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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: Historical Images
This time last year Chris Schwarz and Narayan Nayar were in Naples, Italy. In between consuming vast quantities of pizza they made a visit to Pompeii to study and photograph a fresco depicting a Roman workbench (Daedalus and Queen Pasiphae … Continue reading
Although Saint Joseph was a carpenter it can be a challenge to find him working as such in many paintings of the Holy Family. Prior to his rejuvenation during the Counter-Reformation he was often an ancillary figure, off to the … Continue reading
While sifting through bushels of old images for the research for “Ingenious Mechanicks,” Chris and I would often come across some odd something or other that made us scratch our heads. To give you a look behind the scenes, I’ll … Continue reading
The image is from 1634 and needs a caption. ‘Nusquam tuta fides’ translates as ‘no trust is ever sure’ but don’t let that get in your way. –Suzanne Ellison
Tune-up your think melons and caption this painting. The painting is 17th-century and by an unknown Italian artist. The companion painting featured unclad blacksmiths. –Suzanne Ellison
Come on, you witty and waggish woodworkers! Caption this illustration. From ‘Livre d’Amour’ by Pierre Sala, first quarter of the 16th-century. Collection of the British Library. — Suzanne Ellison Editor’s note: I closed the comments after people began interpreting … Continue reading