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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.
- Workbenches: With Experience Comes SimplicityFor the many-hundredth time last week, I explained the virtues of simple workbenches to a skeptical audience of 10 workbench … The post Workbenches: With Experience Comes Simplicity appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- Meet Munich Designer Richard RiemerschmidWhenever I have a day off when I’m traveling, I gorge myself on museums. Yesterday I had a free day … The post Meet Munich Designer Richard Riemerschmid appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.
- How to Design Furniture With Spindles
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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The two closest Shaker communities to Cincinnati are also the most difficult to see. The White Water Shaker Village isn’t open to the public on a regular basis, though there is a dedicated group of people trying to change that. … Continue reading
I was in elementary school when my father hurt his back so badly while working on the farm that his doctor confined him to bed. My bedroom was immediately down the hall from my parents’, and after school one day … Continue reading
For many years, I have been an undying fan of the work of Chester Cornett (1913-1981), a traditional Eastern Kentucky chairmaker who crossed over to become an artist who lived out his last years in Cincinnati, just a few miles … Continue reading
The second half of my interview with Core77 was posted today (here’s the link), and I am deeply jealous of the lede that Rain Noe wrote at the top of the piece. It’s a nice piece of work, and it’s … Continue reading
Core77, a website for industrial designers, just published the first part of an interview with me on my research methods for my designs plus about 100 other little topics. If you’re wondering what the next book in the “Anarchist” series … Continue reading
Step into Roy Underhill’s bathroom at The Woodwright’s School, and you’ll encounter a poster of Albrecht Dürer’s “Melencolia I,” a puzzling image filled with mysterious symbols and woodworking tools. Whenever a student goes missing in the bathroom during the classes … Continue reading