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Cavatelli Pasta-Making Paddle – Revisited

WWGOA reader Henry Kay took Paul Mayer’s cavatelli paddle to another level. He owns a CNC (computer numerical controlled) router system and programmed it to make the paddle and engrave the recipe on the reverse side. In an effort to make the text easier to see, Henry darkened it with coffee. The entire paddle was…

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Domino XP500 Review

In the 21st Century it is rare that a tool can revolutionize a wood joinery technique, yet the Festool Domino does just that. It borrows the portability and engineered fasteners from the biscuit jointer, and the robust joints created by a slot mortiser to result in a super-efficient joint making machine. The first time I…

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An “Authentic” Arts and Crafts Finish

There is actually no single, authentic, “Arts and Crafts finish,” rather many different schools of thought and technique that comprise the totality of the discipline. It seems that people are looking for that radiant, reddish chocolatey finish when uncovering an antique Stickley chair at a garage sale. In my research, I found the original Stickley…

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Modern Media Cabinet Part 4: Drawer Bank Construction and Assembly

In the previous installment of this project, we constructed the horizontal stretchers complete with tenons. Now we will focus on building the drawer bank using plywood joined with biscuits. We will also assemble the cabinet in two stages to simplify this otherwise complex glue-up. See Diagram C for details on construction of the drawer bank.…

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Modern Media Cabinet Part 3: Tenons and Edge Banding

In the previous installment of this project, we performed the milling operations on the legs, including mortises and tapers. Now we will turn our attention to the stretchers that join with the rails, milling tenons and arches where appropriate, as well as applying iron-on veneer banding to exposed plywood edges. Prepare the Stock Cut all…

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