Monthly Archives: March 2011

An 18th Century German Treatise on the Chairmaker’s Trade

In 1700 almost all of the white inhabitants of British colonial America were English or descended from English immigrants. The total white and black population was only about 250,000.  By 1776 this figure had grown to 2.5 million! Contributing to … Continue reading

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In Honor of St. Patrick’s Day…

We dyed the Stream that runs under our shop. (Actually, I think the city was testing public water system , but it’s odd to see our stream the color of lime jello.)   Since last we spoke, We had a … Continue reading

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Toothing Plane Update

Hello again, all: On the recent post about toothing planes, we had a question in the comments section as to whether they were used to flush dovetail pins on drawer sides.  As Bill replied, we remember seeing this but have … Continue reading

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