March/April 2014

March/April 2014

As the weather starts to warm back up, Woodworker’s Journal helps you get back into the shop with a Classic Bookcase, an interesting Wall Lamp, a simple, but effective Bedroom Valet and an Art Deco Cabinet perfect for your small shop. All that and much, much more (including tips on keeping your shop warm right now!) in the March/April 2014 issue of the Woodworker’s Journal.


Art Deco Cabinet: Art Deco design features like geometric lines and simple elegance combine with modern functionality: a double-decker pullout drawer makes this piece perfect for use as a nightstand, end table or more.

Classic Limbert Bookcase: Inspired by the style of an Arts & Crafts-era designer, this bookcase uses simple rabbet and dado joinery, plus template routing to recreate distinguished details like square cutouts and radiused corners.

Jigs & Fixtures: One 4×8 sheet of plywood creates two clamp racks, storing over 80 clamps apiece, in Chris Marshall’s practical, inexpensive shop storage project.

Accordion Wall Lamp: This lamp’s scissor arm extends up to 57 inches from the wall, literally bringing the light to the task. It involves several duplicate pieces: the builders encourage you to “jig up” every chance you get during construction.

Bedroom Valet: Master woodworker Ian Kirby walks you through the thought process for designing a functional, purpose-built piece, like this Bedroom Valet for clothing and suitcase storage.


Today’s Shop: Woodworker’s Journal senior editor Chris Marshall pays tribute to his shop’s standby tools: what couldn’t he live without?

Shop Test: Sandor Nagyszalanczy walks you through all the options for heating up your shop. What’s available? How much heat do you need? What’s most cost-effective? It’s all in here.

Woodturning: Learn how to successfully turn long, slender items with advice from Ernie Conover (and a steady rest)

Finishing: A guide to ammonia fuming


Tool Review: Chris Marshall examines the current crop of 10” sliding compound miter saws. His tests of hundreds of crosscuts and compound cuts through hard maple help answer the question “which saw is right for you?”

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