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The Woodworker's Treasure Chest Review

The Woodworker's Treasure Chest Review

How to Set Up A Complete Woodworking Shop on a Budget?

How to Set Up A Complete Woodworking Shop on a Budget?

DIY Smart Saw Review

DIY Smart Saw Review

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Interlocking slats form an allwood tambour

Old Desk Front Elevation

I can recall my first encounter with a roll-top desk. My parents and I were visiting my uncle's home and were impressed with all the compartments and little drawers in his desk. Many years have passed since that visit, and 1 now realize that the greatest asset of a roll-top desk is not all the storage areas provided by the drawers and pigeon holes, but the tambour curtain that can be drawn over the working area to transform a cluttered utility desk into an elegant piece of furniture. Before...

Flat Vs Rabbeted Molding Frame

Jak Prawid Owo Podmywa Yotube

The type of molding frame will determine how much of the top or bottom edge of the carcase is visible. Internal frame is the same thickness as the molding. Internal frame is the same thickness as the molding. A flat frame is easier to build and fit. But it shows the entire case edge and must lie perfectly flat. A flat frame is easier to build and fit. But it shows the entire case edge and must lie perfectly flat. Molding overhangs the frame, creating a lip that covers any gaps. Molding...

Method Of Joining The Legs And Rails Of A Stool

Cad Drawing Homework

1 Cut the four legs and the rails to size. Because they are sloped by 5 from the vertical, the two front legs are slightly longer than the back ones. There are two rails for each side and three long cross rails that join the two sides together. 2 The method of construction is to make and glue the two sides before joining them together with the longer cross rails. All the joints are mortise and tenons, with those at the tops of the legs having a haunch (see Fig 6.6 see also page 23). Because the...

Soft rock from hardwoods

Brian Boggs Drill Press Jigs

Rear leg post, VA in. dia., tapers to 7 in. dia. beginning above armrest. Front leg post, V i in. dia., tapers to VA in. dia. beginning here. After building more than 100 rocking chairs, I've developed a rather non-scientific approach for designing and constructing attractive, strong and comfortable rockers from green hardwoods. My first rocking chair was a straight ladderback chair fit on runners copied from an old chair I liked. Although I was able to construct the chair fairly quickly, I...

Locking drawers and a dropfront secretaire

Strip Pattern Furniture Slipcovers

For more than 300 years, cabinetmakers on the island of Bermuda have been designing personal decorative dovetail patterns to join the carcases of their chests-on-frames. Because I was living in Bermuda when I built the Wellington campaign chest shown in the photo above, 1 followed this tradition and designed my own sunburst variation for the carcase dovetails. Named after the first Duke of Wellington the British commander known for defeating Napoleon at Waterloo , Wellington chests are made to...

Frame and panel or frame and thin skin construction

Marshall Cabinet Construction

Much of this method of construction is a legacy of the utility furniture of the 1940s and early 1950s, when wood was at a premium and components were whittled down to a bare minimum. The extremely thin veneered plywood skins and panels were designed to give the appearance of solid wood construction and a traditional feel. This method of construction, 177 Basic construction showing joints 1. Housed with economy of material as its main aim, dadoed joint 2 amp 3. Tongue and lap 4. Mitre and became...

Building in the Language of Greene and Greene

Greene And Greene Furniture Plans

I MAI A ROOMFUL OF FURNITURE recently in the style of Charles and Henry Greene, brothers who designed houses and furniture in California in the first decades of this century. One of the most difficult aspects of making this furniture was finding ways to produce the details, the little touches that define the Greenes' work and make it so appealing to the hand and eye.The square black pegs, which are left slightly proud of the mahogany surface the exposed splines also proud and gently radiused...

Wood Futon Frame Plans

Building Wooden Futon

The next, it's a comfortable bed. Either way our sturdy oak frame supports its fluffy mattress in the greatest of style. Build one for an extra bedroom, the family room, or that college-bound scholar. You'll find that the futon gets lots of use, and that you'll be praised as the skilled craftsman who made it. 5 ie lag screws 1W long require a 7M pilot hole 1V deep , into F Vj 1 x1 x 2V2 angle iron 5 i6 hanger bolt 2 lone Note We built our frame around a 54x75...

