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LostArtPress on InstagramThese planes are fitted with three adjustments. Adjustment nut or screw enables cutter to be fed out or in. Lateral adjustment lever gives correction if one corner projects more than the other. Mouth adjustment screw is used to enlarge or reduce width of mouth. Before it is used the frog fixing screws must be slackened and tightened again afterwards. In addition the back iron can be set to any requited distance from the cutting edge. For rough work this should be about a/16 in. and as close as you can get it for finishing difficult grain. In the Record “stay-set” back iron the screw need not be undone when sharpening. Note the thin part of the sole behind the mouth, enabling the frog to support the cutter regardless of the mouth width. In some cheap, faulty makes this is not done and cutter is unsupported when mouth is fine, causing plane to chatter on hard wood. — from “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years: Volume I” published by Lost Art Press #The_WoodworkerTexture describes the roughness or smoothness of the wood to the touch and visually. Smoother woods are generally more lustrous in appearance whereas open-pored woods are duller. Oaks and other hardwoods with similar growth patterns such as chestnut and ash (image 1), which collectively are known as coarse or uneven textured woods, make ring-porous wood. In the spring, the tree lays down a ring of open-pored wood well-suited to transporting liquids and, during the summer, they create denser, less-porous wood. The difference in the ability of spring wood and summer wood to take in and conduct water is well demonstrated when the two types of wood are dyed as part of the wood finishing or polishing process. The open-pored spring wood soaks up wood dye more readily and generally darkens more than the summergrown wood darkens. The spring growth of some timbers is so coarse the pores are readily visible – red oaks are a good example. Semi-diffuse-porous or semi-ringporous woods like walnuts show some differentiation in the pore size between spring growth and summer-grown wood in which the spring growth exhibits larger pores than summer-grown wood, but the borderline between one zone and the next is blurred (image 2). — from “Cut & Dried: A Woodworker’s Guide to Timber Technology” by Richard Jones #Cut_and_DriedBuilding a chair in front of 90 polite, inquisitive and intelligent woodworkers (many of them engineers) will keep you on your toes. Speaking to the @mnwoodworkersguild is not for newbies (this is high praise). This is where we finished up making a chair today. Tomorrow we will finish it.
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Category Archives: Shaker Inspiration
This is an excerpt from “Shaker Inspiration: Five Decades of Fine Craftsmanship” by Christian Becksvoort. Full-panel construction, sometimes called slab or wide-panel construction, consists of a single board, or a series of boards glued up to form a wider panel. In a case piece, … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “Shaker Inspiration: Five Decades of Fine Craftsmanship” by Christian Becksvoort. Even before frame-and-panel doors come into widespread use, larger doors had to accommodate seasonal wood movement in one way or another. The most common method was to use a series … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “Shaker Inspiration: Five Decades of Fine Craftsmanship” by Christian Becksvoort. Craftsmanship is a tough concept to get your head around. Even the dictionary gives it short shrift. “Skill in a particular craft.” Pretty lame. This is a bit better: … Continue reading
For a taste of what our two most recent titles offer, we’ve created PDF excerpts, which you are welcome to download. The pdf for “The Intelligent Hand” by David Savage includes the table of contents, foreword, a look at some … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “Shaker Inspiration: Five Decades of Fine Craftsmanship” by Christian Becksvoort. One of the most difficult tasks when starting a business is pricing your work or product. Many woodworkers, especially those just beginning, seriously underprice their work. Hobbyists, especially, have no … Continue reading
We just received word that Christian Becksvoort’s new book “Shaker Inspiration” has shipped from the Tennessee printing plant and is en route to our Indiana warehouse. This means two things: We will begin shipping these as soon as possible. I … Continue reading
Christian Becksvoort’s new book “Shaker Inspiration: Five Decades of Fine Craftsmanship” is now available for pre-publication ordering. The book is $43 and will ship in November 2018. All customers who order the book before it ships will receive a free … Continue reading