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 walnut, which isn't real easy. I've also been...
Chairmaking Tools and Supplies
Rewards of Repetition
by Seth Elliott | Jun 11, 2020 | Chairmaking Tools and Supplies | 3 Comments
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 woodworking had earlier inklings. After college...
by Elia Bizzarri | May 3, 2020 | Chairmaking Tools and Supplies | 0 Comments
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 making chess pieces in Hungry in...
The Lore of the Spoon Bit
by Elia Bizzarri | Apr 15, 2020 | Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Spoon Bits | 7 Comments
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 the point. Lets look at some photos...
Steamboxes: Part 1
by Elia Bizzarri | Mar 21, 2020 | Steam Box | 2 Comments
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 legs, shaker boxes and hay forks...
The Giant Maple
by Elia Bizzarri | Mar 1, 2020 | Chairmaking Tools and Supplies | 4 Comments
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: Last week, I was at the lathe turning...
Testing Wood Owl bits/class opening
by Elia Bizzarri | Jul 2, 2018 | Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Classes, How-To | 4 Comments
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 such thing as a perfect bit. Designing a drill bit is a...
Review of Chairmaking Drill Bits
by Elia Bizzarri | May 9, 2018 | Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, How-To | 6 Comments
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 am comparing well tuned examples of...
Chair Stories: Tall Tales
by Elia Bizzarri | Mar 28, 2018 | Chair Stories, Chairmaking Tools and Supplies | 1 Comment
Teresa bought a Comb Back Rocker, a chair I built with my friend Don a couple years ago. Here’s a story about her chair: I put the finishing touches on the Comb Back Rocker, and set down my brush. “Brush; Comb...” my mind set off, as my father’s does, on a caper of...
American Seat Woods
by Elia Bizzarri | Jan 10, 2018 | Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, How-To | 5 Comments
Nearly any wood will work for a Windsor chair seat. It depends on how much work you are willing to do and how heavy a chair you want to move every time you finish dinner. I refuse to use anything but the highest quality and most easily worked materials available. In...
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