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- Holdfast Holes: Where Should They be Located?You don’t need a lot of holdfast holes to hold most work on your bench. In fact, I’ve found that somewhere between eight and 10 holes is more than enough for most work. And if I used a tail vise, I probably could get away with just two or three holdfast holes. The topic of where to put holdfast holes stresses out a lot of bench builders, especially if they’v […]
- Disassemble Heavy JointsSometimes you can get a joint together no problem. But getting it apart is another matter. With the joints for a heavy French workbench, disassembling a test-fit gives many beginning woodworkers a fit. Many times they end up slamming hammers or mallets on places that are easily bruised (including their hands). The easiest way to knock out a leg that I’ve fou […]
- Holdfast Holes: Where Should They be Located?
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Category Archives: To Make as Perfectly as Possible, Roubo Translation
As I recall from years long past there is in Miami a notorious interchange known as “The Spaghetti Bowl,” no doubt the result of some distant urban planner making a dot on a map and saying, “This is where all … Continue reading
We have a small number of copies of our deluxe edition of “To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry” that have bumped corners, small tears or blemishes in the cloth, or are missing a slipcase. All of the … Continue reading
Furniture maker David Savage has posted a review of “The Book of Plates” on his blog today. I wasn’t sure what he would think of the book. His furniture is so incredibly contemporary, that it would be easy for a … Continue reading
Sweet mother of mercy I have been waiting a long time to post this entry. Question: Do you want a polissoir that looks and works exactly like the one shown in Roubo’s 18th-century masterwork? Answer: Why yes, I do. Click … Continue reading
I get asked a lot: Why is it called “The Book of Plates?” Couldn’t you have called it “Roubo’s Drawings” or something. What does the book have to do with dinnerware? The drawings in “l’Art du menuisier” were produced by … Continue reading
Suzanne Ellison prepared this montage of swimming ducks from A.-J. Roubo’s “The Book of Plates” (plates 98, 294, 319 and 349) to remind you that you have only a day or so to order “The Book of Plates” and have … Continue reading