Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New England SAPFM Meeting

Come share a day with people that share your interests in woodworking...because I doubt your wife does.

I will be set up at SAPFM's New England Chapter meeting this Saturday, 2/26. I will have a table full of planes to see, hold and try. The website states that preregistration is needed to "ensure admittance." You might still be able to sign up, I don't know but I think you should try...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dunlap Tall Case Clock, Hollows, Rounds and a Trick for Crown Molding

This is going to be a good one, I promise...

Most of the time when using molding planes on square stock you want the grain leaning in this direction. (Starting at the top right and finishing on the bottom left.)
This allows the planes to travel with the grain on both planes when planing at an angle.

When I work a larger crown I change my ideal grain to the following. (Again, traveling from the top right to bottom left.)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Nathan Liverant & Son Antiques

I find myself in antique stores quite often. My wife and I usually go to poke around. Every now and then we'll find a place that has a piece or two in which I'm interested. These pieces are always vintage reproductions, but still neat. Nineteen out of twenty times I'm disappointed. I usually end up poking around the toys with my kids or the tools while I fend them off.

A month or two ago we went to an establishment that looked promising from the outside, Nathan Liverant & Son Antiques. They were closed but I was able to peek in the window. I saw a silhouette of a windsor high chair and 'promising from the outside' turned into 'potentially perfect.' I knew that I'd return. I knew I'd be happy. I knew that the kids would need a baby sitter.

This weekend we did return without the kids. It took us about twenty minutes to get out of the entry foyer of this 1835 Baptist meeting house-turned-early-Americana gem and onto the main floor. There was so much that caught my eye. Every step displayed something that was perfectly in line with my interests on the floor, on the surface and on the wall.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Queen Anne Side Chair: Shoe

I finished a pair of queen anne side chairs a few years ago. This project is a perfect example of the versatility allowed by hollows and rounds: Two chairs, two shoes, 16" of finished molding, one molding profile I will probably never make again, an hour to completion, no new tools.

Plow plane (or Table saw) followed by rabbet (or table saw)

Rabbet followed by Rabbet. Why the chamfer

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

John Townsend Table Edge, Support Molding, Hollows & Rounds

I have been speaking to a customer that is in the process of producing John Townsend's famous chest.

He has asked for direction and tooling in regards to the table's edge and support molding. He sent drawings of the two profiles. (Apparently he is building one along side a friend. The drawings were executed by his friend and have bearing locations illustrated for a shaper cutter. I wonder who will be done with the molding first--me or the friend?)

Table's edge
Rabbet Plane

The Radius listed was 17/32". I got it close with a #8 (8/16 or 16/32") and then free handed a couple passes until I was near the profile I drew on both ends. Any slight facets can be scraped out.


The radius listed was 5/32". I got it close with a #4 (4/16 or 8/32). Again, facets will need to be scraped here. (we're talked 3 minutes with a scraper.)

Support Molding