Tuesday, June 28, 2011

SAPFM Mid-Year Conference

The SAPFM Mid-Year Conference was this past weekend at The Connecticut Valley School of Woodoworking (I will be teaching a class there regarding molding plane use at the end of July).

The three high points for me were as follows:
3. The slideshow of members' work. I thought it was truly fantastic and wished it was longer.

2. Yale furniture study/lecture. On Friday much of the group went on a field trip to Yale. It was the first time I had been on campus in 8 years and the first time I went to the furniture study. If you haven't been, and you're interested in period furniture, go. There are 1100 pieces in the basement of a building that are waiting for you to measure, photograph, and copy. It's incredible.

1. I have been to two Lie Nielsen Handtool events (30th Anniversary in a few weeks in ME, see you there) at Phil Lowe's Furniture Institute of Massachusetts. Both times I demonstrated next to the following chair...
I saw it again this weekend. I think it's my favorite piece of furniture. I can not keep my eyes off of it. You just need to see it.

To the point of this blog...

Thursday, June 23, 2011


I am often asked about adding the boxing to a plane. I took a couple of pictures along the way tonight.

(Please excuse the picture quality. I think I left my camera's charger in St. Louis...or Cincinnati...or Philadelphia.)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Rabbets: the good and the bad

One of my local customers, Philip, came over Friday afternoon for a little one on one help with his planes. (Philip is, strangely, the only person from Connecticut that has purchased planes from me.)

We talked about the general layout of profiles and purpose. Philip seemed to have everything down about which I have written. He wanted a cove and ovolo on the edge of some walnut for the base molding of a piece on which he is working.

After drawing the profile on a piece of paper Philip drew 3 of the 4 rabbets correctly. He only missed the small fillet on the outer edge, which could be added at the end once realized.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Not the First Time, Not the Last

Measure twice. Cut once. Drill once. Cut mortises once. Fit wedges once. Flatten beds once. Start escapements once.