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LostArtPress on InstagramTrim the pins on the inside of the assembly any number of ways. You can saw them off or trim them with a chisel or gouge. Use the chisel bevel down and pare from both sides. Cutting straight across will blow out the edge of the pin. Trim the outside just above the surface with your tenon saw, then pare it down to the surface with a broad chisel, again held bevel down. Once the front and rear frames are assembled, trim their pins all around. Then set the frames face-down on the bench, with their feet pointing at each other. (Second image) If you marked your joints clearly, this step is a snap. If you didn’t, then it can be pretty confounding. Many of these pieces look alike, and sometimes they will almost fit together the wrong way. That’s enough to really cause confusion. We’ve built stools with parts upside down before. It’s not hard to do, but it is hard to un-do. — from “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” by Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee @peterfollansbee #Make_a_Joint_Stool_from_a_TreeOf all game Tables, those for billiards are, without contradiction, the largest, and of which the construction requires the most attention on the part of the Joiner, so as to give them all the strength and perfection to which they are inclined. It is this difficulty that has made only a few Joiners attempt billiard Tables, and that the small numbers of those who do are in Paris. While they succeed in doing it well, it is a secret to other Joiners, which, however, is nothing other than much precaution in the choice of wood, and a very great precision in execution. — from “With all the Precision Possible: Roubo on Furniture” by André-Jacob Roubo, translation by Donald C. Williams, Michele Pietryka-Pagán & Philippe Lafargue #Roubo_on_FurnitureThough the Internet has changed many things about making a living at woodworking, it hasn’t changed this: Good photography is important. — from “The Intelligent Hand” by David Binnington Savage @finefurnituremaker #the_intelligent_hand
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Category Archives: Handplanes
No matter how expensive or well-made your handplane is, there are times when you have to perform a “hard reset” on the tool when it starts to behave unpredictably. I use my handplanes every day, so I have to do … Continue reading
Thanks to the tireless work of woodworker Yann Facchin, my book “Handplane Essentials” has been translated into French and is now available for sale. You can read about the book and order it through the publisher’s website here. I recently … Continue reading
Many woodworkers struggle with leveling the front edges of a frameless cabinet. You have grain running at right angles all over the place. How do you get all the front edges flush without spelching the corners and also produce a … Continue reading
The highlight of the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event in Covington, Ky., last weekend was finally getting to meet planemaker Steve Voigt and try out his tools. His double-iron wooden-bodied planes are fantastic – nimble, responsive and quite well-made. They also … Continue reading
When a flat-sawn board has reversing grain it will usually exhibit a swirling grain pattern on its faces or edges, warning you that it could be difficult to plane. I have always heard this swirl as being called a “cat’s … Continue reading
One of the benefits of not teaching this year (or the next) is that I have some extra time to visit friends and hang out in their shops. Yesterday I visited my friend and toolmaker Raney Nelson of Daed Toolworks … Continue reading