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LostArtPress on InstagramThese planes are fitted with three adjustments. Adjustment nut or screw enables cutter to be fed out or in. Lateral adjustment lever gives correction if one corner projects more than the other. Mouth adjustment screw is used to enlarge or reduce width of mouth. Before it is used the frog fixing screws must be slackened and tightened again afterwards. In addition the back iron can be set to any requited distance from the cutting edge. For rough work this should be about a/16 in. and as close as you can get it for finishing difficult grain. In the Record “stay-set” back iron the screw need not be undone when sharpening. Note the thin part of the sole behind the mouth, enabling the frog to support the cutter regardless of the mouth width. In some cheap, faulty makes this is not done and cutter is unsupported when mouth is fine, causing plane to chatter on hard wood. — from “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years: Volume I” published by Lost Art Press #The_WoodworkerTexture describes the roughness or smoothness of the wood to the touch and visually. Smoother woods are generally more lustrous in appearance whereas open-pored woods are duller. Oaks and other hardwoods with similar growth patterns such as chestnut and ash (image 1), which collectively are known as coarse or uneven textured woods, make ring-porous wood. In the spring, the tree lays down a ring of open-pored wood well-suited to transporting liquids and, during the summer, they create denser, less-porous wood. The difference in the ability of spring wood and summer wood to take in and conduct water is well demonstrated when the two types of wood are dyed as part of the wood finishing or polishing process. The open-pored spring wood soaks up wood dye more readily and generally darkens more than the summergrown wood darkens. The spring growth of some timbers is so coarse the pores are readily visible – red oaks are a good example. Semi-diffuse-porous or semi-ringporous woods like walnuts show some differentiation in the pore size between spring growth and summer-grown wood in which the spring growth exhibits larger pores than summer-grown wood, but the borderline between one zone and the next is blurred (image 2). — from “Cut & Dried: A Woodworker’s Guide to Timber Technology” by Richard Jones #Cut_and_DriedBuilding a chair in front of 90 polite, inquisitive and intelligent woodworkers (many of them engineers) will keep you on your toes. Speaking to the @mnwoodworkersguild is not for newbies (this is high praise). This is where we finished up making a chair today. Tomorrow we will finish it.
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Category Archives: Welsh Stick Chairs by John Brown
You can now order the Lost Art Press version of “Welsh Stick Chairs” in the U.K. and Europe through Classic Hand Tools in Suffolk. Classic Hand Tools is currently taking pre-orders and will ship those out when the books arrive … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “Welsh Stick Chairs” by John Brown. Tracing the provenance of individual country chairs is a complicated business, probably with few exceptions, impossible. There is no scholarly standard work to refer to. Chairs with similar characteristics are found … Continue reading
During his long career as a chairmaker, Chris Williams has heard stories of people filling up shipping containers of Welsh stick chairs and sending them to the United States. (You also hear stories – shudder – of people chopping them … Continue reading
When I built my first stick chair in 2003, I was so happy with the result that I wanted to build that exact same form 100 times or more. Today – maybe 100 chairs later – I roughed out a … Continue reading
On Saturday, Chris Schwarz and I had our biennial chair conversation. I subjected him to a mind probe about his recently purchased a Welsh stick chair and an Irish Gibson stick chair he is currently building. Suzanne: Please confirm if … Continue reading
I’ve seen a lot of slideshows of people’s incredible, breathtaking and life-changing work. For the first 50 years of my life, I watched and was inspired. Graceful furniture forms. Astonishing craftsmanship. Shimmering finishes. All of it made me say: I … Continue reading