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LostArtPress on InstagramStools, dead and alive. The students are designing their own stools today. We start with half-scale models made with wire hangers and scrap. These models determine the sight lines and resultants.Cutting Lapped Dovetails. It makes no difference whether the dovetails or the pins are cut first; it is mostly a matter of personal preference, though choice may be determined by other considerations. For instance, the top and bottom may have to be glued up to make the width, and it would then likely be convenient to cut the pins in the ends whilst the joints are setting. Marking out. Trimming the wood to size is the first procedure. The ends in which the pins are cut are obvious; they are the finished size of the carcase as shown in Fig. 1. It is clear that the top and bottom must be short of the overall width by the combined thickness of the two laps in the ends. This lap size has therefore to be decided straightway. In Fig. 1 the required over-all width is 18 ins. Assuming that the lap is to be 1/8 in. it is clear that the top and bottom will have to finish 17-3/4 ins. long. Use the cutting gauge to mark the extent of the joint as shown in Fig. 2. Set the gauge to work from the inside of the ends, the required lap projecting beyond, and mark both sides of top and bottom as well as the edges of the ends (see A). In this way the pins are bound to be the same size as the dovetails. Since the top and bottom sink their full thickness into the ends, the gauge is now re-set the thickness of these and the inner surface of the ends marked as at B, Fig. 2. — from “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years: Volume III” published by Lost Art Press #the_woodworkerThanks @leevalleytools for the write-up in your latest catalog. Much appreciated!
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Category Archives: The Art of Joinery
This is an excerpt from “The Art of Joinery” by Joseph Moxon with commentary by Christopher Schwarz. Joseph Moxon’s text is in italics. Of the square and it’s use. The square, marked D, is two adjunct sides of a geometrical … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “The Art of Joinery” by Joseph Moxon; commentary by Christopher Schwarz. The jointer is made somewhat longer than the fore plane and has its sole perfectly straight from end to end. Its office is to follow … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “The Art of Joinery” by Joseph Moxon; commentary by Christopher Schwarz. Now we get to the fun part: Putting the tools to use. Moxon’s first “exercise” is to plane a large piece of wood square to … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “The Art of Joinery” by Joseph Moxon; commentary by Christopher Schwarz. The waving engine described in plate 5. fig. 7, hath A B, a long square plank of about seven inches broad, five foot long, and … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “The Art of Joinery” by Joseph Moxon; commentary by Christopher Schwarz Analysis Moxon’s plow is widely reported as a mirror image of the same tool in Félibien’s work. And that is why this picture of this … Continue reading
A common bit of advice on building tool chests goes like this: “You should build the chest to fit your tools.” I’d like to amend that melba-toast statement to this: “You should build the chest to fit our tools.” Woodworking … Continue reading
“The Art of Joinery, Revised Edition” by Joseph Moxon has arrived in our Indianapolis warehouse and pre-publication orders will begin shipping this weekend. All of our domestic and international retailers have agreed to carry the title, so if that’s where … Continue reading