Category Archives: techniques

Planing Beads

Here’s a quick post on the latest work on the dry sink. The plan calls for an applied bead around the inside of the door opening. I made these beads eons ago. They were planed onto the edge of a … Continue reading

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Hunting Rabbets

While my friends who have tooled up to cut joinery by hand have bought vintage moving fillister planes, I went modern with the Veritas version which they call the “skew rabbet plane.” In addition to final honing, there were two … Continue reading

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Milk paint finish on chair

The Windsor chair I built (yes I’ve still built only one) is almost two years old.  I want to document the finishing steps for quick reference later and also post a few photos of how it’s wearing.  I still love … Continue reading

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One (and only one) step above termite barf

I recently repaired the arm of this chair. It was from Ethan Allan about ten years ago. So I would have thought it would be built to last. All the joints are loose but what I fixed was the right … Continue reading

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Sliding dovetail

At tool night this week I had some time after finishing my tenon saw refurb. Dean is making a small model of a classic case for demonstration (I think). I asked him about the sliding dovetails with which he attached … Continue reading

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Resourcefulness

I’ve always thought those little plastic pyramids for holding up things while you finish them looked handy. But I have yet to buy any. So, in a pinch I found a use for the stack of cut-off practice dovetails I … Continue reading

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Dry Run

All the magazine articles, and most woodworking books (every one I can recall) summarize one of the basic, but very key, steps in a project with something like, “glue it up.” But the gluing up step can be the most … Continue reading

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