Logs to Lumber

With sweat equity and a few simple tools, you can split strong, stable stock. Though sawn lumber was available to 17th- and 18th-century European woodworkers in Colonial America, many American [...]

Boring in the 18th Century

Today’s array of bits has nothing on historical practice. In my attempts to recreate period work, I’ve many times come across the need to make holes that no modern tool can practically create. My [...]

Art History v. Experimental Archeology

I have often found it beneficial to sketch furniture while examining it. Unlike a photograph, a pencil insists a form be understood to be reproduced. But my sketches don’t always look like [...]

Beginning Woodworking: Splitting Logs

If I could teach a class on period woodworking and really control the syllabus, I would start in the woods and teach beginning woodworking. And while I doubt I could fill woodworking classes like [...]

Shop Cleanup

We all have junk in our shops that we don’t use or no longer need. My junk is sometimes a bit unique, but it’s junk none-the-less. I’m cleaning out my shop, making room for more junk and I’ll [...]

A Machinist’s Chest for Woodworkers?

I hope you are enjoying my latest series on my new tool chest. The project was born this time last year during the FWW presentations at Colonial Williamsburg’s “Working Wood in the [...]

The Emperor’s New Saw?

I built my Roubo clone frame saw many years ago after seeing a similar one in Colonial Williamsburg’s Hay shop. With my version, which is a closer approximation of the Roubo saw in [...]

Working to a Line

The basic principle of woodworking is painfully easy: Mark your project carefully, then remove the wood that isn’t part of your project. Over Christmas break, I built my wife a coffee [...]

Marking Gauge Maintenance

I’m busy dovetailing the 13 tiny drawers for the tool chest I’m making. I’m using two marking gauges to mark out the drawer fronts, but I was having some problems with the [...]

Medieval Stock Preparation

虽然飞机已经存在了几千年,他们haven’t always been the essential woodworking tool that we may think they were. In Medieval Europe, and especially England, lots of good [...]

WIA 2012 After Action Report

Just got home from the Woodworking in America Midwest, the second of two conferences held this fall. Just want to say thanks to all of you who attended and supported these conferences. I really [...]

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