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New England Slant-lid Desk-on-Frame

When it’s time to begin a new furniture project, I go to my scrapbook of “To Do” pieces. (It’s not really a scrapbook – it’s a folder on my desktop.) If nothing there catches my attention or the selections are less than stellar to me on that day, I search a number of trusted antique [...]

A Better Bookcase Design

I wanted to design a bookshelf that met my needs for space to keep different sizes and types of media in one cabinet. I decided on a design that emulates the style of a Charles Limbert piece from the early 20th century. That unit has a main case of standard bookshelf depth and two shallower [...]

Mortise & Tenon: Traditional Joints for Today’s Woodworker

  Readers of an article such as this look for answers, a set of rules that can be memorized so they know what an experienced woodworker knows. Authors of articles such as this usually provide this information, and as long as the reader makes a joint of the type and size used in the author’s [...]

Compass Inlay

We all occasionally need a little direction – it’s easy to get off course. As man first began to sail across oceans, maps were drawn to help give direction and guide ships. The “compass rose” came to life, but for most woodworkers, the compass rose is purely decorative. I’ve been aware of it for many [...]

Precision Woodworking

  As a custom furnituremaker, integrating CNC (Computer Numeric Control) technology into my shop has allowed me to become far more profitable without compromising quality. During the last few decades, there have been many technological advances that have provided even the smallest of shops with powerful recourses that have helped level the playing field. These [...]

Reeding Between The Lines

Rote imitation of period furniture and its related design elements has never appealed to me. I’ve always been much more interested in why certain elements are associated with particular styles of furniture and how each style evolved than I have been with how its hallmark elements can be replicated either with hand tools or machines. [...]

Chasing the Byrdcliffe Iris Desk

It started innocently enough. A couple of readers on my blog suggested that I teach a class on building the Byrdcliffe linen press, a project I built for the cover of another magazine in 2006. That large cabinet, with carved and colored sassafras leaves on the doors and green-stained quartersawn white oak was one of [...]