STL 134: Crosscut Sleds and Friendly Commissions

[ad_1] Question 1: I have built several crosscut sleds, and they all seem to be flawed enough to where after I am finished I think to myself that I might have to scrap it and start over. I built one out of 1/2 in plywood and made my reference fence from several layers of […]

Backcover/How They Did It: Period Imperfect

[ad_1] Dan Strout is a period furniture enthusiast, but he doesn’t confine himself to exact reproductions. Strout’s tall clock combines complex shaping with vacuum veneering, inlay, turning, bent lamination, and carving. To make the project more approachable, he broke it into four parts: bombe base, the central section or waist, the neck, and the drumhead. Get […]

Finish Line: Traditional crackle finish

[ad_1] A crackled milk paint finish can add bold color and texture to any piece. Typically used in Shaker or Colonial-style furniture, it is a surprisingly simple finish to achieve. Just brush on a base coat of milk paint, a layer of crackle medium, and a topcoat of milk paint, and get ready to watch […]

Philadelphia Furniture Show, March 31 – April 2, 2017

[ad_1] Coffee Table by David Rozek Looking for something to do next weekend? Are you near Philadelphia? Then you might want to check out the Philadelphia Furniture Show March 31 – April 2, 2017 at the 23rd Street Armory. Friday night is a preview party complete with food and drink, music and presentations by Habitat for […]

The Double Life of Bill Pavlak

[ad_1] For 40 hours a week, I work in the Anthony Hay Cabinet Shop at Colonial Williamsburg and yes, my shoes have buckles and my sleeves an impressive poofiness. I also build furniture at home in a 21st century way, though still mostly with hand tools and traditional joinery. The contrasts between the two approaches […]