 2012
    Build Your Own French Doors Traditional joinery and stave construction make these doors stable and durable. By Brad Holden Let that sunlight in, enjoy the view, and make a grand entrance! French doors are simply doors with windows from top to bottom....
  • Arts & Crafts Table Lamp

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    Arts & Crafts Table Lamp Sure-fire steps simplify the intricate shade joinery. By Jon Stumbras Our table lamp is reminiscent of the Prairie style of design, with lines that Frank Lloyd Wright might favor. In spite of its complex-looking shade, this...