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Microwave Oven Drying

    This is an excerpt from “Cut & Dried” by Richard Jones. Oven drying in a microwave oven takes between 20 and 45 minutes. The average time is 30 minutes. It saves a great deal of time compared to drying wood in … Continue reading

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Four Centuries of Drawer Making

This is an excerpt from “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years: Volume II” published by Lost Art Press.  The construction of a drawer seems a straightforward and fairly obvious piece of work; there is an accepted way of making it … Continue reading

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An Interesting Old Bow-Saw

This is an excerpt from “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years: Volume I” published by Lost Art Press. Recently we came across an old type of bow-saw which had been sent to a veteran village carpenter for repair. Its precise origin could … Continue reading

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Jointing the Stone

This is an excerpt from “The Intelligent Hand” by David Binnington Savage. Joinery – that’s what this is about. Joints that hold components together. In this case, versions of one joint, the mortice and tenon. There are on this bench frame three different … Continue reading

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Snob Stick and Curtain Rod

This is an excerpt from “Slöjd in Wood” by Jögge Sundqvist. The snob stick is a long sallow (willow) stick with a knob on the end, on which the bark has been peeled off in a spiral shape. The snob holds … Continue reading

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Characteristics of Welsh Stick Chairs

This is an excerpt from “Welsh Stick Chairs” by John Brown. Probably the first record of a back chair is in the manuscript of the laws of Hywel Dda (Howell the Good), a 10th century Welsh king. The surviving document, inscribed in … Continue reading

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Derek Parkes

This is an excerpt from “The Intelligent Hand” by David Binnington Savage.  It began with a walnut desk that had been commissioned by a London architect friend. This was a prestige job for a building conversion in London’s Covent Garden. It was right … Continue reading

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