Editor's note: This is a guest blog post from Charles Murray, an experienced period furniture maker based in central Ohio and instructor at the Artisans Guild.
This is the first of a four part series building a hanging wall shelf in tiger maple. The shelves are attached to the sides without fasteners using long sliding dovetails and hide glue. It's based on 18th century examples but likely has predecessors in the 17th century.
Editor's note: This is a guest blog post from Charles Murray, an experienced period furniture maker based in central Ohio and instructor at the Artisans Guild. Charles's apprentice, Nate, volunteered to photograph and share the results of his practice session.
The foundation of quality woodworking is practice; that, along with sharp tools. In cutting dovetails, sawing straight and to the line is paramount to getting a tight fitting joint. Make sure your saw is properly sharpened and the saw plate is straight before you start. All of your tools must be sharp - dull tools cause the majority of problems for anyone cutting dovetails.
Editor’s note: This is a guest blog post from Chris Killinger, owner of Killinger Woodsmen Gear and Tool, and new instructor at the Artisans Guild.
When shopping for a vintage axe the choices can be overwhelming. You will encounter many to choose from but not all are worth saving. Some are real treasures! I always say "It’s all about the Hunt", and it really is. Nothing is more exciting than finding a rare axe hiding in the corner of an antique mall. Until then, we can be content saving the more common ones. Here are a few things to look out for when shopping to ensure you get the best bang for the buck.
Using a single hand plane, you can take rough sawn lumber from the lumber yard and make it ready for furniture. Leave your car parked in the garage, your ear protectors hung on the hook, and the electrons in the wall. You could even do this in an apartment and Mrs. Robodello, the neighbor below you, wouldn’t even know.