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Keyboard Cutting Board

December/January 2016/2017 | Issue 244 | Page: 28

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Blocks of walnut and maple, separated by ebony veneer and enhanced with end-grain "shadows," create the illusion of black keys standing proud of white keys.

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Give a Little, Get a Lot

November 2016 | Issue 243 | Page: 24

Victoria Woodcock encourages generosity by woodworkers in this issue's Unvarnished column.

Mackintosh-style Occasional Table

November 2016 | Issue 243 | Page: 26

This table is an interpretation of one Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed for Hill House in Helensburgh, Scotland, ca. 1904. Though not as well known in America as Stickley or Roycroft, Mackintosh (1868-1928) was an important figure in the European Arts & Crafts movement. His work encompassed both architecture and furniture. The through-mortises and crisp, square cutouts may look diffiult, but they really are quite easy. The secret to success is in a careful glue-up.

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Dazzle with Double Dovetails

November 2016 | Issue 243 | Page: 32

If the dovetail joint is considered the hallmark of true craftsmanship, a double dovetail carries twice the cachet. Don't be intimidated by its perceived complexity. You can craft this dazzling half-blind dovetail joint using an Incra router-table system.

Mil-spec Iowa-class Battleship

November 2016 | Issue 243 | Page: 36

Whether patrolling the waves of your living room floor or anchored atop the fireplace mantle, this stately warship will make an impressive flagship for your wooden fleet.

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Finish your finish

November 2016 | Issue 243 | Page: 42

I've always believed that if a project's finish doesn't pass the "touch test"—when running your hands over the project, you feel a flawless, satin-smooth surface—that finish diminishes the impact of quality design or construction. So here are a few simple tricks that will make your finish a point of pride.

Zigzag Box

November 2016 | Issue 243 | Page: 44
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For visual impact, it's hard to beat this box. A perpetual pattern tracing around all sides fascinates the eye. Alternating shades of cherry and walnut create the illusion of corners extending toward and away from you. Quilted maple–if you can obtain some–enhances the effect. Lift the lid, and you'll find the pattern inside the box, too. Even with all these angles, you'll enjoy straightforward construction.

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Rout Perfect Circles

November 2016 | Issue 243 | Page: 48

You can cut large circles with a arouter, bandsaw, or jigsaw. Of those three, only a router with a straight or spiral bit ensures a true circle requiring very little edge cleanup. It only takes about 10 minutes to make and install a trammel onto your plunge router. Here's how to do it.

Idea Shop 6: Build your own Cabinets

November 2016 | Issue 243 | Page: 50

With two of the next four paychecks, you'll buy the materials to build a set of base and upper cabinets. In doing so, you'll learn pocket-hole joinery, a fast way to assemble face frames and other components of cabinets and furniture. But first, use your set-aside money to purchase a thickness planer to sit alongside your jointer, completing the on-two punch for dressing lumber.

Whether you're a beginning woodworker crafting a few pieces for your home or a seasoned professional making furniture for a living, you'll experience tasks that a plane—with sharp blade, mind you—can do better than any other power or hand tool. And you don't need a fleet of planes of every size to tackle those jobs. For most situations, this trio will do nicely.