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The Historic Evidence for Tool Selection and Use

This is an excerpt from “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” by Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee.  There are several sources we use to learn about a 17th-century joiner’s tool kit. The surviving furniture retains many tool marks left by the joiners. … Continue reading

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Making the Twist Leg Without a Lathe

This is an excerpt from “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years: Volume I” published by Lost Art Press.  It may interest readers to know that the best twist-turned legs are still a combination of turning and carving, and that when they were … Continue reading

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Peg the Seat

This is an excerpt from “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” by Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee. Now to fasten the seat to the stool’s frame. By this point, you have checked that the top of the frame and the bottom … Continue reading

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From the Head

  This is an excerpt from “Hands Employed Aright: The Furniture Making of Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847)” by Joshua A. Klein.  Fisher’s biographers have dealt extensively with his academic interests, especially mathematics and science. The archives at the Fisher House are full of … Continue reading

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Door Construction: Five-Panelled Door

This is an excerpt from “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years: Volume II” published by Lost Art Press. Although the five-panelled door described in this article may interest only a small section of our readers, the construction is applicable to … Continue reading

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Characteristics of Timber

This is an excerpt from “Cut & Dried” by Richard Jones. The word grain brings to mind several characteristics of wood. It is an indistinct word requiring context. If someone says, “That wood is beautiful,” what do they mean? They might be referring to the … Continue reading

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Moxon on the Square

This is an excerpt from “The Art of Joinery” by Joseph Moxon with commentary by Christopher Schwarz.  Joseph Moxon’s text is in italics.  Of the square and it’s use. The square, marked D, is two adjunct sides of a geometrical … Continue reading

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