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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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I never had the privilege of meeting David Esterly (1944-2019), who died last month after a battle with Lou Gerhig’s disease. Esterly was a giant in the world of carving. Not only in his technical skill but in his ability … Continue reading
On Saturday, Chris Schwarz and I had our biennial chair conversation. I subjected him to a mind probe about his recently purchased a Welsh stick chair and an Irish Gibson stick chair he is currently building. Suzanne: Please confirm if … Continue reading
When I was 7 my father called me out to the patio to help him as he was building a bookcase. He told me to hold a string to the end of a board, hold it tight and don’t let … Continue reading
The American Elm (Ulmus americana) known for its rapid growth and and hardiness was the perfect tree to enhance the towns and cities of a young America. Although there are many Elm Streets and Elm Avenues the devastation of Dutch elm … Continue reading
I first encountered Kentucky-style furniture when I visited the workshop of Warren May of Berea, Ky., in the early 2000s. While working with Warren on an article for Popular Woodworking Magazine, he invited me to his barn to see his … Continue reading
I’ve taught a lot of woodworking students of all different skill levels – from beginners to professionals – all over the world. Despite that, I was shocked and delighted by the full-time students at Rowden Atelier in Devon when I … Continue reading