Author Archives: Chris Schwarz

About Chris Schwarz

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

Install a Half-mortise Chest Lock

Last weekend at the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association I didn’t have time to install the chest lock on the campaign-style officer’s trunk I built for the organization’s fall seminar. And so I promised I would post directions from “The … Continue reading

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Kitchen Table Workbench from The Woodworker

There are many ways to get around not having a dedicated workbench. Here are a few: Some Victorian-era books recommend using a chest of drawers as a bench. Work on the top, store your tools in the top drawers and … Continue reading

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Inside Roubo’s ‘The Book of Plates’

This week we will put the finishing touches on “l’Art du menuisier: The Book of Plates” and send it to the printer. It is astonishing to look at all 383 plates (or 382, depending on how you count them). From … Continue reading

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Wooden Spoons in The Woodworker Magazine

Now that spoon carving has supplanted pen turning as the latest woodworking craze (and it’s about time), you might enjoy this article from The Woodworker magazine, which was likely written and illustrated by Charles H. Hayward. Hayward had excellent contacts … Continue reading

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Still Spots Available in the San Diego Presentation

Got two days free in Southern California? Wanna see a guy make a campaign trunk by hand? There are still seats available in my two-day presentation for the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association seminar this Saturday and Sunday. I’m building … Continue reading

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Charles Hayward, Coffins & a Tribute

While scanning more than 350 old magazines edited by Charles Hayward, we kept running into articles that were made us pause because they were so interesting, yet we didn’t have a place for them in our forthcoming book. We clipped … Continue reading

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‘By Hand & Eye’ Animations

Here you can download the geometry animations discussed in “By Hand & Eye” by George Walker and Jim Tolpin. There are a variety of ways to download them to your computer or watch them. Download the following .zip file. After … Continue reading

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