Blog 2017-08-29T14:18:24+00:00


In the course of working in the shop, I end up doing a lot of things that I think might be interesting to other woodworkers, so I’ll take a few pics and write something up. Sometimes it’s general ramblings and rants and sometimes much more specific, but my main goal is to try to do something educational in each blog. Hope you like it!

  • Marking Gauges

A Broccoli Car

January 11th, 2018|

Do you have a special car that you bought that you only use to go out and buy broccoli? Do you have a special refrigerator at home only for the purpose of cooling the broccoli? Of course you don’t. That’s because any old car can [...]

  • wooden planes

There’s Something About Fill in The Blank

November 20th, 2017|

There’s something about wooden planes. There’s something about a really nice piece of clear pine. There’s something about riving out a beautiful piece of red oak. There’s something about turning a blank of year old air dried white birch. There’s something about a real plastered [...]

  • assorted scrapers for cabinetmaking

The Mighty Scraper

October 13th, 2017|

The basic scraper is a piece of metal, sharpened on the edges and held in the hand or in some sort of stock that creates a fence. That’s it. At its worst, the scraper is a hard to sharpen, hard to hold hand numbing [...]

  • How to Measure with Carving Tools 10

How to Measure with Carving Tools

September 15th, 2017|

There can be a lot of drawing involved in the carving process, as some guidelines are needed to set you off on the right track. When copying old work or designing new, the most efficient designs to carve will be ones where the shapes of [...]

  • Queen Anne Side Chairs for Dollhouse

Make Me a Little Furniture

August 20th, 2017|

I have never had the least interest in making tiny furniture. For the same amount of work I could make a big one of whatever Barbie sized piece it was. It snuck up on me. My best customer had given me an 18th century English [...]

  • Rococo Mirror Ruffle

Unraveling Rococo

August 14th, 2017|

The most familiar bunch of furniture that decorative arts people would know as "Chippendale" actually falls under the Rococo style. Chippendale, as well as his contemporaries Mathias Locke, Thomas Johnson and others, appropriated the frilly, organic forms that had been developed in France under the [...]

  • Newport Highboy

Merging Moldings

August 3rd, 2017|

This is one of those instances where you may not hear me say "Don't worry, we'll just get another piece of wood and fix it." Some operations are just high-risk, and this is one. Many Rhode Island chests have a curved pediment molding that merges [...]

  • Ball and Claw carving step seven

How to Think About Carving

July 28th, 2017|

Being able to rewind the clock and figure out what the first moves a carver made on any given project is tricky to do. The inclination of novices is to draw in the final cuts right away, when that is really the last 5%. The [...]

  • Frame Element - Step 5 of the Carving Process

General to Specific – The Carving Process

July 20th, 2017|

Most of the work in a carving is getting to the point where you can put in those last cuts that really make or break the appearance of the job. Before then, the work is in making decisions about sizes, shapes, locations, and which tool [...]

  • Dwarf Clock Case

A Short Tall Clock

June 10th, 2017|

Dwarf clock is the antiques biz name for a small version of a tall clock or grandfather clock. A good old one from the early 19th century can set you back a hundred thousand or so, so I’ve made a few for collectors who can’t [...]