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LostArtPress on InstagramTwo more cases glued up for this massive campaign chest. Now for the blades and drawer runners.Occasionally a piece of furniture, structurally sound and technically correct, will appear “wrong.” It may be right proportionally, but it still looks distracting. Mismatched grain is often the cause of the annoyance. The purpose of matching grain is to produce a panel or series of components that gives the illusion of being continuous and to coordinate with the rest of the piece. Correctly matched grain depends on several factors. Experience and a good eye are important. So is the amount of wood available. If there are several hundred boards to choose from, there is no reason not to obtain the desired number of panels matched for grain pattern and color. If only two boards are available, the task becomes more difficult. Yet even with just two boards, there are 16 different options for gluing them edge to edge. With three boards, there are 64 choices. Obviously, a board with knots or sapwood limits the possibilities. As a rule, parallel grain (quartersawn) should not be matched to wide face grain (plainsawn), or any grain that runs at an angle to the edge. (The first image) shows a very good match of three boards, while (the second) illustrates a poor match. — from “With the Grain” by Christian Becksvoort #With_the_GrainMaking progress on this massive campaign chest. So many dang dovetails....
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Category Archives: Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker!
Here’s a quick look at the proposed artwork for the sequel to Roy Underhill’s “Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker!” (OK, not really.) Note that Lost Art Press does not condone riding a motorcycle without a helmet. (Or undergarments.) — Christopher … Continue reading
Several Lost Art Press authors will be available at Handworks to sign your books. If you want to get Don Williams and Narayan Nayar to sign “Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley,” they have set up … Continue reading
Thanks to everyone who entered the “Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker” chapter-spot contest. Some of your (wrong) answers were really funny – so I had a lot of fun going through the responses. Two photos, numbers 7 and 24, flummoxed everyone. … Continue reading
If you’ve read “Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker!” by Roy Underhill perhaps you’ve noticed the numbered “chapter spots” – the little images at the beginning of each chapter. (If you haven’t yet read it, well, you should! It’s variously funny, poignant, … Continue reading
Midnight tonight (Nov. 29, 2014) is the last time you will see free domestic shipping on Roy Underhill’s “Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker!” The book is $29. Shipping and handling fees will be about $7. To give you a further taste … Continue reading
Listening to an author read his or her work is always enlightening. For me, it’s similar to the difference between a recorded song and a live song. You hear something different. Because we cannot drive Roy to your house, we … Continue reading
For those of you who placed a pre-publication order for “The Book of Plates” or “Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker!” this information is for you. Calvin Cobb We’ve heard from several customers that they have not yet received their copy of … Continue reading