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- The Case for Long, Long (16’) LumberI use Southern yellow pine for a lot of shop projects, especially for building workbenches and sawbenches. But I also … The post The Case for Long, Long (16’) Lumber appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- Sorry, But I Have to Mention Fire SafetyLast week, the woodshop across the street from mine caught on fire. Luckily, no one was hurt, the firemen arrived … The post Sorry, But I Have to Mention Fire Safety appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- Yes, Ripple Moulding Exists (and is Awesome)Whenever I explain how “ripple moulding” is made by a “waving engine” – a circa 17th-century machine – most woodworkers … The post Yes, Ripple Moulding Exists (and is Awesome) appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- Limbert – Second Fiddle to the Stickleys?Like any Arts & Crafts enthusiast, I like the Gustav and L. & J.G. Stickley classics. But ever since I … The post Limbert – Second Fiddle to the Stickleys? appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- The Case for Long, Long (16’) Lumber
LostArtPress on InstagramThank goodness that monkeys today have much better choices when it comes to footwear for cycling. #sponsoredGerman archaeologists are a good deal more practical than the French, British or American ones I’ve worked with. But that knowledge didn’t prepare me for the three little words Rüdiger Schwarz said to me on June 8, 2017. “Pick it up.” The “it” was a low workbench that had been recovered in 1901 from well No. 49 at the Roman fort in Saalburg, Germany. Though the scientists at Saalburg haven’t been able to date this particular workbench, a second similar bench from well No. 49 was dated to 187 C.E. That would make this “it” the oldest surviving workbench of which I am aware. And “it” was between my legs. Dutifully, I reached down, grasped one end of the cool black surface of the oak bench and lifted it a few inches off the floor. Rüdiger grasped the other end. We guided the bench about 3' into a small hallway. I put it down as gently I could – my hands trembling and my stomach lurching. Then, like a team of coroners, Rüdiger, Bengt Nilsson, Görge Jonuschat and I examined every detail of the bench, from toolmarks on its underside to the interior configuration of the mortise for the planing stop. We measured the bench. Photographed everything. We took a break, then we came back and repeated the process to make sure we hadn’t missed anything. — from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz #Ingenious_MechanicksHere’s our final isometric concept sketch. We can step off relationships of elements right on this drawing to “smooth out” in whole-number ratios what our eyes find pleasing. We refined the design elements in the following order: 1 - The height of the leg plinth (which may also be the transition point for a taper) 2 - The size of the apron (and drawer faces) 3 - The size of the corner brackets 4 - The width of the legs 5 - The length of the drawers 6 - The overhang and curvature of the top You don’t always have to follow this order, but we chose them based on a combination of traditional (Grecian mostly) proportioning schemes and personal experience. — from “By Hound and Eye” by Geo R. Walker & Jim Tolpin; illustrated by Andrea Love #By_Hound_and_Eye
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I’ve prepared a 56-page excerpt from “Woodworking in Estonia” that you can download and (I hope) enjoy. The excerpt includes Peter Follansbee’s introduction to the book, plus a section on axes and a chapter on making containers from multiple boards … Continue reading
I adore my Millers Falls mitre box, and I’ve been bemused by a recent backlash against mitre boxes, which ruled the American worksite and garage during the first half of the 20th century. The argument against a mitre box is … Continue reading
Several readers have reported some difficulty in manually adding pdfs of our books to their iPads. Here is a short tutorial on several ways to do it. As always, technology changes so fast that we recommend searching the web for … Continue reading
Whenever I have to wait in a doctor’s office, I don’t mess around with their pile of last year’s Time magazines. I bring my own really old magazines – and this week it was issues of The Woodworker from 1916. … Continue reading
The lessons inside “By Hand & Eye” cannot be learned by reading alone, any more than you can learn to cut dovetails from a book. You must put pencil to paper so the book’s ideas about proportion will become physical … Continue reading
J. Norman Reid of Wood News Online reviewed Roy Underhill’s “Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker! – A Novel with Measured Drawings” for the most recent issue. Here’s a short excerpt: “Fun, fast-moving and filled with vivid though sometimes arcane period details … Continue reading
Shawn Graham needs to decorate the walls of his woodworking school, Wortheffort in Austin, Texas. So I cleaned the scanner of drool after dealing with the cover for “Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker!” and have four new posters for you. These … Continue reading