This article, first published in the Woodworker's Journal October 2010 issue, is a lovely occasional table that converts into a game table with a hidden twist.Read More
Ralph Bagnall has written freelance woodworking articles since 2001. The articles posted in this area are free to download for personal use.
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This elegant hardwood and bamboo sushi tray is based on a traditional design - with a modern flair. Breadboard ends with butterfly splines, dovetailed legs, and built-in chopstick rests are created utilizing dovetail joinery techniques. Article includes instructions, photographs, detailed drawings, and a cut list. Published in Woodcraft Magazine, March 2007.Read More
Originally published in Woodcraft Magazine, January 2007, this article walks you through how to create mission-style frames using half-laps rather than miters to join the corners. Article includes instructions and helpful photographs.Read More
Work Sharp, The Wood Tool Sharpener, is made by the same company that manufactures the Drill Doctor. This all-in-one sharpening system is promoted as an air-cooled woodworking tool sharpening system that grinds, sharpens and hones without cumbersome jigs - but is that how it really functions? Ralph Bagnall used the Work Sharp in his shop and shares his results in this September 2007 article from Woodcraft Magazine.Read More
Bring your chess or checkers game with you wherever you go! This charming game table, based on a British Campaign era piece, is designed to fold up and store the detachable stand inside its case. Article includes drawings, detailed instructions with photographs, a cut list and design template. Originally published in Woodcraft Magazine, March 2006.Read More
In this article, Ralph Bagnall shows you how to use lock-miter bits and drawer-lock bits to create solid joinery using your router table. Detailed instructions and step-by-step photographs guide you through learning how to set up and create perfect-fitting joinery using locking bits. Originally published in Woodcraft Magazine, January 2006.Read More
Ralph Bagnall reviews the CarveWright CompuCarve compact CNC Carving Machine in this article from the May 2007 issue of Woodcraft Magazine. The CompuCarve CNC Carving Machine was sold by Sears under the Craftsman brand. Learn what works - and what doesn't in this little machine.Read More
Tidy up nearly any drawer in your home or shop with this easy to build modular drawer organizer. Designed to be adjustable, this organizer will meet your storage needs as they evolve over time. Article includes detailed instructions and materials list. Published in Woodcraft magazine, January 2006.Read More
Magswitch has created "switchable" magnets - magnets that can be set in place unmagnetized, then switched on by turning a knob. Discover why Ralph is very pleased with how these powerful magnets work in his shop. Published in Woodcraft Magazine, July 2007.Read More
Learn how to make moldings in your home woodworking shop with a few basic bits - no expensive cutters or specialized molding machine needed! Article includes instructions and numerous photographs. Published in Woodcraft Magazine, November 2005.Read More
Based on an antique set of nested tables, this ensemble's unique slide-in design makes it easy to store and move as a unit or separate and enjoy three small easily portable tables anywhere in the home. Article includes step-by-step instructions, detailed drawings and a material cut list. Published in Woodcraft Magazine, September 2005.Read More
Although most box joint jigs are single-use items, the shop-built adjustable box joint jig in Ralph's article from the 2004 Winter Collector's Edition of Woodworker's Journal has the distinct advantage of being reusable.Read More
A versatile kitchen accessory originally designed to complement the Hoosier Cabinets of the 1920s, this step stool makes an excellent extra seat in your kitchen - and it becomes an handy stool when you need one too! Published in Woodworker's Journal, June 2002.Read More
Plow decorative flutes with accuracy and ease using this ingenious jig. Its unique "springy" movable fence makes this jig a highly effective router accessory. Article includes detailed drawings and material list. Published in Woodworker's Journal, June 2003.Read More