Repair for Fractured Bentwood

Creative Furniture Refurbishing

Another type of problem you can encoun- Our old rocker had two problems she beni wood at the bottom of the arm was broken, with a chip missing from ihe wood ai the point where the arm joins the back of the chair. Our old rocker had two problems she beni wood at the bottom of the arm was broken, with a chip missing from ihe wood ai the point where the arm joins the back of the chair. 1 The arm is fastened to the chair seat by means of a bolt. The wood around the bolt has been fractured, which...

Shaping a pedestal without a lathe

Wood Filler Plywood Edge

Screw near pedestal keeps top centered. Shape filler blocks with round-bottom plane to blend with leg. Position filler blocks so planing is easiest top to bottom When cutting bevels on legs and filler blocks, leave blunt point for easier glue-up. Elongate hole to accommodate expansion and contraction of top. To my taste, the Shakers developed the finest pedestal tables. I'm particularly fond of the cherry table made at Hancock, Mass., Shaker Village around 1830. The transition along die leg, up...

Design and construction

Trumpet Leg Furniture

The first half of the century saw the culmination of the 'age of oak'. Conservative attitudes to design and change resulted from the unsettled political situation. By the mid-century there was a diminution in the influence of architecture which gave cabinetmakers the opportunity to develop decorative techniques of their own, without being tied by the strict constraints of classical detailing and architectural features. The influence of styles and techniques based on the original homes of...

Delicate inlay fans life into a traditional piece

Wood Stringing Inlay Design

At an antiques show, a small mahogany Hepplewhite chest with a delicate fan inlay beckoned me. The owners let me measure and draw it, but we haven't been able to learn much more about this beautiful unsigned piece, except that it came from an old home in Fauquier County, the heart of Virginia's horse country. The owners presume that the chest was made nearby in the old port city of Alexandria. Overland transport of heavy lumber was so difficult two hundred years ago that most mahogany furniture...

Assembling and Finishing Furniture Kits

Scouting your attic and the garage sales to find good old pieces to restore is one way to acquire good furniture for your home. Another way is to buy unfinished furniture. And a third method rapidly growing in popularity is to build fine furniture in kit forni. For years, unfinished furniture has been the cheap way to add a bookcase, a night stand, or a chest of drawers to the home. Most of the unfinished furniture available was made of pine, spruce or other softwoods. and was of simple,...

Solid board carcass construction

This method of carcass construction is rarely undertaken by large manufacturers, and, when it is, the wood is usually strip laminated for stability and uniformity of colour and grain in production. Figure 185, for example, shows a solid wood top made of 18 in 45 cm sections glued together with a resin adhesive to form an 18 in 45 cm board. Ercol of High Wycombe 182 Framed carcasses using thin sheet material 182 Framed carcasses using thin sheet material are the masters of this form of...

Drawer rails runners kickers and guides

Chest Drawers Rails And Kickers

A typical carcass framing for a chest is shown in 243 1, with A the top bearer rails dovetailed into the sides, B the lower drawer rail twin stub tenoned in, C the central division, D drawer runners, and E kickers, whose function it is to prevent the drawer sides kicking up as the drawer is withdrawn. In solid work the drawer runners 3D are stub tenoned and glued into grooves in the front rail and housed to the sides, but the housing dadoes must not be glued, and the runners are secured by open...

Building an adjustable music stand

Traditional Vertical Warping Mill

V2 x 30-in. shell auger inserted through hollow tailstock. Wooden handle or Jacobs chuck holds auger as point is pushed into stock. . Avoid glue-ups where grain and growth-ring patterns point at glueline. Glueline on the quartergrain is less conspicuous. Copper-pipe T-fitting fits lathe tool rest. Arrange stock so growtn rings form uniform pattern. ft Scrap used to align square groove during glueup becomes turning mandrel for square spindle. 1-in. collar bears against endgrain. Turn mandrel to...

Elements of the Shaker Style

Craftsman Case Molding

BY CHRISTIAN TTTW, W ,RKIN MASi LRS Jere IA Osgood, Sam Maloofand W W George Nakashima eac h evolved a style and explored it to its ultimate conclusion, and to hell with what was in vogue.The Shakers did the same thing, continually refining their idiom until they approached perfection, without regard to the latest trend. hey developed a style of furniture that blends well and fits comfortably in any type of house. The Shakers went out of their way to eschew fashion The result is timelessness. I...

