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I’ve gotten back working on my version of George Washington’s partner’s desk. (I posted about scratch-stocks used on the legs and other inexpensive shop-made tools I’ve used.) Today, take a look at the setup and process to make George’s faux drawers, which are found on the ends of the original desk. In my version the back sections are also faux – if it were a true partner’s desk it would have functioning drawers on both sides.
I don’t know of many woodworkers who set out to have their glued-up panels warp. Warped panels happen to most of us at one time or another. It is reason to question your procedure and if you did something not quite right. Were your pieces dry? Did you allow the wood to reach equilibrium in your shop before milling? Did the humidity in your shop change between the time you glued your panels to when you got back to working them?
This week I posted a new online course to which all current members have free access. The project is a Chippendale Fretwork Looking Glass. (If you are a current member, and please make sure that you are logged in, click here to jump to the article, which includes information at the bottom on how to download your course.)
If you’re interested in what this online course is all about, plus learn a bit about the project itself, take a look at the course in the 360Woodworking.com store (go here).
I hope when you read the title of this post you did so with a bit of sarcasm. This weekend I was fast-forwarding through commercials while catching up on a show. Flashing past the screen at a 32X rate I noticed a table saw. Whoa! Time to backtrack and play it again. What I discovered was the end of woodworking as we know it.
(If you miss it the first time through, pay attention around the 8 second mark.) There it was.
I learned many year ago that there are going to be problems when finishing. The simple saying that the difference between a woodworker and a great woodworker is that a great woodworker knows how to fix their problems is every bit as true when it comes to finish work. Learning a great finish fix is key to making your project look its best. The more weapons you have in your arsenal, the better your projects will look.
I just posted a new presentation by Ron Herman for members at 360Woodworking.com. Way back in 2017 (sure seems like a long time ago, huh?) Ron did a video on braces and drills. The new release, Bits & Bit Stock dovetails into the 2017 presentation.
While his short video is packed with great hand-tool information, as is always the case, what I found particularly interesting about this video is how in-depth Ron gets as he differentiates between Jennings and Irwin bracing bit patterns – one is faster when excavating a hole, but that increased excavation comes at a price.
I’m not sure about the weather in your part of the world, but where I am and around much of the United States temperatures are cold. It’s been 13 days since I last saw temps above freezing. When I’m not in the shop, I keep the thermostat set around 40° F. It’s not low enough to freeze water, but it does turn my PVA glue somewhat reptile-like. To get the sticky stuff better flowing, I needed to warm things up, but I didn’t need hot glue.
Last year – that seems so long ago – when I posted about the five facts of fretwork mirrors, I received a few emails asking about the different observations. The most asked about was observation #4, grain direction of the cresting.
If you were left wondering about that particular observation, here’s the scoop. There is a better glue connection when matching long-grain to long-grain, and an end-grain to long-grain connection lacks a significant hold.
1. Get into the shop to build more projects.
(This should be at the top, or at least near the top of every woodworker’s list.)
2. Keep tools, especially chisels, sharp.
(As many of you may know, this is my weakness. This, however, is not saying that you need to stop in the middle of your project to sharpen your chisels. Just touch them up – if need be – before putting them back in your drawer or roll.)
1. The design known as a Chippendale Fretwork Mirror is referred to as such because it reached popularity during the days of Chippendale, but these mirrors, however, came to be during the Queen Anne period.
2. During the period fretwork mirrors were called “looking glasses” – the term mirror was used to describe small, hand-held glasses.
3. Fretwork mirror often had the innermost molded edges of the frames gilded.
360Woodworking.com is all about woodworking online. There are online courses, online articles, online techniques and online videos. But it’s going old-school with the latest products dropped into the online store – 14 products in all. To the many woodworkers (members and non-members alike) asking for DVDs of past projects and articles, 360 Woodworking says, “We hear you.”
Many of us enjoy popping a DVD into a player to watch and learn woodworking without having to go online or log in.
Is there a difference in cuts of copying saw blades with higher TPI? You bet. But the best reasons to make the switch may not be for the reason you’re thinking.
I’m beginning a new project that involves using my coping saw. Whenever I use this tool I immediately think back to my days building houses and installing the trim, especially baseboards. Each corner was coped for a better fit. (You cannot get away with simply butting to 45° cuts.)
Back then we worked primarily in pine.
Happy day before Thanksgiving. As you prepare for your holiday celebration with family and friends, take a minute to check out the newest online course offering from 360Woodworking.com, Pembroke Table with Glen Huey. (If you’re a member of our community, you have free access to the project. I’ve sent an email message to each of you describing the project and providing instructions on how to pull the new course into your “Online Courses” tab.)
If you’re not yet a member, you, too, can take a look at the project and course.
In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, Roger Benton, co-owner of Re-Co BKLYN (recobklyn.com), spends more time with us. During the discussion, he talks more about his design ideas and what jazzes him about his work. We also hear a great story about an incident about which many of us could relate.
Join 360 Woodworking every Thursday for a lively discussion on everything from tools to techniques to wood selection (and more). Glen talks with various guests about all things woodworking and some things that are slightly off topic.