The Woodwright’s Workbook: Further Explorations in by Roy Underhill

By Roy Underhill

Roy Underhill is America's best-known grasp of conventional woodcraft. writer of the preferred PBS sequence The Woodwright's Shop, Roy has encouraged millions--from specialist craftsman to armchair woodworker--with his expertise, wisdom, and exuberance.

Roy returns right here together with his 3rd booklet. The Woodwright's Workbook positive aspects step by step directions for a range of tasks from his tv sequence. All tasks are illustrated with photos and measured drawings. incorporated listed below are plans for instrument chests, workbenches, lathes, and old reproductions of things for the house: a six-board chest, rustic chairs with cattail seats, a churn for the kitchen, and the Rittenhouse hygrometer. Roy additionally explores development barns, forges, boats, or even colonial fortresses.

A superb function of this ebook is Roy's personal translation of the funny fifteenth-century poem The Debate of the Carpenter's Tools. He additionally presents a desirable and important 'field consultant' to American instrument marks that indicates the right way to determine the explicit software utilized by the marks it left. no matter if Roy is an outdated good friend or a brand new acquaintance, allow him be your advisor to the realm of conventional woodworking.

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P O S I T I O N I N G T H E CUTTER You must position the cutter exactly right in the screwbox. Separate the two blocks of the screwbox. Using a square, scratch a line on the joining face of the thicker piece that is perpendicular to the long side of the block and passes through the precise center of the threaded hole. Set the cutter on the block so that it is perpendicular to this line with the point of the V protruding very slightly into the hole beyond the peaks of the threads. The V cutter must be inset into the wood at this point so that its cutting edge begins the spiral of the internal thread.

This coating gives the screw clearance and keeps the heat of the casting from scorching it. When the coating is dry, position the screw in the nut and mold clay around it to prevent the molten metal from leaking out. Now, pour in the casting material, which is composed of two parts lead with one part anti- mony. When the metal is cold, remove the screw and die nut is done. The iron catches (figs. 2 and 3) which hold the work are about 3A inch square and about an inch longer than the thickness of the bench.

The double screw front vise was used on both of the large benches owned by the eighteenth-century cabinetmaking family, the Dominys of Long Island. These beautifully simple benches and some of the furniture produced on them may be seen today at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware. Two other types of front screw vises are the parallel bar type shown in Peter Nicholson's 1812 Mechanic's Companion (a remake of Moxon's Mechanick Exercises) and the vertical jaw vise illustrated by Roubo (and used on my own bench).

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