Category Archives: The Art of Joinery

The Manner of Planing and Trying a Piece of Stuff Square

  This is an excerpt from “The Art of Joinery” by Joseph Moxon; commentary by Christopher Schwarz.  Now we get to the fun part: Putting the tools to use. Moxon’s first “exercise” is to plane a large piece of wood square to … Continue reading

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S. 36. Of the waving engine.

This is an excerpt from “The Art of Joinery” by Joseph Moxon; commentary by Christopher Schwarz. The waving engine described in plate 5. fig. 7, hath A B, a long square plank of about seven inches broad, five foot long, and … Continue reading

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The Use of the Plow

This is an excerpt from “The Art of Joinery” by Joseph Moxon; commentary by Christopher Schwarz Analysis Moxon’s plow is widely reported as a mirror image of the same tool in Félibien’s work. And that is why this picture of this … Continue reading

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How Big (or Little) is Your Chest?

A common bit of advice on building tool chests goes like this: “You should build the chest to fit your tools.” I’d like to amend that melba-toast statement to this: “You should build the chest to fit our tools.” Woodworking … Continue reading

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‘The Art of Joinery, Revised Edition’ Arrives

“The Art of Joinery, Revised Edition” by Joseph Moxon has arrived in our Indianapolis warehouse and pre-publication orders will begin shipping this weekend. All of our domestic and international retailers have agreed to carry the title, so if that’s where … Continue reading

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Last Call for Free Shipping on ‘The Art of Joinery’

Good news everyone! The revised edition of “The Art of Joinery” by Joseph Moxon is shipping out from the printer this week. We’ll receive it in Indianapolis (look for rain clouds) and start shipping it immediately. So if you want … Continue reading

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A Preview of ‘The Art of Joinery’

With our second edition of Joseph Moxon’s “The Art of Joinery” at the printer, I’ve had several e-mails from readers wondering why they should buy a 17th-century woodworking book written by a printer, globe-maker and hydrographer to the king. Note … Continue reading

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