Collins Good Wood Joints by Albert Jackson

By Albert Jackson

What's a cabinet-maker, if no longer a talented maker of joints? the color of the wooden, or even a near-perfect floor end, could be the preliminary issues that draw our realization to a section of labor, however it isn’t very lengthy earlier than we slide open a drawer or start peering within a cabinet to work out and suppose the standard of the joints. this can be not often remarkable, simply because many of us examine joint-making to be the real degree of a craftsman, no longer least simply because slicing finejoints calls for in-depth knowledgeof one’s fabrics and a level ofproficiency with a large choice ofhandtools or machines. In addition,there is the alternative of joint, which unearths anything a couple of woodworker’s point of expertise. A joint needs to, to start with, be sensible toprovide enough energy, yet itshould even be in accordance with the general form of the piece for which it truly is meant briefly, it has to be the proper joint for the task.

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And the cut of wood affects its movement, too. Changing from plainsawn to quartersawn beech will reduce the movement to 1⁄8 in. -wide board. Quartersawn wood is also more predictable than plainsawn, or flatsawn, wood, which moves unequally over its width because of its irregular grain, promoting warp. One of the lessons here is to use the 42 Designing Furniture more stable quartersawn wood for wide, unsupported panels, such as tabletops that aren’t held to a rigid frame underneath. (For more in-depth information on specific wood species and their characteristics, see Understanding Wood, R.

An astounding variety of wood glues is available. Glues range from traditional hide glue to modern synthetics that bond instantly. When you need a higher degree of accuracy, such as when marking out dovetails, the fine line left by a marking knife is best. To keep track of parts in a project, you’ll need some system of marking. I use a triangle and a straight line. You can make up 38 Working Wood [ TI P ] Many glues have a shelf life of 1 year; some less. Look for a manufacture date on the glue you buy; if there isn’t one, write the date you bought the glue on the bottle.

12 in. 3/4-in. lumbercore plywood Glue and screw bracket to backboard. Woodworking Machines and Tools 21 SECTION 3 Working Wood vital aspect of making quality furniture is having an intimate relationship with your material. What material to use, how and where to purchase it, and how it will behave from birth as rough stock to the ripe age of a 100-year-old piece of furniture are important pieces of information that will improve your woodworking, even before you pick up a chisel. And knowing your material will help you work wood safely, probably the most important skill in the craft.

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