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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Build a Recurve Bow

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 10, 2011
    Build a Recurve Bow By David Radtke I got my first bow for my fourth birthday. It was plastic and thank heavens the arrows had rubber tips because everything within a 30-ft. radius was fair game. These days I exercise better judgement and only shoot at...
  • 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...
  • Turned Lidded Box

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, November 4, 2011
    Turned Lidded Box A Precision Fit Lid that Snaps Shut By Alan Lacer Of all the different forms of woodturning, I find the most delight in creating lidded boxes. The satisfying snap of a well fit lid as it closes, the beauty of the shape and the wood combined...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Floating Shelves

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 10, 2011
    Floating Shelves Torsion-box construction creates sag-proof shelves that "defy" gravity. By Tim Johnson Some time ago, an Ace Hardware ad in American Woodworker sparked a surprising number of inquiries from readers. They all wanted to know how...
  • 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...
  • Contemporary Bookcase

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 24, 2011
    Contemporary Bookcase Fresh, clean lines, simple, strong construction, and a design you can modify to fit any room. By Randy Johnson The credo of many great 20th century architects was “Form Follows Function.” And for this bookcase, it certainly...
  • Arts & Crafts Bedside Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    Arts & Crafts Bedside Table No cutting corners–this is solid craftsmanship through and through. By Stewart Crick Arts and Crafts is both a style of furniture and a philosophy about craftsmanship. It calls for honest, functional design and a...
  • Reitveld Chair

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 24, 2011
    Reitveld Chair We’ve turned an icon of modern design into a comfortable, easy-to-build outdoor project. By Tom Caspar In 1918 the Dutch cabinetmaker Gerrit Rietveld reduced the idea of a chair to a 3D grid of painted sticks and boards. His revolutionary...
  • 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...