Woodworking Techniques and Advice

Staying on the straight and narrow

john_englishMaintenance costs time and money. But if we don’t do it, the cost goes up.



Building a piece inspired by Seymour

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 14:16

The book “The Furniture Masterworks of John and Thomas Seymour” written by Robert D. Massey Jr., and published by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., has inspired me to attempt to build something similar in nature to two of their works. My design utilizes a combination of the features of the night cabinets shown in entries 28 and 30. The dimensions will be 32" high x 22" wide x 14" deep.



The basics matter, so don’t jump ahead

Monday, 09 March 2009 15:26

The majority of woodworkers have acquired their knowledge on the job, from mentors or through self-study. There is an Achilles’ heel to this form of learning — the overlooking of basics. That’s because training starts at the intermediate level with the assumption that basics are understood.



How to finish your ‘Simple Chair’

Thursday, 05 February 2009 15:42

Two layers of 3/4" Baltic birch plywood can be used for the bending jig’s base, vertical fins, cauls, clamp seats and concave bending surfaces. The caul softeners are scraps of dense, plush carpet wrapped around the caul’s face, stapled to its cheeks, and protected from squeeze-out with high-quality duct tape.



Making complex bends from a ‘simple’ design

Tuesday, 30 December 2008 20:16

Have you ever considered a project that would bend and twist and require near-perfect grain orientation? One that tapered along its length at varying rates and then reversed its taper? Or connected several specific locations at different angles? Flexible as an archer’s bow in some places, and stiff as a hammer handle in others.



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