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LostArtPress on InstagramTwo more cases glued up for this massive campaign chest. Now for the blades and drawer runners.Occasionally a piece of furniture, structurally sound and technically correct, will appear “wrong.” It may be right proportionally, but it still looks distracting. Mismatched grain is often the cause of the annoyance. The purpose of matching grain is to produce a panel or series of components that gives the illusion of being continuous and to coordinate with the rest of the piece. Correctly matched grain depends on several factors. Experience and a good eye are important. So is the amount of wood available. If there are several hundred boards to choose from, there is no reason not to obtain the desired number of panels matched for grain pattern and color. If only two boards are available, the task becomes more difficult. Yet even with just two boards, there are 16 different options for gluing them edge to edge. With three boards, there are 64 choices. Obviously, a board with knots or sapwood limits the possibilities. As a rule, parallel grain (quartersawn) should not be matched to wide face grain (plainsawn), or any grain that runs at an angle to the edge. (The first image) shows a very good match of three boards, while (the second) illustrates a poor match. — from “With the Grain” by Christian Becksvoort #With_the_GrainMaking progress on this massive campaign chest. So many dang dovetails....
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Category Archives: The Essential Woodworker
Robert Wearing’s “The Essential Woodworker” is back in stock in the Lost Art Press online store. We went out of stock last year after a surprising rush of sales on the title. “The Essential Woodworker” was the second book we … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “The Essential Woodworker” by Robert Wearing. In making plain or flush doors the obvious choice of material appears to be a well-chosen board of solid wood (Fig 353). However this is no solution since the wood may … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “The Essential Woodworker” by Robert Wearing. The accurate sawing of tenons (Fig 119) is a vital skill. They should be sawn with confidence and should fit from the saw. To saw clear of the lines, for safety, … Continue reading
Acclaimed craftsman and woodworking instructor Robert Wearing was formally trained at Loughborough College (now University) in Leicestershire, England. It was there, during the late 1940s, that a physical education teacher said a sentence that Wearing has embraced throughout his long … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “The Essential Woodworker” by Robert Wearing. A well-fitting drawer can be likened to a piston working in a cylinder. For a drawer to fit well, not only is it important that the drawer itself is absolutely accurate … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “The Essential Woodworker” by Robert Wearing. Shelves can be fixtures, often helping to strengthen the carcase, or they can be adjustable. The former will be considered first. The simple or stopped housing joint (Fig … Continue reading