Edge Moulding – With the last of the dovetails cut, I loose fit the desk together and devote some time to edge moulding. It appears that the original desk on frame has a separate edge moulding running the perimeter of the top and lid. Therefore, I decided not to have breadboard edges on the top/lid like on the kneeling platform. I will be using alder for this moulding and hope to fashion something akin to this. The moulding is a two-part construction, joined ...
The Kneeling Platform – The kneeling platform was proving to be something of a challenge. Thus far, I have simply copied the look of the original desk on frame. In adding the kneeling platform, I did not want to stray too far from the William & Mary style. After a great deal of thought, I finally decided on the following. The perimeter of the platform will have the same 3/4 inch half-round as the transition between the frame and desk. I decided to have the platform more narrow tha...
All the Single Pieces - Wuh uh oh uh uh oh … ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ All the single pieces … ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ... all the single pieces … ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ... now that I’m done channeling my inner Beyonce, perhaps it’s time to get back to sticking the frame members and start some assembly! After considerable thought as to the design of the kneeling platform, I have completely changed the sticking profile on the frame members. I have decided on 1/16 x 7/16 inch rebates in from the corners, wi...
Slight Detour – I decided to take a slight detour from sticking the frame members, as I’m still trying to work out the details of the kneeling platform. So, as the frame sits in the sun for a bit … ... I get started on the transition pieces between the frame and desk. I have decided not to put a full top on the frame, but instead to fashion a picture frame of sorts to secure the desk … something kind of like this … I start off by ripping some 2-1/...
Hollows and Rounds – I have not had much shop time over the last couple of weeks. Actually I have had no shop time … I’ve been down with the flu! I traveled to Maryland two weeks ago and must have pick up the bug at the airport. I’m thankful I got a flu shot at the end of last year … no telling where I’d be had I not. But at any rate … I’m now back amongst the living! As I mentioned earlier, the horizontal frame members of Lynnsay’s Prie ...
If you’re interested in wooden molding planes you might enjoy this video that I just published. I had ordered a mini panel raising and 1/8” beading plane from Philly Planes (Phil Edwards makes his planes in England) about eight months ago, and just received them. I unbox and assemble them and make some test moldings. I then take them apart and inspect and comment on their quality. If you have the bandwidth, I uploaded them in 1080 HD quality for best viewing of the results.
By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at WoodAndShop.com) In my above video I show the woodworking “hand tool storage board” & shelf that I just designed and built to store & display some of my most used hand tools, including my chisels, marking gauges, back saws, try squares, dividers, and molding planes. In addition to using scrap to build this simple storage board (which hangs on wall studs) I built a shelf for my molding planes using simple 2×10 pine boards. The mo...
By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at WoodAndShop.com) In my above video I show how I clean and oil my antique molding planes. Of course, this method can apply to any wooden hand planes. My friend was kind enough to give me about 65 antique molding planes (thanks Bill!). Instead of spending a ton of time refurbishing them all right now, I thought I’d simply clean and oil them, and refurbish a plane when needed. I like to use boiled linseed oil (if you can’t find it at a local ha...
By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at WoodAndShop.com) This is part 2 of George Lott’s traditional workshop. In part 1 I returned to the Frontier Culture Museum in historical Staunton, Virginia, to visit the men who are responsible for much of the reproduction furniture there: George Lott, Ken Knorr, and David Puckett. In this second video you’ll see George Lott’s amazing collection of antique tool chests, hand planes, hand saws, and workbenches. George gave me a tour of several of his...
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