Category Archives: The Essential Woodworker

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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Meet the Author: Robert Wearing

Acclaimed craftsman and woodworking instructor Robert Wearing was formally trained at Loughborough College (now University) in Leicestershire, England. It was there, during the late 1940s, that a physical education teacher said a sentence that Wearing has embraced throughout his long … Continue reading

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Drawer Making

This is an excerpt from “The Essential Woodworker” by Robert Wearing. A well-fitting drawer can be likened to a piston working in a cylinder. For a drawer to fit well, not only is it important that the drawer itself is absolutely accurate … Continue reading

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Shelves

  This is an excerpt from “The Essential Woodworker” by Robert Wearing. Shelves can be fixtures, often helping to strengthen the carcase, or they can be adjustable. The former will be considered first. The simple or stopped housing joint (Fig … Continue reading

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10 Books that Changed the Way I Think

I get asked (a lot) for a list of my favorite books. The problem is that I have so many books that I use and rely on, that I can’t boil down my entire library to a list of favorites. … Continue reading

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2 Lost Art Press Books Named to F&C’s ‘Essential Reading List’

The winter 2012 issue of Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine have called out two Lost Art Press books – “The Essential Woodworker” and “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” – as 12 of the “must-have titles for your workshop library.” It’s an honor … Continue reading

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A New Corporate Logo?

We are running low on T-shirts, and so it is time to come up with a new design and pithy expression for the back of the shirt. As a tractor trailer pulled up to my driveway in the pouring rain … Continue reading

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