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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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Category Archives: Techniques
I wrote about the following trick to reduce splitting when nailing in “The Anarchist’s Design Book.” Since then, I’ve caught flack from people who say it’s not true. So much so that I’ve been doubting my own shop experience. Here’s … Continue reading
Soot was one of the earliest materials used by humans to decorate their surroudings. In the late 18th century and well into the 19th century smoke painting was a decorative technique used on furniture. It was cheap and the smoke … Continue reading
“Do not condemn the cutting qualities of a new tool until you have ground it more than once, as invariably you will find a perfect edge on the second if not the first time grinding.” — Charles Buck, of Buck … Continue reading
Here is joint I have not encountered yet. I suppose they are technically dovetails, but I think the construction looks more like tails of fish. Paul Windle-Taylor of Brittany, France, discovered them at the back of the bottom drawer of … Continue reading
In our household, we have offered the following guideline to our young girls: Words are not weapons. The only way that words can hurt you is if you let them hurt you. So, as you can imagine, we allow complete … Continue reading
What’s wrong with this picture? I have found a number of ways to crack the stuff I am working on. Namely half-blind tail sockets in the drawer fronts. I have been chopping them out and been cracking the board. The … Continue reading