A collection of articles on furniture making and casework

  • Classroom - Allan Breed School of Woodworking

What’s in a Class?

2018-06-13T11:31:04+00:00June 8th, 2018|Cabinetmaking, Carving|

“I think I’m going to have to drop out of the class. This is way over my head”. This is what two students in a carving class once told me after seeing what the project was for the week. Admittedly, I had vaguely titled [...]

How to Measure a Ball and Claw Foot

2018-06-13T11:32:55+00:00May 14th, 2018|Cabinetmaking, Carving|

When I'm carving a ball and claw foot, I use a gauge that includes all the info needed to carve the foot. The information is transferred to the gauge from an original or from a prototype that I’m satisfied with. Most feet I carve [...]

  • Custom Built Woodworking Plane

Make Your Own Woodworking Tools

2018-03-26T07:14:17+00:00March 26th, 2018|Cabinetmaking|

As a woodworker there are a few times when you need something unusual or just in a hurry, and these are the times you need to just make tools for yourself. Here are some examples of tools I’ve made on the fly. This plane [...]

  • Six Legged Highboy - Legs

Six Legged Highboy – Part One

2018-02-25T15:31:58+00:00February 25th, 2018|Cabinetmaking|

My wife has wanted a 6 legged William and Mary highboy forever. I am finally chipping away at it bit by bit. The process is interesting, so here is what I have so far.I started out by turning the six legs from some beautiful air [...]

  • Marking Gauges

A Broccoli Car

2018-01-11T14:57:28+00:00January 11th, 2018|Cabinetmaking, Carving|

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

2017-11-20T12:53:44+00:00November 20th, 2017|Cabinetmaking, Carving|

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

2017-10-13T15:09:04+00:00October 13th, 2017|Cabinetmaking|

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 [...]

  • Queen Anne Side Chairs for Dollhouse

Make Me a Little Furniture

2017-08-27T12:31:29+00:00August 20th, 2017|Cabinetmaking|

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 [...]

  • Newport Highboy

Merging Moldings

2017-08-27T12:31:56+00:00August 3rd, 2017|Cabinetmaking|

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 [...]

  • Dwarf Clock Case

A Short Tall Clock

2017-08-30T09:09:54+00:00June 10th, 2017|Cabinetmaking|

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 [...]