About Matt Becker

Matt Becker is the Content Coordinator for Woodworker's Journal and manages much of our online content. While very much a novice when it comes to woodworking, Matt is a fan of anything creative and "home-made", such as home-brewed beer, home-roasted coffee, and his home-built road bicycle.

November/December 2012 Issue Preview

As we head into this holiday season, the new December 2012 print issue of Woodworker’s Journal offers four unique projects tailored for filling your gift list or for trimming the tree, along with much more.

Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll find in the issue.

Then, swing over to our online store to buy your own copy of the November/December 2012 issue!

September/October 2012 Issue Preview

September/October 2012 Issue CoverPracticality is a good way to sum up the theme of our projects in our new September/October 2012 issue, which is available on newsstands September 4th. If you’re looking for a sensible, yet challenging piece of furniture to build for your home this fall, this issue has you covered.

Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll find in the issue.

Then, swing over to our online store to buy your own copy of the September/October 2012 issue!

July/August 2012 Issue Preview

July/August 2012 Issue CoverSummer may bring dog days and busy vacation schedules, but it’s still a great time for woodworking. Our July/August 2012 issue, on sale at newsstands July 3rd, will bring you a full order of projects and tool news to keep your warm-weather woodworking fresh.

Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll find in the issue.

Then, swing over to our online store to buy your own copy of the July/August 2012 issue!

Historic Collection of Woodworking Projects Now Available

Today's Woodworker  Complete Collection CD

Here at Woodworker’s Journal, we’ve been digging deep in our archives to put together our largest collection to date of almost-forgotten projects, articles, tips, techniques and wood science. But the archives where we’ve been digging aren’t exactly Woodworker’s Journal archives — at least, not really. Confused?

Longtime readers may remember when two different magazines — Woodworker’s Journal and Today’s Woodworker — combined into the publication you know today as Woodworker’s Journal. Once that happened, Today’s Woodworker ceased publication.

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Cherry End Table

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a reader project here on the blog but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some great submissions! This end table showcases shaping skills on the legs and top, along with a forward-thinking finishing choice.

I made this end table made from 4/4 plain cherry. I adapted the design from a wall table design. My wife “put in an order” for an end table with a European provincial look.

Top is made of 2 pieces of biscuited (#20 biscuits) cherry 13″ long x 15″wide. Top upper edges were routed with 1/4″ stem 1″ cove bit. Top overhands stretchers by 1″, overall height is 21″. Legs were sculpted using saber saw.

The was finished in Minwax cherry stain #235 and Minwax Wipe On Polyurethane. I chose poly since the top would be subjected to drink glasses. Final coat was sanded ever so lightly with 1200 just to remove any “fuzz..” So far so good!

- Stan Feinberg, Wantagh, NY

Do you have a project you’d like to share?  Click here to send it in!

Matt Becker
Internet Production Coordinator

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cherry table in use

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Hough’s American Woods

Hough's American Woods 1

During a recent visit to the Anderson Horticultural Library at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the librarian was kind enough to show me their collection of Hough’s American Woods.  The pages you see pictured do not contain photographs – they’re actually three pieces of veneer for each species, along with a description and information contained in the booklets.

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Three-Wood Desk & Chair

This reader’s project skillfully combines three different species without sacrificing the pieces’ cohesive looks.

This is a desk and chair I recently made for my granddaughter that now has a place to do her homework. It’s made from leftover oak, maple, and walnut. The top is made from walnut plywood left from a dining table project and quarter-sawn oak edging remaining from a rocking chair project. The front chair legs are made from a piece of 100-year-old oak beam salvaged from a barn demolition. Does this make it a “green” project?

- Paul Douglass; Centennial CO

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Matt Becker
Internet Production Coordinator

desk and chair

Arts & Crafts End Tables

We may not have posted many reader projects lately, but that doesn’t mean you’ve stopped making them! Some nice stock selection for the tops and eye-catching drawer joinery help make these tables stand out in any setting.

Here are a few pictures of some arts and crafts inspired end tables I built. All mortise and tenon joinery, with a sand cast bronze drawer pull. The finish consists of General’s Mission Oak Gel Stain, topped with two coats of amber shellac and wax.

Steve Pedersen

Do you have a project you’d like to share? Click here to send it in!

Matt Becker
Internet Production Coordinator

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drawer face