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.
As our eZine readers are likely aware, I recently made a youth-sized dresser for my first grandchild. I got into the project late in the pregnancy, because our large extended family had been searching yard sales and antique stores for an appropriate vintage dresser. We felt certain that the perfect piece would come along at the right price, but in this we were mistaken.
In a recent issue of our eZine, a reader wrote in to get some advice about building a chair. His question was rather specific, regarding the correct splay of the legs to maximize stability and strength. Tim Inman, an expert woodworker and finisher (and a wealth of helpful information!) and yours truly tried to offer this fellow some advice. Our answers took decidedly different approaches to a larger and broader topic of building chairs.
My wife and I took a little trip up the California coast recently, and ended up staying in Little River, a don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-it minor berg just south of Mendocino. Our intention was to get away from the day-to-day stuff, and just relax, do some light hiking, sightseeing, and take in a few golden sunsets.
This stunning piece showcases some beautiful stock, wonderful details, and spot-on hardware selection.
I have attached pictures of an apothecary cabinet I just completed. The primary wood is bubinga. The internal wood is baltic birch. Drawer face fronts are 2″ x 3 5/8″. The Chinese characters are handcarved into the face fronts and filled with Rockler’s wonder wood filler. Finish is danish oil and General Finishes satin poly blend. The bottom cabinet is lined with Chinese calligraphy.
We’ve all got our favorites, I’m sure. Mission and Shaker prompted the most lively responses. Some folks love these two styles, while others clearly don’t. Personally, I’m a fan of both. I like furniture that accentuates wood more than ornamentation, so Mission resonates well with me.
Lately, my third-grade daughter’s pencil drawings are making me wonder if woodworking could be a genetic trait.
When I was her age, I was drawing Peanuts characters, spaceships and some really scary monsters—at least in my estimation. My kiddo Barrett, on the other hand, is drawing tables and chairs these days…in three dimensions, no less! She draws lots of other things too. There are still plenty of puppy and kitty pictures intermingled with her furniture stuff, but tables and chairs are definitely on her mind.
You can just imagine how that goes over with her woodworking father!