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Reamer Giveaway

The last few months have been a time of innovation for me.  I’ve been working on a new tool to produce – a handled scraper for cleaning up chair seats.  Right now I’m trying to bend the handles out of

Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies

Rewards of Repetition

Elia recently invited me to contribute to his blog. By way of introduction, I’ve been working with Elia since 2017—primarily as resident toolmaker. Prior to that I had a career as a baker and pastry chef, but my shift to

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British Pathe

For your entertainment and edification, here are some more British Pathe woodworking videos. If you watch one, watch the tennis rackets – it’s a pretty neat look at a mechanized shop that was still using a froe and drawknife. Turners

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The Lore of the Spoon Bit

How do you get a spoon bit to keep from wandering?  What’s the best way to prevent tear-out with a spoon bit? We are all victims of a post-industrial mindset and we all ask these questions.  But these questions miss

Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Spoon Bits

Steamboxes: Part 1

Do you really need a steam box? Boiling parts in water serves the same purpose as steaming and requires a simpler set-up with fewer heat-loss issues. ‘Chairmaking in High Wycombe’ references boiling of chair bows and I have bent table

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The Giant Maple

I visited with Curtis Buchanan last week, building Velda’s chairs and going over his new plans for the Velda’s chair.  On the way to his TN home, I dropped off Tomi’s Birdcage Side Chair.  Here’s a story about her chair:

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Testing Wood Owl bits/class opening

I recently posted about drill bit varieties for chairmaking and got a number of comments about Wood Owl bits. I had never used them, but someone kindly sent me a couple to try. Here’s what I found: There is no

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

Review of Chairmaking Drill Bits

The following are my thoughts on drill bits for Windsor chairmaking. Bear in mind that I have used some of these bits (augers, bradpoints, etc.) daily for 15 years and other bits I have used infrequently.  In these reviews, I

Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, How-To

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