the week in pictures

Just photos, and some captions.

mortising a joined stool frame


I bore the peg holes to mark it “done”


shaving rungs for JA ladderback


Mortised these posts, then shaved with a spokeshave to finish them


joinery tested for the 2nd joined stool frame


some spoon carving at the end of a day


new old shop stool by JA; pre-1978


unrelated – two scrolled & molded table rails and two bed posts


stile for joined table; 2 3/4″ square


turning one of the stiles

Thinking about self-taught turning – “Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.”

turning detail


Jones River this morning


Nice to see the sun today

6 thoughts on “the week in pictures

    • David – First, I think it’s pictured in the book. It is shaved, but not on a shaving horse. Between two points like on a lathe. JA had a few experimental horses in the early years fitted with pipe clamps with wooden uprights attached. into the uprights were points to pin a workpiece end-to-end. Then you can shave the whole length. This stool was shaved that way. Also, shouldered tenons. very early. Gave up on the shoulders pretty soon after the book came out.

  1. Regarding the Franklin quote, “Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.” I can only assume that in old Benjamin’s eyes, I’m a fool! Although I have read about, and seen many approaches to woodworking, I tend to throw them all in a basket, shake them up, and develop my own. I think experience is the best of teachers. Experience, it is said, makes fools wise.

  2. I’m in the midst of putting together a table base which has 2 rails on each of three sides.

    I tend to do things in common bunches meaning, for example, that I will cut all the tenons of both ends of all the rails together. The work goes much faster that way.

    But the downside is that I found that it’s really easy to get confused as to which tenon goes into which mortice.

    I need to work out a marking scheme. I’m reminded of this by your picture showing:

    “I bore the peg holes to mark it “done” “

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