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LostArtPress on InstagramNew from Lost Art Press: “Making & Mastering Wood Planes” by David Finck. Hardbound. Made in the USA. $29. An outstanding book for people who want to use handplanes in their work.Image 1: Depending on the scale of your stock and the size of your gouges, there’s more or less background to remove. I work right against the incised cuts first, then move back to get the whole background chopped down. Here hand pressure is enough to get into the tight spaces in this example. Image 2: The large gouge chops accents and details in the foreground. — from “Joiner’s Work” by Peter Follansbee #Joiners_WorkSlatted tabletop. This oak tabletop is designed to cope with external conditions through selecting air-dried English oak and allowance made for large seasonal wood movement. The surrounding framework is morticed and tenoned together, assembled using waterproof polyurethane glue and drawbored with pins driven upward from the underside. The pins don’t extend to the upper surface thus helping limit the ingress of water into the joints. The slats are tenoned into mortices longer than the width of the tenon, providing room for expansion and contraction. Gaps between the slats similarly allow for wood movement, and in addition the gaps act as drainage points that prevent water puddling on a wide surface, which would lead to unwelcome problems. The wood’s surface has no finish so it’s turned grey over the years and attracted some lichen. The table could be scrubbed off every now and then to clean up the surface, but in eight years since I made the table I’ve never bothered to do so. Being oak, I’d expect to get at least 20 years of service from the feet of the legs touching the ground, and longer from the tabletop. Perhaps in about 25 years someone may feel an itch to make a new set of legs to carry the tabletop? — from “Cut & Dried: The Woodworker’s Guide to Timber Technology” by Richard Jones #CutandDried
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