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01-04-2015 06:03 AM

Question about Krenov cabinets - 2 replies

Curious as to how Krenov built the backs of his cabinets. I know he doweled the sides. The “inspired by Krenov” cabinets I have seen pictures of have either frame and panel backs or what looks like veneered plywood, but I haven’t seen pictures that reveal how Krenov’s own backs were built.

12-28-2014 01:29 PM

Glueless Joinery and some thoughts on furniture design - 2 replies

[IMG][/IMG] Glueless joinery, from rough lumber, with a few basic hand tools. A hand saw, a backsaw, couple of chisels, two handplanes, sliding bevel, square, pencil. Electric drill for boring out peg holes, but not for the mortises (it’s more precise and almost as fast to chop the whole mortise out...

12-06-2014 03:54 PM

Animal Blood Wood Stain - 11 replies

Well, you learn something new every day. According to the old folks out in the country around here, animal blood used to be used to stain interior pine and spruce in farmhouses. The old Turkey Red color for cloth has calves’ blood and sheep’s dung as well as sumac and so on, so I would guess that there must have been some process and...

11-29-2014 12:06 AM

Anyone using the "polissoir"? - 10 replies

How can anyone resist making a tool that rhymes with “pissoir”? So I made one, tried it a bit on some pine. It’s definitely different than just rubbing on wax, I think it actually forces the wax into the wood. Anyone using one? What do think of it, any tips?

11-28-2014 11:58 PM

Working elm with hand tools - 11 replies

For some reason I’ve got this hankering to make something of elm, something I’ve never done. I know it’s famous for moving a lot, that doesn’t bother me, looking forward to that challenge actually. I’m working hand tools only- anyone here worked elm with hand tools? thanks

11-08-2014 07:12 PM

Plastic Chisel Handles - 15 replies

Yeah I love plastic handles on chisels, specifically that translucent cellulose acetate like the old yellow Stanley chisels. There were blue handled chisels like that too (translucent CA). The first chisel I ever used was like that- maybe a rebranded Stanley 61, in blue, for Craftsman or something, don’t know. Cellulose acetate feels good,...

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