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The History of Wood, Part 53

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The True (or Not) Tale of The Furniture Record

I’m a Southerner, so please forgive the following hyperbole: If you want to become a better furniture maker you need to see a lot of furniture. Tons, really. You can do this by traveling the world, or you can read … Continue reading

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Stanley Handplane Instructions, Circa 1968

Stanley Works used to publish a brilliant booklet called the “Tool Guide” that contained miniature posters that offered instruction on setup, care and use of hand tools. These booklets weren’t just for woodworkers – you can learn to rivet and … Continue reading

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The History of Wood, Part 52

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Furniture Construction Drawings, 1760-1800

When you research how early furniture was built, one of the laments is the lack of construction drawings in the written record. Did they draw their plans on scrap wood that was later burned? Did they just communicate plans for … Continue reading

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In Praise of NapkinCAD 1.0

I like SketchUp – not as a tool for designing furniture, but as a way to communicate complex ideas across vast spaces. Instead of sending someone endless sheets of drawings, I can send an electronic model that the recipient can … Continue reading

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The History of Wood, Part 51

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