A Busy Week on the LAP Forum


Discussions on the forum this week have covered everything from dried hide glue clean-up to a wife’s innocent offer to frame the ATC letterpress poster at IKEA. Remember, if you have a question about our products, procedures in our books or anything related to Lost Art Press, the fastest way to get an answer is our forum. Check it out here.

Heavy Timber Roubo Knockoff
Jarrett Seiple has 6×8 timbers and wants to build a bench. The thread has gone on to discuss the pros and cons of building a bench with beams. Want to weigh in or see what people’s thoughts are?

Stacked Cupboard
Marselle Bredemeyer is looking for advice on building a cupboard but isn’t sure how to connect the top and bottom pieces. It has been suggested to dowel the two together but cold feet have set in due to inexperience with the method. Recommendations are being requested for what you would do with the provided sketch.

Source for Stronger Slotted Screws
Havoc Peenington is tired of his slotted steel screws breaking off and is looking for somewhere to buy stronger ones. He is considering switching to square-drive but would prefer not to. He has come to the forum to ask, “Anyone know a source for strong screws that still have the traditional slotted head?”



Handtool only (ATC set) Dado Technique Question
James Russ has a hand cut dado that needs to be widened. Any suggestions on how he can accomplish this using only the tools from ATC? 

Nicholson Workbench Legs
Ed is building a Nicholson bench and is ready to add the legs. Since he knows his top has a bit of a twist to it, he is wondering if he can make sure the legs are parallel to the ground instead of squaring them to the underside of the top. Thoughts?

Staked Furniture in GoT
Anyone else notice the staked bench in “Game of Thrones?”

Meghan Bates

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3 Responses to A Busy Week on the LAP Forum

  1. lathey says:

    I recently read an article about how to set the rake and splay angles on a staked chair, somewhere on this blog, but now that I need to apply the method explained in that post, I cannot find it.

    To be more specific, the method uses a square and a bevel gauge. I have searched for a couple of hours, and while the material is never boring it is easy to get off track and go “Oh yeah, I need to build that!” But I don’t – I need to finish my staked chair and I guess, if there is any lesson to be learned here, it is that I should have bookmarked that page.

    Just point me in the right direction and I will do the rest. Thanks.

    • I don’t think I’ve shown that on the blog. It’s covered in great detail in “The Anarchist’s Design Book” and in Popular Woodworking Magazine in an article on building a staked sawbench.

      Basically to find the sightline and resultant you make a little model. Rotate the model until the leg “looks” 90° to a square. Then your line of sight is the sightline. Put the bevel square on that and you have found the resultant.

      It’s easier to explain with images — hence the chapter in ADB.

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