Egyptian Woodworking and Furniture

Egyptian Furniture

Box, Eighteenth Dynasty, tomb of Perpaut, Thebes. Durham University Oriental Museum, 1460. Photograph reproduced by courtesy of Durham University Oriental Museum. British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data Killen, Geoffrey Egyptian Woodworking and Furniture. - Shire Egyptology Series No. 21 I. Title. II. Series 749. 2932 ISBN 0-7478-0239-4 Published in 1994 by SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD Cromwell House, Church Street, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire HP27 9AJ, UK. All rights reserved. No...

Creating Working Drawings

Traditional Isometric View Furniture

Career, 1 dreaded ihe drawing stage ofa project. It was always a daunting, tedious process that only put off the true fun shaping real wood into real objects. After erasing a misplaced or poorly drawn line for the umpteenth time, I'd often think that I could have built the darn thing in the time it took to do the drawings. Considering the way 1 was producing drawings, 1 was probably right. Today, however, 1 thoroughly enjoy the drawing process, and 1 relish seeing my ideas first come to life on...

Jigs for machining tapered octagons

Four Post Bed Joinery

The pencil-post bed is a classic form that has been in use for centuries. The high posts were originally designed to hold a canopy frame, or tester pronounced teester , as shown in the photo at right. Before central heating, a canopy was standard equipment and was often accompanied by thick, quilted curtains on all four sides. Drawing the curtains at night created a room within a room designed to conserve warmth and provide privacy. In warm weather, the heavy curtains were replaced by fine lace...

Measured Drawings of Eighteenth Century American Furniture

Pancarte Png

To my family, without whose help and encouragement this book would not have been finished MEASURED DRAWINGS OF EIGHTEENTH CENTURY AMERICAN FURNITURE Copyright 1982 by Ejner P. Handberg Foreword 1993 by Berkshire House Publishers Cover Cherry bonnet top highboy, courtesy of Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission. For information address Berkshire House Publishers, Stockbridge, MA 01262....

Mortise And Tenon Joint

Barefaced Mortise And Tenon

Mortise and tenon is a traditional joint that has been used for centuries and can be seen in medieval houses, usually employing pegs or tusks. The tenons are not usually very long 4in 102mm is the maximum length for furniture. There are many variations of this joint for different applications. Tusked tenons are used when the furniture is knocked down i.e., can be taken apart for storage or sometimes for decoration often they are reinforced with pegs for strength. A 'stub' or 'stopped' mortise...

Through tenons and scribed cope joints

Antebellum Furniture Reproductions

The New Hampshire seacoast region where I live was one of the first to be settled by the early colonists. By the 18th century, Portsmouth was a busy port and a commercial center. Local merchants and sea captains invested their wealth in elegant homes, many of which still stand today. Thanks to a renewed interest in restoring these fine homes, about half of my woodworking business consists of making authentic period moldings, sash, trim and doors, mostly with traditional hand tools. In this...

Drafting Table for Shop or Home

Drafting Table For Shop Home

Tin DRAFTING ROOM at the college where 1 teach furniture making had long been a sore spot with me. The tables we used were industria -type library tables, not designed for drawing. The students who used them were far from comfortable. For hours at a time, they hunched over a flat surface that was at the wrong height. It made drafting a pain. To solve that problem, I designed and built the prototype shown in the top photo on p. 73. After working out the bugs in the design, 1 realized that this...

Plastic Knockdown Fittings Interlocking Mechanisms Furniture

Heavy Curtains For Canopy Bed Frame

A roll-top desk combines the best features of a utilitarian workspace with the elegance of a piece of fine furniture. The tambour on the author's oak desk, above, is made with interlocking slats, instead of being the more common cloth-back tambour. 3 - -75 8 - 2 I 23 4 e 7 3Vz A roll-top desk combines the best features of a utilitarian workspace with the elegance of a piece of fine furniture. The tambour on the author's oak desk, above, is made with interlocking slats, instead of being the more...

