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Woodcraft Magazine October/November 2018 (85)

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If you’ve been reading the magazine, you’ve seen Rob Spiece share his expertise on making small boxes, flattening slabs, recovering from woodworking mistakes, and more. This issue’s contributions (Flame Finish, p. 54; Teaching Table, p. 36, 10 Tips for Better Tabletops, p. 30) are further evidence of the woodworking (and writing) talents that Rob continues to cultivate at the JD Lohr School of Woodworking. Outside the shop, Rob has taken up a new activity with kids Sid and Laura: fishing. “We’ve been out about 10 times so far,” Rob says. He also enjoys hanging out with wife Andrea, and tearing up the racquetball court with anyone who wants to play an opponent with workshop-strengthened forearms. “My dad bought me a used ShopSmith™ for my 14th birthday,” says Doug Stowe (Box Guitar,…

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on the web

Extra extras. This issue is packed with bonus content. We have projects, techniques, patterns, and templates for just about everything in the issue. Check out our website to read the extras online, or download a free PDF. There’s even a video of Rob’s flame finish in action. Survey Says!? Well, actually, that’s up to you. Check out our online survey to give your opinion, and let us know how we’re doing. All you have to do is go to You’ll see the survey link at the top of the page. It takes only a moment to complete, and your answers will help shape the content of your favorite woodworking magazine. (That’s us, by the way. Right?)…

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table matters

A few years ago, I took the “Practical Woodworking” class at The JD Lohr School of Woodworking in Schwenksville, PA. At the end of the week, I had a nice-looking table for my home and a wealth of knowledge for my shop. The curriculum touched on just about everything from how a tree grows to how to apply a finish. I gained valuable experience and made fast friends with the instructors and my fellow students. My instructor Rob Spiece wrote the article on page 36. You can build the same table at your own pace and in the comfort of your own shop. Essential skills like laminating legs, creating mortise & tenon joinery, and making a table top (p. 30) are inherent in the table’s construction. Making the table top was a…

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share your ideas.

We love hearing from readers! And there are all kinds of reasons to get in touch with the crew at Woodcraft Magazine. Check out the details below. General information: 4420 Emerson Ave., Suite A P.O. Box 7020 Parkersburg, WV 26102 800-542-9125 Share a slick tip to win cash or a prize. Here’s your chance to help someone become a better woodworker and get rewarded for the effort. The winner of next issue’s Top Tip award will receive a Woodcraft Gift Card worth $250. All others will receive $125 for a published illustrated tip or $75 for a non-illustrated tip. Published tips become the property of Woodcraft Magazine. Email us at and put “Tips & Tricks” in the subject line or visit, and click on Contact. Important: Please include your phone number, as an editor may need to…

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jory brigham

West Coast furniture maker and woodworking teacher Jory Brigham has a modern take on nostalgia. He designs pieces with mid-century flair and the idea that furniture should last. And Jory believes that anyone can find their individual style. You just need to do two things: Work with your hands and don’t let adulthood erase the creativity, curiosity, and energy you have as a child. Although he grew up in a family full of craftsmen, Jory still managed to cut a swath all his own, creating an impressive variety of furniture collections that have attracted clients from all over the country. Remarkably, Jory also finds time to teach woodworking classes at his workshop in Paso Robles, California. I had the opportunity to visit with Jory, and meet his wife Alison, daughter…

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news & views

Mistakes make us great I wanted to compliment you on your editor page “Getting Sharp” (page 6, June/July 2018, issue 83). I am retired and can relate to every word. I can also most certainly relate to the Wood Filler article, called “Great Mistakes,” on page 72. The two articles tie together nicely. I am sure there are millions of woodworkers who feel as I do: If I could make one piece of furniture without a mistake, it would be a real miracle. I didn’t realize until I read the article what a mistake, along with an ingenious fix, could mean to me. Robert Spiece did a masterful job in making me feel like one of the best woodworkers in the world. I have now decided to start a business of making mistakes…