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LostArtPress on InstagramAnd how should we finish up this Chest of Drawers? “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker” suggests grain-painting it to look like oak, then adding wooden knobs that are ebony or painted to look like it. Also recommended: Adding a strip of flat or beaded wood around the bottom of the case to cover the dovetails. Then paint this strip black as well. Contemporary tastes don’t go for grain-painting, and we like our joinery exposed. And this chest looks just fine to the modern eye if simply varnished. In fact, some people have asked me if the piece was a Shaker design. That’s an interesting comment, as early Shakers were from England and were trained in the shops of 18th-century masters. It wasn’t until the Shakers started training their own followers in cabinet making that the Shaker style became extremely refined like what you see in the Eastern Shaker communities in the middle 19th century. The chest in this book is made using American black cherry, which does not take well to complex dyes. So I decided to use a finish that would be simple, as this is not a high-style piece, and would be in line with the practices of the period. — from “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker” by Anon, Christopher Schwarz and Joel Moskowitz #The_Joiner_and_Cabinet_MakerPsst. The second edition of @nrhiller’s great book “Making Things Work” is now available in our store. Changes to the second edition are minor — new dust jacket (swipe to see) and a short additional tale at the end. We are so pleased that Nancy has let us become the publisher for this book, and we hope to keep it in print for many years to come.Tall Clocks. 81-1/2" H x 15 -3/8” W x 8-3/4" D (207cm x 39.1cm x 22.2cm). One of my favorite pieces, this clock design is attributed to Benjamin Youngs, Sr., of Watervliet, N.Y. It’s austere, yet elegant; the only adornment is the quarter-round moulding top and bottom, and the cove that supports the bonnet. The original is pine, with a mahogany stain. I usually make this clock in cherry, but it also looks stunning completely ebonized. Dennis Griggs photo. — from “Shaker Inspiration” by Christian Becksvoort. #Shaker_Inspiration
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Category Archives: Woodworking in Estonia
This is an excerpt from “Woodworking in Estonia” by Ants Viires; translated by Mart Aru. Unsegmented felloes in Estonia and Latvia were always bent from ash wood. In Russia too, ash was occasionally used, although oak and elm were preferred. The Assikvere wheelright used ash … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “Woodworking in Estonia” by Ants Viires and translated by Mart Aru. Until the beginning of the century, spoons and ladles for home use were generally produced by the peasants themselves. The preferred timber was that of birch, hard pieces … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “Woodworking in Estonia” by Ants Viires; translated by Mart Aru. MATERIAL USED. In Europe bent-board containers were made of various types of timber. The flexible and easily cut aspen was popular in Estonia, and was also widely used … Continue reading
Furniture conservator and cabinetmaker Martin O’Brien sent us these intriguing images of low workbenches being used by Spanish woodworkers to build ladderback chairs. And, to add to the multicultural mix, it comes from a book in Japanese. To me it … Continue reading
You never know what you might find when viewing Fujisan in a Japanese woodblock print. The tool the cooper is using looked very familiar and then I remembered the tools from “Woodworking in Estonia” by Ants Viires. The bigger Japanese … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “Woodworking in Estonia” by Ants Viires; translation by Mart Aru. The use of the plane presumes a base on which the item being planed is fastened. For a long time a simple low working bench, … Continue reading