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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
The winter 2012 issue of Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine have called out two Lost Art Press books – “The Essential Woodworker” and “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” – as 12 of the “must-have titles for your workshop library.” It’s an honor … Continue reading
We are running low on T-shirts, and so it is time to come up with a new design and pithy expression for the back of the shirt. As a tractor trailer pulled up to my driveway in the pouring rain … Continue reading
You can now purchase Robert Wearing’s hand-tool masterwork, “The Essential Woodworker,” for your Kindle or other reader that is compatible with Kindle files. The Kindle book is $10 and can be purchased here in our store. That means you can … Continue reading
You can now download the ePub edition of “The Essential Woodworker” by Robert Wearing in a completely DRM-free format for your iPad, iPhone or other electronic reader that supports .epub files. Click here to visit our store and purchase the … Continue reading
In a table or stool construction either the legs or the rails may be marked out first. This example starts with the rails. Cramp together the long and short pairs, with true faces out and true edges down. Mark each … Continue reading
Design brief: Before commencing on any design other than a copy a design brief must be prepared. A design brief is a collection of all the data relevant to the construction and use of the article and the design is … Continue reading
Editor’s note: The following account was written by Robert Wearing, the author of “The Essential Woodworker,” which is one of the best modern books on handwork. Period. End of story. In this entry, Wearing recounts his woodworking training after World … Continue reading