Free Tool, Free Forum, Upcoming Classes

by | Feb 14, 2016 | 0 comments


Several years ago a student sent me a .PDF file of a template for accurately setting a Sliding T-Bevel to any angle between 0-55 degrees. It was made by Wisconsin chair-maker Steven First, who has generously allowed me to post it on my links page.

Similar commercial versions are available, but this one works just as well and it’s free. Just print it out and glue it to a piece of plywood or sheet metal (a coat of varnish would help protect the paper). Works much better than a protractor.  Requires a PDF viewer to print.


For several years I have dreamed of hosting a free forum for chairmakers on my website, a place for people to meet each other, ask questions, share photos and help each other.  In October it became a reality!

There’s all sorts of cool features:  Places to share photos of your chairs, a classifieds section, a private messaging service, and lots more. Anne Thibeau, owner of the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company, has been answering questions in the Finishing Forum.

Check it out: Forum   (or on the upper menu of my website, go to For Chairmakers>Forum).


I have several classes coming up that still have spots available:

  • Continuous Arm Rocker at Warren-Wilson College in Asheville, NC from March 14th to 20th, 2016.  I have taught here once before and they go all out to make the class go smoothly.
  • Continuous Arm Rocker at The Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, NC from April 25th to May 1st, 2016. It’s always a treat to teach at Roy’s school – two days on the shaving horses at his home followed by five days at the school in town.
  • Fan Back Side Chair at my shop in Hillsborough, NC from May 23rd to 27th, 2016.  This is a 4-person class.



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