Design

https://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/yfavnkujcx?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 Furniture Styles Through History Most of us start with someone else's plans for a piece of furniture. Making the leap away from plans to an original woodworking design of your own is a big…

Prototyping To Identify Resultant Angles The rake and splay of the legs on a Windsor chair can dramatically change the look of the entire chair with just a little bit of tweaking. This prototyping method…

A Parts List is More than Just Sizes Creating a parts list in the "biz" is what's called "a take off". This can be as simple as building a list of parts and their sizes.…

3D Modeling Makes Trying Multiple Options Easy Armed with some basic proportions and some design ideas to augment the functional demands I head to SketchUp (or your modeling program of choice) to hammer out the…

SketchUp Designs Show Us Things Pencil and Paper Won't I started off this Office Hours talking a bit about frame saws and how the hang angle is treated differently than you typical English pattern saw.…

Start With Pad and Pencil and Sketch List the functional demands, and make sure the client demands are included as well. This chest is something I've wanted to build since the moment my wife bought…

Function Defines Form Functional design is actually a redundant term because design by its very definition should express a purpose. It should be functional in other words. If you are stuck with where to begin…

Internal Elements Make Sure Your Case Will Be Durable There is a lot of mystery to the new woodworker about what goes on inside a case piece. What do the drawers run on? How are…

  Work Holding for Plowing Grooves Work holding for plowing grooves can get complicated especially when the work piece is very narrow. This is because we want to align the edge of the work piece…

  Building by Hand Isn't About Measurements, But Consistency To the new woodworker or even the power tool focused woodworker, my build process may seem like I'm winging it. How can anyone build with any…

  Give It a Twist to Straighten Out the Grain Rift sawn lumber has the growth rings oriented between 30 and 60 degrees to the face. This results in beautiful straight grain on all 4…

  Plan, Plan, Plan, Plan....Plan, then Plan, then Go to the Lumberyard Unless you visit your local lumberyard every single day and have an intimate knowledge of their inventory it can be very hard to…

  Define the Multiplier and All Will Be Revealed You will be asked to build something from an image. If it hasn't happened already, then I bet it will within a week or two once…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/ilv636a2zd?embedType=iframe&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 Increase Accuracy and Leave a Project Legacy I've been making story sticks for my projects for years. You will see about half of my collection in this video (that clump of stuff on the…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/elhu0plihz?embedType=async&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 Your Design Sense is Better Than You Think Just pick up a pencil and draw. That may be the one step that can reap more benefit to your designs and your design "sense" than…

  Breaking Down the Complex into Basic Steps Losing focus on a project is something we all deal with. Usually it is because we just don't have a clear idea of what we should be…

  This week I'm thinking about excuses that we make to put off the project we are dreaming of. "If only I had that Bad Axe hypo-spray or the Lie Nielsen Snozzwangle" Or "Once I…

  First let me apologize for some of the audio in this video. I was unprepared and didn't bring my good mics. So what you get is built in iPhone audio :( and a little…

  I was roaming around the lumber yard and got to thinking about the woods I use most in my projects and which woods speak to specific styles. We have so many species options these…

This month I begin a new project that I'll be building solely during live sessions over the next few months. The intent is to illustrate some principles of cabinetmaking but also to provide a nice…

The people voted and overwhelmingly decided on the the version of this pedestal table from the Hancock Shaker Village in New Lebanon, NY. In this part I use a photograph to derive dimensions and create…

 In this first part of our treadle lathe (or flywheel lathe or continuous motion lathe) build, I'm going to share some of the many designs that I have been mulling over for several years and…

A Tale of Two Lathes I was a little doubtful about a pole lathe being that effective when compared to a flywheel lathe, but I thought I should build one so I could speak from…

This will be a great project. The form is very simple yet the construction can be deceptively difficult. Compound mortise and tenon joinery creates splayed legs. Drop leaf wings joined with a rule joint add…