Cabinet shop in colonial williamsburg

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Blog entry by RKW posted 07-19-2010 07:03 AM 5742 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last month i took my family on vacation. This was a 12 day road trip that started in Texas and ended in gettysburg pa. We made a two day stop in Williamsburg Virginia where we visited the colonial area. The cabinet makers was my favorite part of the trip. This portion of the trip did not at all thrill the kids so i only spent about 30 minutes here. I thought some of you might enjoy the pics.

The craftsmen that work in this shop make all the reproduction furniture for colonial williamsburg using colonial methods. (They even make their own glue) There was some tourist guy standing by me who kept asking questions and my kids were bored so i never got to ask anything.

Wish i had learned more, but like i said, i spent very little time here. I definately recommend visiting this place.

-- RKWoods

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#1 posted 07-19-2010 11:45 AM

I have been there twice and ready to go again, the cabinet shop, the wheelwright shop, the gun shop are my favorite. If you ever get the chance let them show you or explain to you how they cut veneer, it makes you appreciate the work that went into the furniture of that period.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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Charles Maxwell

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#2 posted 07-19-2010 03:55 PM

Great post! There is a chair semi-assembled on the bench in the background that solves a design problem I’ve had for years! Thanks! Fantastic.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#3 posted 07-19-2010 05:30 PM

Im glad i could help Charles. I would love to go back lumberdog, im not sure that willl ever happen. It was a great trip, but it was also 30 hour drive.

-- RKWoods

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#4 posted 07-19-2010 05:57 PM

Thanks for sharing very cool photos. I know Roy Underhill had a key role at colonial williamsburg for a number of years. If I every make it to Virgina first stop will be Charles Neil second stop colonial williamsburg.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 07-21-2010 02:19 PM

Wow, these are great pictures and they certainly do bring back fond memories. My wife and two daughters went there probably 30 years ago and I still remember it. BTW, I’m new here. Thanks for posting these photos.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 07-21-2010 06:41 PM

Awesome !

One of the woodworkers, there (current or past ?)—George Wilson—is a participant on SawMillCreek. I don’t recall seeing him around LJ (we should recruit !).

That’s a place I’d surely love to visit. Thanks for getting me part-way there :-)

-- -- Neil

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 07-21-2010 07:31 PM

COOL experience… thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 07-21-2010 09:50 PM

Thanks for the post it is a very cool shop I have been there a couple of times. Only once when I could appreciate it. At some poitn I will have to drag my wife and daughter and back there. :)
A less busier shop but just as interesting is the cooper. I was able to spend some time talking to him the last time I was there while he made a small barrell.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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