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Bending Wood for Chair Parts

This is an excerpt from “Welsh Stick Chairs” by John Brown. I disagree with people who say wood should be partly seasoned for steaming. The best would be ‘cut down yesterday, steam today’. Anyway, as soon as this ash is cut up … Continue reading

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No Trespassing

This is an excerpt from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz. Sometimes I wonder why I research old workbenches, build them and write about them. I know my critics and friends wonder the same thing. The truth is, I have a gland – well, it feels … Continue reading

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Wood Strength and Structures

This is an excerpt from “Cut & Dried” by Richard Jones.  A tree’s form, looked at as if it was an engineered structure, consists of a column and cantilevered beams. The trunk is a column and the branches represent beams. The wood forming the structure … Continue reading

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Cutting Board from “Slöjd in Wood”

This is an excerpt from “Slöjd in Wood” by Jögge Sundqvist. This cutting board is based on ones I saw in Norway. One side had a decoration painted on it and faced outward when it hung on the wall. The other side … Continue reading

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The Dark Side

This is an excerpt from “Mouldings in Practice” by Matthew Sheldon Bickford.  I have spoken to scores of people regarding the methods of making profiles with hollows and rounds that I have covered thus far. While most new users find the techniques … Continue reading

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Does This Happen When You Chop Dovetails?

This is an excerpt from “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years: Volume III” published by Lost Art Press. This is a common fault even amongst experienced men who should know better. The wood between the dovetails is torn out, leaving … Continue reading

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The Planing Stop

This is an excerpt from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz.  The first time I saw the bench in Peter Nicholson’s “Mechanic’s Companion” (1831), I thought: That’s not right – the benchtop has only a planing stop. There are no holes for holdfasts, dogs or other … Continue reading

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