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- Enlarge 3/4" Holdfast Holes to 1"There are a variety of inexpensive and quick ways to enlarge 3/4” holes on your benchtop to 1” (or any other dimension). One of the simplest is to use a 3/4” dowel and a 1” spade bit, a technique I first saw on the Benchcrafted blog. In a nutshell, you saw a kerf down the dead center of the dowel to create a channel for the spade bit. I used an inexpensive 1 […]
- Make Your Own 1"-diameter Bench DogsBefore the 3/4” brass dogs made by Lee Valley Tools became the de facto standard size (and that 3/4” size seeped into other bits of bench hardware), most workbenches had 1”-diameter metal dogs and holdfasts. (In fact, some benches made in Western and Eastern Europe still use 1” or 25mm dogs and holdfasts.) I’ve always liked 1” dogs because they have more bea […]
- At the Erhart FoundryOur holdfasts are produced two at a time at the Erhart Foundry, which is in the old industrial quarter of Cincinnati – less than two miles from my workshop. It’s a family-run operation that has been in business since 1854; when you call them you still talk to an Erhart. Like most foundries I’ve visited, everything is red hot or soot black. No one in the plac […]
- Why a 1” Holdfast Hole?The No. 1 question we hear about our holdfasts is this: Why did you choose to make a holdfast that needs a 1” hole? Why not 3/4”, which is the standard? The quick answer: history, appearance and performance. HistoryThe ubiquitous 3/4” holdfast is a relatively modern creation. If I had to guess, I’d say that it came about after Lee Valley Tools started making […]
- Enlarge 3/4" Holdfast Holes to 1"
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Category Archives: Campaign Furniture
While teaching at The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts this week, Phil Lowe pulled out an interesting conservation (or restoration) project he was working on for a customer. It was a footstool that was in pretty bad shape because the joints … Continue reading
If you own “Campaign Furniture,” you might want to visit my other blog where I posted some free full-size scans of the patterns I use to make the seat and the three “pockets” for the stool. This is made with … Continue reading
O teak! You delight of clients’ wives, refuge of architects, and the dot over the “i” of honoraria. You fiendishly indestructible and shitty brown. You are so Asiatic Company-like and so noble that you cannot even stand being painted in … Continue reading
There is some wood that I cannot bear to discard, no matter how small the scrap. A quick survey of my wood rack this morning revealed bundles of very old quartered yellow pine, huon pine, Honduran mahogany and stacks of … Continue reading
If you’d like a close look at some of the details of Kaare Klint’s Safari Chair, check out this video (OK, it’s a commercial) from Carl Hansen & Søn on the piece. You get to see the elegant cigar-shape stretchers … Continue reading
It’s available now. Details on my other blog here.
Campaign seating is one of my favorite furniture topics. Roorkee chairs, X-stools, Fenby-patent chairs etc. are all interesting because they are portable, mechanical and (duh) chairs. Jeff Burks recently turned up a number of fascinating Civil War photographs by James … Continue reading