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- 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.
- Flush-cutting Without FrustrationCutting wedges, plugs or dowels flush with the surrounding surface is a source of great frustration for many woodworkers. Either … The post Flush-cutting Without Frustration appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- Sorry, But I Have to Mention Fire Safety
LostArtPress on InstagramThe scene across the street last week — a workshop fire. Luckily no one was hurt and the damage was minor. I wrote about the topic of shop fires today on the Popular Woodworking blog.Simple Tool Cuts. In many respects this is the simplest form of carving. There is no attempt at modelling of any kind, the effect being obtained purely by simple cuts with gouge or chisel. At the same time it calls for neatness and clean cutting. It can be extremely effective, especially when used as a repeat or variegated pattern, and was widely used during the oak period of furniture making. It is closely allied to chip carving where the effect is also obtained in the simplest way by making cuts which meet in the thickness of the wood, so allowing the chip to come away easily and cleanly. — from “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years: Volume I” published by Lost Art Press #The_WoodworkerSaw some amazing ripple molding at the Holland History Museum (in Michigan) including this stunning stuff around a 17th-c painting. Details on my Popular Woodworking blog.
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Category Archives: Ingenious Mechanicks
This is an excerpt from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz. Many visitors to my shop are intrigued by the low Roman-style workbenches (especially the children, who play Whac-A-Mole with the pegs). The most frequent questions I hear are: Were the Romans Lilliputians? And is this low … Continue reading
In our research for “Ingenious Mechanicks,” we translated parts of a codex from 1505 that was written and illustrated by Martin Löffelholz. In it, Löffelholz showed what are likely the first modern workbenches with a tail vise and face vise. … Continue reading
Many of you have been asking about some of our newer titles, with specific questions about content and wondering if these books are right for you. So we have assembled pdf excerpts for each of these books, which you are … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz. Sometimes I wonder why I research old workbenches, build them and write about them. I know my critics and friends wonder the same thing. The truth is, I have a gland – well, it feels … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz. The first time I saw the bench in Peter Nicholson’s “Mechanic’s Companion” (1831), I thought: That’s not right – the benchtop has only a planing stop. There are no holes for holdfasts, dogs or other … Continue reading
One of the curious frustrations in researching “Ingenious Mechanicks” was reading the reports from archaeologists who speculated on how woodworking tools were used or objects were made. It became obvious that some of these guys didn’t know the difference between … Continue reading
I’ve seen a blurry photograph of a detail of Chester Cornett’s chairmaking workbench and read Michael Owen Jones’s description of the bench in “The Craftsman of the Cumberlands.” At the time I thought: That sounds like a Roman-style workbench. And … Continue reading