Archive for November, 2015

NBSS Week 11 – A field trip to Haverhill, shaker nightstand part 3, the spring joint, toolbox dovetails, and NBSS career day and open house

This week began with a field trip to the Historic New England’s furniture storage facility in Haverhill, Ma. The warehouse is where they store furniture and other historical items like art, jewelry, clothing, etc. currently not on display or in need of repair. We visited with the artifact conservationists and discussed the difference between conservation and […]

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NBSS Week 10 – Shaker night stand part 2, beginning the NBSS toolbox, half-blind dovetails, a visit from Peter Follansbee, and some carving practice

We began this week learning how to cut the shaker night stand aprons to length, width, and final thickness. This involved learning how to rip on the table saw. “Ripping” is any cut where you are sawing the board along its grain. On the table saw this cut must be performed with at least one […]

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NBSS Week 9 – Milling lumber and building the Shaker nightstand, part 1

We started this week with a lecture on how to lay out our Shaker night stand cut list in preparation for sawing and milling the various components out of our rough lumber. We learned how to achieve the best yield as well as the best grain and color match with smart placement around any unusable […]

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NBSS Week 8 – Making an oilstone box, drafting our shaker nightstand, some more chair design, and our first trip to a lumber yard

This week began with another exercise to help continue to build our hand tool skills: making an oilstone box.

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NBSS Week 7 – Turning a mallet, hand cutting a mortise and tenon, more chair design, a visit to a furniture auction, and a slight change in the blog

With the start of this week I’m going to slightly revise my initial plan for the blog and the information I relate here. Up to this point the blog has served as a general summary of each week and the projects and content of our classes and lectures. It’s been a good way to review […]

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