*Updated to correct fox-wedged tenon.
The natural world provides a huge vocabulary to help us describe what we do and make. Birdseye can be a pattern in maple, a textile and a chile. In the workshop, names of animals (or parts there of) are a shorthand to describe details on furniture, components of tools and workbench appliances.
With input from Chris Schwarz I put together a collage of animal-inspired woodworking features, tools and one misinformed rabbit.
You are free to print this, however, I can’t guarantee resolution on a very large print.
27 thoughts on “Animals in the Workshop*”
Mule ears? Never heard that one. I don’t get the grasshopper one. All the others are familiar.
The stiles of the chair are shaved and curve backwards resembling a mule’s ear. This is a feature of many Southern slat-back chairs.
I have a feeling the top right image is meant to represent a fox-wedged tenon. It’s not: it’s a through wedged tenon. In a fox-wedged M&T, the tenon doesn’t pass all the way through the wood. In the fox-wedged M&T form the mortice is stopped or ‘blind’, and the wedges are driven into the tenon’s sawcuts by the bottom of the mortice as the joint is assembled.
Sorry to be a pedant, especially if I’ve misunderstood the link between the fox and the associated joint – maybe it’s not a fox?
Richard, you are correct. I used the wrong image of several collected. I’ll try to fix it and update the post. Thanks.
When you do fix it, kindly link to a higher resolution version for shop printing.
Sorry. My fault. I wasn’t in proper “editor mode” when I looked it over. The fox-wedged tenon one was easily avoidable….
to ye stocks wit ya…..
just returned from local flea/farmers market!
one booth had 4 lump hammers on sale!
I don’t get the ladderback chair, the wedged tenon, or the cricket…
The grasshopper gauge is used to “leap” over an obstruction to mark on the other side.
Needs dog holes
Both Chris and I come from cat-controlled households and that might explain the exception.
Well, Chris did wrote the book on workbenches..
This kind of stuff is yet another reason I keep coming here. Perhaps the next iteration can include a beetle (maul) and a fishtail gouge?
Don’t forget the fishtail chisel for use on half-blind … (ahem) dove-tails.
Not to mention a swan-neck chisel. Which, by coincidence, arrived on my doorstep today.
Actually this makes me want to think of animals for which no tools are named, and come up with tools to name them after.
Great graphic! You can add the shave horse & chevalet (marquetry mule/donkey/pony)
This blog is going to the dogs.
Two that I saw just today from one of vintage tool dealers. Whale plane and rams horn scraper.
And a lady bug bull nose plane.
do not forget scribe….
bench dogs, fawn’s foot axe handle, claw hammer, jack plane, dovetail
Since homo sapiens is a tool using species, we have names related to human anatomy.
A Tenon has cheeks chin forehead nose and a neck.
Some pieces of furniture have a waist between the upper cabinet and the lower cabinet
I believe the internet has human body parts well c-, uh…, uncovered.
If we Woodworkers use the Sketchup software to design Furniture and prepare cut list’s the device that we use to operate the program is called a mouse
Ball in claw, or ball in paw (for you cat people).
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