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Octagonal Legs

A couple months ago I filmed an Octagonal Side Table DVD and a Milk Painting DVD with Popular Woodworking. They should be out sometime this summer. Here’s a photo of the table:   To film a DVD you need lots

Posted in Classes, How-To

Making Shellac

This video was made by the fellow I buy my shellac flakes from.  Who knew it took so much effort by insect and man to make a pound of shellac?  Or that different trees make different kinds of shellac?  Now

Posted in Craft Films, Finishing

Curtis Carving Spoons/Settee Class

Curtis Buchanan and I spent some time carving spoons last January.  I photographed his process, which he describes as “the way a chairmaker with bad elbows carves a spoon.”  Or something like that. He carves the bowl first.  This is

Posted in Classes, How-To

Kiln Construction

We have talked about kiln temperatures and kiln heaters, now onto kiln construction. Size The primary use of a chairmaking kiln is to super-dry tenons. It’s nice to be able to set bends in a kiln too. This requires the

Posted in How-To, Kiln

Dowel Plates/New Class

Over a decade ago, a customer told me he used a dowel plate to cut the tenons on his spindles.  “That won’t work,” I replied, having never tried it myself.  Last fall, I switched to using dowel plates to cut

Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Classes, Craft Films, How-To

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