Attaching the top to the table rails

Shaker Furniture Candle Stand

The top is fastened to the rails with wood buttons screwed to the top, the buttons feature lips that fit into grooves cut into the rails, providing a secure connection while allowing for wood movement. Make sure the drop-leaf supports are in place on the side rails, then place the top face down on a work surface and clamp the leg-and-rail assembly in position on top. Make a button for every 6 inches of rail length page 101 . Spacing them about 6 inches apart and leaving a -inch gap between the...

Anatomy Of A Step Stool

Step Joints Wood

Shaker step stools were originally designed for reaching the upper shelves of high cupboards. Assembled with through dovetail joints and reinforced with plugged wood screws, the stool shown above is both sturdy and attractive. Shaker step stools were originally designed for reaching the upper shelves of high cupboards. Assembled with through dovetail joints and reinforced with plugged wood screws, the stool shown above is both sturdy and attractive.

Hidden compartments for special seasonings

Military Campaign Chest Trunk

In Colonial times, the spices we take for granted today were rare commodities brought to America at great expense on sailing vessels. The people affluent enough to buy spices would commission local craftsmen to build exquisite little chests of drawers for storing their spices and other valuables. Some spice boxes were scaled-down versions of high chests others, like the William-and-Mary chest below, were decorated with elaborate inlays. The spice box was most popular in Europe and the Colonies...

Designing Traditional Breadboard Ends

Gluing Breadboard Ends

Holes in the outer tenons are elongated to allow for wood movement. Apply glue only to the center 6 in. or so. Q What's the purpose behind using breadboard ends on a tabletop Apply glue only to the center 6 in. or so. A BREADBOARD ENDS KEEP WIDE TABLE ENDS FLAT while allowing the top to move seasonally. The breadboard is a grooved end cap that is placed over tenons and secured with pins. It is joined to the tabletop with a series of tenons connected by a continuous stub tenon. The longer tenons...

Educated guesses fill in the gaps

Carlyle Lynch Contour Tracer

Analyzing antiques is part detective work, some guesswork and much careful measurement. Lynch finds a 6-in. sliding ride good for measuring small pieces like drawers and as a caliper to gauge thicknesses. The ICydrawer mahogany case he's examining is one of the jewels hidden in Duncan Phyfe's tool chest. days when hand tools were the only tools. Otherwise, you'll never grasp what's hidden by veneers, moldings and thick layers of yellowed finishes. Surprisingly, if your skills at reassuring...

American Countrycolonial

Secret Compartments Furniture Plans

Using local wood species and unsophisticated construction methods, colonial America's pioneers adapted traditional country designs from England to produce simple, practical furniture known as American Country. Although more sophisticated styles supplanted these designs in prosperous colonial towns, rustic furniture prevailed on the ever-advancing frontier. With its simplicity, durability, and economy, traditional American Country furniture continues to appeal to 20th-century furniture makers,...

Mortise and tenon joints

Pinned Mortise And Tenon

The classic, and a most successful, way of joining end-grain to side-grain, the mortise and tenon joint Figure 2.25 can have hundreds of different variations. The mating parts can be rectangular traditional mortise and tenon or round dowels . A well-made joint offers mechanical restraint in all directions except direct withdrawal of the tenon from the mortise and is therefore able to offer good resistance to compression, shear and racking. The basic joint can be improved in several ways....

Cut the post caps and bolf covers next

Countersunk Shank Hole

IFrom 5 8-thick stock, cut eight caps L to 2' 4m square. Drill a hole 1 2 deep centered on the bottom of each cap, where shown on Drawing 6. 2 Tilt the blade on your tablesaw to 45 away from the fence, and bevel-cut each top edge of each 2' 4M-square cap, as shown in Step 1 of Drawing 6a. Then, follow Step 2 of the detail to cut the decorative rabbets. 3To make the cap supports M , cut two pieces of oak to 3 4X3 4Xl5. Then, bevel-rip each edge of each strip at 45 , where shown on the Bottom...

Designing Furniture A Survival Guide

Demilune Table With Garrett Hack

1 A ASSIGNING A PIECE OF FURNITURE should be fun, not intimidating, iMmmmr Yet know woodworkers who think nothing ofhuilding complicated jigs or mastering difficult finishes but feel lost when it comes to designing a piece offur-nilure truly iheir own. The most important thing you can do is to train your eye. Look at furniture you like. Look in books, or go to museums, galleries, and new or antique furniture stores. Discover what appeals to you and why. In my article Designing a Chest...