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- How to Design Furniture With SpindlesDesigning a piece of furniture with multiple spindles – or even working with someone else’s plan – can be tricky. … The post How to Design Furniture With Spindles appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- Benchcrafted: Not a Review – an EndorsementRecently one of the leg vises in my shop cracked. The vise chop snapped and the garter on the wooden … The post Benchcrafted: Not a Review – an Endorsement appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
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LostArtPress on InstagramThis stage of construction always makes me think of the Iron Throne.The period which concerns us is from around 1700 to the late 19th century. At this time, without railways or roads, about three-quarters of the country was inaccessible to any kind of heavy or bulky load. If it would not go on the back of a pack animal, it didn’t go! If you add the poverty of centuries to this poor transportation there are two major effects on the lives of the smallholder, farmer and villager in inland Wales. The first is that the people individually, and the villagers corporately, had to be self-sufficient in nearly everything. The second effect was that the people were not influenced by the fashions of their more urban contemporaries. If they made an object, whatever it was, a pot, a shawl, a spoon, an implement or a piece of furniture, the overriding parameters of the design were availability of materials and fitness for use. This produced traditional and unique designs, from clothing to the construction of their dwellings. So the tradition accumulated which was unique to their particular area. Another area had another design. With the passing of time, and increasing populations, men travelled to find work, or visited the coastal seaports, and in this way new ideas would come. In this atmosphere a type of Welsh furniture evolved, including the Welsh stick chair. — from “Welsh Stick Chairs” by John Brown #Welsh_Stick_ChairsMoulding planes typically come in two flavors: The simple section of a circle (either convex or concave), or a complex moulding that is formed fully by one plane. Each has its advantages in the shop. What is most useful from Moxon’s description is his mention of the different pitches available for these planes. Softer woods use lower-pitched irons and lower angles on their irons (12 degrees, according to Moxon, which seems low). And harder woods use higher pitches – up to 80 degrees, which seems rather high from the old planes I’ve seen. Typical moulding planes, even early ones, would use higher pitches, but I’ve never seen an 80-degree pitch moulding plane. Typically, these planes top out at a 60-degree pitch in my experience. — from “Art of Joinery” by Joseph Moxon; commentary by Christopher Schwarz #The_Art_of_Joinery
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