Building a project from reclaimed lumber creates a piece with instant character, not to mention the green benefits of salvaging some wonderful material. But freshly cut edges and ends lack that time-worn patina and stick out like a sore thumb. With a little trial and error, plus a mix of finishing techniques, you can have your reclaimed-lumber projects looking good as old.
To demonstrate, we built the chairside chest from issue 229 (November 2014) using pine shelving rescued from a shut-down, century-old shoe store.
Building your own shop cabinets isn’t rocket science (See More Resources, bottom of page, for cabinet-building tips). But if you’d rather buy than build, start shopping for inexpensive unfinished or ready-to-assemble cabinets at a home center. (We found a 12"-wide unfinished wall cabinet for $35, for example.) Most you can finish and install for all-purpose storage—if they don’t buckle under a stack of stoneware dinner plates, they’ll hold your tools. You can also modify them for special uses, such as tool stands.
This simple technique creates an eye-popping optical illusion.
Slides come in many different types, and determining which to buy can be confusing. Here’s how to pick the best one for the job.
Sometimes close enough is close enough. But when precision matters, turn to calipers.
With a sharp blade and by moving your arms and legs in unison, shavings will flow from your hand plane with minimal effort. Follow these simple steps to improve your results.
In this article, Jim Heavey shows you how you can use an ogee with a fillet to create six different profiles.
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Whether you’re ripping a board for the first time, or have been making that cut for years, it pays to review the fundamentals.
Sharpen more efficiently by using wheels best suited for your tools.