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Moxon’s Jointer Plane

This is an excerpt from “The Art of Joinery” by Joseph Moxon; commentary by Christopher Schwarz.  The jointer is made somewhat longer than the fore plane and has its sole perfectly straight from end to end. Its office is to follow … Continue reading

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Spiling Batten

This is an excerpt from “From Truths to Tools” by George Walker and Jim Tolpin; Illustrated by Andrea Love.  Just out of curiosity, let’s see what happens when we draw a circle, then switch the dividers’ legs around. Being sure … Continue reading

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Rosette

This is an excerpt from “Carving the Acanthus Leaf” by Mary May. Various styles of rosettes have been used since the Roman Empire as decorative accents and are often used as appliqués (applied to a surface) to adorn furniture and architectural features. Here … Continue reading

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Door Types

This is an excerpt from “The Essential Woodworker” by Robert Wearing.  In making plain or flush doors the obvious choice of material appears to be a well-chosen board of solid wood (Fig 353). However this is no solution since the wood may … Continue reading

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The History of the Acanthus Leaf in the Decorative Arts

This is an excerpt from “Carving the Acanthus” by Mary May.  Walking through a historical journey of the acanthus leaf has its challenges, as the different art periods often overlap and the styles frequently migrate from country to country. There are numerous volumes written … Continue reading

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Don’t Blow it on the Lid

This is an excerpt from “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” by Christopher Schwarz.  There are several ways to make the lid. Some work great. Some are quite stupid. Let’s start with the stupid ways first. When I built my first tool chest, I … Continue reading

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The Secrets of the Back Iron

This is an excerpt from “The Wordworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years: Volume I” published by Lost Art Press. The back iron of the plane is of the utmost importance. It will often happen that, because it has not been given proper attention, … Continue reading

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