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Who is the Father?

This is an excerpt from “Welsh Stick Chairs” by John Brown.  Tracing the provenance of individual country chairs is a complicated business, probably with few exceptions, impossible. There is no scholarly standard work to refer to. Chairs with similar characteristics are found … Continue reading

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An Introduction to the Construction

This is an excerpt from “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker” by Anon, Christopher Schwarz, and Joel Moskowitz. When I decided to build the three projects featured in “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker,” my plan was to assume the role of Thomas W., the … Continue reading

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The Stone Beneath All Other Stones

This is an excerpt from “The Intelligent Hand” by David Binnington Savage. The most important thing the bench does for you is hold a job whilst you work on it. (I remember my early days without a bench, struggling to hold work with … Continue reading

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Full Panel vs. Frame & Panel

This is an excerpt from “Shaker Inspiration: Five Decades of Fine Craftsmanship” by Christian Becksvoort. Full-panel construction, sometimes called slab or wide-panel construction, consists of a single board, or a series of boards glued up to form a wider panel. In a case piece, … Continue reading

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Dovetail Marking System

This is an excerpt from “The Solution at Hand” by Robert Wearing. There are many types of dovetail markers and as many methods of using them, but I like to think that this marker, A, and its method is pre-eminent. The plate … Continue reading

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Making a Carving/Marking Knife

This is an excerpt from “Making & Mastering Wood Planes” by David Finck. The blades on most marking and carving knives feel too thick and bulky for my taste. The types of knives shown (above) are easily made and perform beautifully for marking and also … Continue reading

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Seasoning or Drying of Wood

This is an excerpt from “Cut & Dried: A Woodworker’s Guide to Timber Technology” by Richard Jones. Seasoning and drying of wood describe the same thing: reducing the moisture content of boards or planks thus bringing them into a dry-enough condition to use. Acclimatising … Continue reading

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Bend and Screw the Hinges for the Schoolbox

This is an excerpt from “The Joiner and Cabinet-Maker” By Anonymous, Christopher Schwarz and Joel Moskowitz. Good luck finding steel hinges for this project that have the right look and bend in the right place to fit in the partition. I … Continue reading

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Make and Use a Straw Polissoir

This is an excerpt from “To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry” by  André-Jacob Roubo; translation by Donald C. Williams, Michele Pietryka-Pagán & Philippe Lafargue. One influential tool that was unknown to me at the start of this project is a … Continue reading

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Malcolm Tibbetts

  This is an excerpt from “The Difference Makers” by Marc Adams.  One of the people who had the greatest impact on Malcolm was his grandfather, Rap Gardner. At an early age, Granddad would give him guidance on how to make items with … Continue reading

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