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  1. CStanford

    So this Dovetailing business?...

    Well said. I've yet to see an in the style of piece that even came close. On a related note, I think one could probably count on the fingers of one hand the makers who were able to really integrate exposed joinery as crucial to the design and not simply a statement that the piece was well made...
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    So this Dovetailing business?...

    Certainly a necessary evil. All the more reason not to have them gratuitously showing everywhere one looks. It's all gotten a little old, just like the contrasting wood craze. Both, though, apparently have at least nine lives.
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    So this Dovetailing business?...

    Dovetailing has definitely become a top-ten hobby. If people were given a choice between being able to create truly inspired designs OR being able to cut flawless dovetails I think 65%+ would choose the latter. I tend to run hot, cold, and in-between on James Krenov's work depending on my...
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    So this Dovetailing business?...

    I don't think customers at the time bought furniture based on how drawer dovetails looked. The ones in the video were certainly neat enough to do their job. One hoped that one's house guests didn't go around opening the drawers of furniture to see what the dovetails looked like. If a piece...
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    So this Dovetailing business?...

    This piece realized $1.9 million at auction. Interesting details on some of the more or less hidden areas of the piece: https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-4226102 Christie's also handled the auction of a Goddard secretary which fetched a little over $12 million at auction. I believe it was...
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    So this Dovetailing business?...

    Just speaking to the overall layout, not the fine pins which are no more difficult to cut than others. That said, nice job.
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    So this Dovetailing business?...

    Skip to around the 8:00 minute mark to see the dovetails on the drawer of a John Towsend desk:
  8. CStanford

    Nicholson's Short Bit on Hand Planing

    Most egregious are hall tables in tiger maple that could have been done from a single, wide board. Same problem occurs in flame birch. There are some guys who can build like crazy, but are just complete aesthetic boobs.
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    Nicholson's Short Bit on Hand Planing

    David, I'm fresh off seeing some cringeworthy tabletops (not mine) made from tiger maple. The wood is beautiful, but it's just almost impossible to get any kind of a decent match. It's jarring, and a waste. That wood would have been much better of on a guitar or something smaller where one...
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    Nicholson's Short Bit on Hand Planing

    The geometry of it all completely fascinates me. I could go deep into that rabbit hole if I let myself.
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    Nicholson's Short Bit on Hand Planing

    Certainly a nice job David with a species on which a grain mismatch would have looked awful. All of these concepts would have ported well to the period where most everything in English and continental furniture was veneered and different sorts of matches were used to achieve effects. Then, the...
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    Nicholson's Short Bit on Hand Planing

    I was being somewhat facetious of course. It's clear that the surface was just scratched in a lot of areas. Maybe to the extent what we've read confirms our own experience, an "a-ha" moment follows but there's always a general danger and a logical fallacy awaiting in that. There could be two...
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    Nicholson's Short Bit on Hand Planing

    Well David, that's what makes it so tantalizing! What did they leave out? What might we be missing in planing and all the rest? Did they happily jut their jaw into the wind and say "the guilds be damned, I'm putting it all down." Did guilds get to read advance copies? Have editorial input...
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    Nicholson's Short Bit on Hand Planing

    Good point. One can't help but wonder how these books were received during the era of the strict guild system. Presumably they were perceived as not much of a threat, which if true says a lot about what's not in them and also their overall breezy nature. Were Nicholson, Moxon, et al. burned...
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    How to pare tenons plumb and square

    If your stock is properly four-squared then set your mortise gauge so that the tenon will fit the mortise with all six lines (there are six arrises on a regular tenon) from the gauge still barely showing on the tenon after you've sawn it out. If you've used the gauge properly, then you know the...
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