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Two-Foot Rules

This is an excerpt from “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker” by Anon, Christopher Schwarz and Joel Moskowitz. The two-foot rule was the standard measuring device for woodworking for hundreds of years. The steel tape was likely invented in the 19th century. Its … Continue reading

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Classic Orders – An Exercise

This is an excerpt from “By Hand and Eye”  by Geo. R. Walker and Jim Tolpin.  The lifeblood of craft has always depended on knowledge passing from one generation to the next, and I struggle finding words to convey the importance … Continue reading

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How Slow-Grown Oak is Different

This is an excerpt from “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” by Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee.  If you have a number of oak logs to choose from, then you can go through the checklist of factors that affect the work ahead. … Continue reading

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Some Interesting Lesser Used Joints

This is an excerpt from “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years: Volume III” published by Lost Art Press.  CROSS HALVING WITH HOUSED SHOULDERS The cross-halving joint, with notched or housed shoulders (Fig. 1), is only rarely used in actual practice. In ecclesiastical woodwork … Continue reading

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Sliding Doors

This is an excerpt from “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years: Volume IV” published by Lost Art Press. Although there are many occasions when sliding doors can be used with advantage it should be pointed out that they should not be fitted … Continue reading

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Sawing Tenons

This is an excerpt from “The Essential Woodworker” by Robert Wearing. The accurate sawing of tenons (Fig 119) is a vital skill. They should be sawn with confidence and should fit from the saw. To saw clear of the lines, for safety, … Continue reading

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Drawer Runners

This is an excerpt from “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years: Volume II” published by Lost Art Press. That drawer runners must be strong is fairly obvious, but there are other equally important considerations to be kept in mind. For example, they must … Continue reading

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