Reclusive Reading – Forum Update 8/15


Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend and that you are ready to face the week. I know my husband and I spent the whole weekend hiding from the world and being as anti-social as possible. It was wonderful. As far as I am concerned, you have to do that every now and then. And what better way to continue my recluse ways this morning than to hide in my office and read the forum? 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.

Drawboring vs. Screws for a Simple Shed
Daniel is building a shed but hasn’t decided how to secure the mortise and tenon joints. He had planned to drawbore them but is now considering construction wood screws. What would you do? Would drawboring be overkill?

Making Winding Sticks but the Wood Cupped Along the Length
Scott was making winding sticks out of quartersawn white oak but after cutting they have a bow in them. It is about 1/4” over the 34” length. He wants to know if there is any chance that they will relax back into straight or if it is a deal-breaker for the winding sticks to have a slight bow in them. Help him out here.

Bench in a Day and Other Stuff
After seeing all of the questions about whether wood needed to be dry to build a bench and how families got by “back in the day” before there was time to dry wood properly, Adam decided to build a bench in a day with what he had laying around. Photos (one is at the top of the page) and his description of the project are here.

Cambered Jointer Plane Iron
Jason has been digging into the archives of Popular Woodworking and the idea of using a cambered jointer plane iron caught his attention. He is curious as to how this works and what those who use one think. Have any information that can help him decide if this might be for him?

ADB Bookshelf – But Bigger and with a Lid
Last but not least, the completed build that caught my eye this week was Michael’s take on the ADB bookshelf. (above) He was able to use the feedback he got on the forum last week, so thanks to those who lent a hand. Looks great Michael! There are closer shots of his project here.

Meghan Bates

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2 Responses to Reclusive Reading – Forum Update 8/15

  1. M&T are incomplete without drawboring. No screws allowed. They work against the basic construction principle. IMHO and experience.

  2. Roger Hylr says:

    The decision was made for ” Drawboring vs. Screws for a Simple Shed” when mortise and tenon joints were selected: use the method fastening to match: drawboring!

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