Author Archives: lostartpress

About lostartpress

Publisher of woodworking books and DVDs specializing in hand tool techniques.

The Minimalist Anarchist Tool Kit

To build an English-style tool chest, you don’t need a chest full of hand tools. Here is what I consider the minimum tool kit necessary to build this chest during a class or in your shop (as soon as you … Continue reading

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What is that Shadowy Thing? Solved.

When you look at old engravings, there are going to be details that confuse. Perhaps they were drawn incorrectly. Or you just don’t have enough information to interpret the marks on the page. Several years ago, I wrote about the … Continue reading

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Insults From Beyond the Grave

Philippe Lafargue, my Roubo translation collaborator and long-time friend, has been insulted. Deeply. By M. Roubo himself. Roubo’s chapters on chairmaking are technically sublime, with many profound insights and word pictures I find captivating. However, he is incessant in his … Continue reading

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A Roorkee Footstool

The principles behind the Roorkee chair can be easily adapted to other forms of furniture besides chairs. Its loose-tenon joinery has been used to make beds and even tables on occasion. Today, however, I saw my first Roorkee footstool. This … Continue reading

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Time to Stop and Smell the Sapele

Tucked between my trips to both coasts and editing Peter Galbert’s in-fricking-credible book on chairmaking I’ve been building this folding campaign bookcase in sapele for an article in Popular Woodworking Magazine. The bookcase looks so simple: two boxes that are … Continue reading

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A Correction to my Entry on Polissoirs

My recent article on the new polissoirs from Don’s Barn and a long-term test of the burnishing effect from the tool had a significant error: The photo showed the wrong sample board. That similar-looking sample board was given to me … Continue reading

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Chipbreaker-setting Trick

Rhett Fulkerson of Nice Planes in Frankfort, Ky., showed me a cool trick for setting a chipbreaker quickly, precisely and perfectly parallel to the cutting edge. Take a feeler gauge whose thickness is equal to the distance you want to … Continue reading

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Last Call for Free Shipping on ‘Campaign Furniture’

Free domestic shipping for “Campaign Furniture” ends at midnight tonight, April 5. After that, shipping and handling will be $8. Eight dollars is a lot of money (though not as much as $300). That $8 could be a six pack … Continue reading

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About the Obscure, Narrow and Nichey ‘Campaign Style’

Several of my friends and colleagues have been surprised by how well our new book, “Campaign Furniture,” has been selling. “That’s amazing,” they say, “for a style of furniture that is so ____________ .” Fill in the blank with any … Continue reading

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New Polissoirs and a Long-term Test

If you don’t read my blog at Popular Woodworking Magazine, you might want to check out this article I posted there this morning. Git yer polissoirs. — Christopher Schwarz

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