The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking by James Krenov

By James Krenov

With continuous subject matters of perfection of strategy and construction to the boundaries of ones ability, this authoritative source presents in-depth guideline for studying the craft of cabinetmaking. A bevy of issues, together with the right kind method to sharpen and hone instruments, hole grinding method, and acquiring right grinding angles, are distinctive during this finished cabinet-making sourcebook. classes dedicated to utilizing and figuring out a variety of woods, together with universal or unique items, studying find out how to learn grain, and the professionals and cons in operating with air-dried wooden as opposed to kiln-dried wooden, will train any point of woodworker. Chapters dedicated to resawing in addition to difficulties and matters as a result of moisture content material and wooden stream also are integrated.

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If you try to machine the patterned surface flat, you lose the color-a quarter of an inch, perhaps only an eighth of an inch and it is gone. Don't machine that surface! Hand-plane it, following the warp; if possible, make careful saw-cuts on each side of the color (so as not to spoil its pattern) right through the plank. Then re-saw to a thickness which is suitable for, let us say, a single door containing that rare pat42 tern. An odd, fascinating door, a bit twisted yes-but so nice! The beginning of an unexpected cabinet.

Normally, after two or three weeks the wood should be calm enough for you to be able to proceed with your work. " Which means the wood is for your purposes dry when you re-saw it. " someone will say. " Yes, I am asking you to fuss with wood. To form what some regard as fussy habits. As to going beyond reason-that is something each of you will determine when the time is right. Newly re-sawn wood should be stacked with even access of air. Left on bench it will warp. When turned over in attempt to correct such warp-it may return only part way, since it is already drier than when first resawn.

I cannot articulate it: its just that for me something is missing. Maybe if the wood had been not quite so dry, and had warped a trifle. Ah, but then it might have cracked. What if my friend had been more relaxed when he carved those shapes, so that his intuition could play its part in the work? 34 Even if you are the kind of craftsman who does rather modest work, who is not brilliant in ideas and techniques, but who works patiently and well, you will use various subtleties of wood. Perhaps you'll use them best, most intuitively, just because you are that patient and cautious type of craftsman.

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