Tag Archives: Colonial Williamsburg Cabinet Shop

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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We’re workin’ on it!

Late January and February are quiet at Colonial Williamsburg.  The woodworking symposium is over, the kids are back in school, and the tourists are either skiing or migrating further south than Virginia.  This, then, is a great time of year … Continue reading

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The Toothing Plane: A Tool of Our Time

Okay, everyone, prepare to be re-acquainted with what could be construed as one of an 18th century woodworker’s secret weapons. (Drum rolls, please.) The toothing plane, a tool that has gotten me out of more difficult situations than I care … Continue reading

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Really Big Dovetails…but Why?

When the question is “why,” “because” is seldom the answer sought.  Of course, it was “because” that came to my ears with a frustrating frequency in response to so many questions asked in childhood and, as it was then, it … Continue reading

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Why Harpsichords in a Cabinet Shop?

A regular question we get from visitors is: why do we have a harpsichord maker?  Fair enough, so to introduce what hopefully will be regular and useful contributions to this site, I’ll answer this question and justify my existence here … Continue reading

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Greetings and Workbenches

Greetings! Welcome to what we hope will be the first of many blogs about life as 18th century cabinetmakers in the 21st century.  We plan to use this site as a means of sharing our woodworking and research experiences with you … Continue reading

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