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Make and Use a Straw Polissoir

This is an excerpt from “To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry” by  André-Jacob Roubo; translation by Donald C. Williams, Michele Pietryka-Pagán & Philippe Lafargue. One influential tool that was unknown to me at the start of this project is a … Continue reading

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Malcolm Tibbetts

  This is an excerpt from “The Difference Makers” by Marc Adams.  One of the people who had the greatest impact on Malcolm was his grandfather, Rap Gardner. At an early age, Granddad would give him guidance on how to make items with … Continue reading

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Furniture Doors

This is an excerpt from “Shaker Inspiration: Five Decades of Fine Craftsmanship” by Christian Becksvoort. Even before frame-and-panel doors come into widespread use, larger doors had to accommodate seasonal wood movement in one way or another. The most common method was to use a series … Continue reading

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Feet for a Box with a Drawer

This is an excerpt from “Joiner’s Work” by Peter Follansbee.  Now things differ significantly from the basic box. Let’s start with the feet. I’m no turner; I think of myself as a joiner who does some turning. I only know turning on the … Continue reading

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The Card Table

This is an excerpt from “Hands Employed Aright: The Furniture Making of Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847)” by Joshua A. Klein.  The grain-painted card table was a surprising new acquisition donated by a descendant of a Blue Hill family. The donor’s family understands that … Continue reading

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Downloading from Conscious Mind

This is an excerpt from “The Intelligent Hand” by David Binnington Savage.  Then the stress starts building. This is important. You are a professional; you need to be able to do this creative stuff on a wet Wednesday when the muse is fast … Continue reading

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Should Drawers Project, or Should They be Recessed Slightly?

This is an excerpt from “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years: Volume II” published by Lost Art Press One of the perplexing questions which the cabinet maker appears to have never settled definitely is: should drawer fronts stand out slightly in front of … Continue reading

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