A Cabinetmaker's Notebook (Woodworker's Library) by James Krenov

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Cabinetmaking on the maximum point is an artwork, a self-discipline, a philosophy--even a manner of life--in addition to being an invaluable craft. during this booklet one of many maximum dwelling cabinetmakers displays at the deeper meanings of his craft and explains for much less entire employees how the suitable attitudes towards fabrics, instruments, and time can elevate the thrill of this advanced job. Craftspeople in each medium may be encouraged by way of this account of having all started and constructing behavior that reduce the problems of a posh craft.

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The fact that for years and years there hasn't been that much work done which is delicate and sensitive in this mediuIT,. - things a bit sculptured and large, yes. But small delicate thin~ s-an exquisite little jewelry box, a graceful little table, or a cabinet which is intended for lovely things and is itself a com )lement to them-this kind of work is rare, almost extinct There is a true need to create a climate in which it can be done, nd appreciated. Maybe this at mosphere of understanding will come; I can't say.

But they were really aware of the fact that here was something that was a bit extra. There are also practical advantages to these little tools, because this kind of plane is one that you can hold in many different ways in your hand. You can hold it in one hand and plane an edge. You can put your whole hand over it, and when you have very rough-grained wood you can make circular motions the way you do sometimes to get a flat surface. And a really fine plane will cut truly sharp with the breaker and the iron just right.

Joints in this brittle, unyielding wood take extra time and patience. Hinges and other fillings of silver. , height 11 em. Oil-polished outside, untreated inside. I found the padouk in 1962andmadetheboxin 1969-outofthe last precious pieces. 49 Left and below: Cabinet in ash with brownish heartwood at the deepest part of the concave doorcurve. The irregular shape "changes" when one walks past the piece on the wall. The wood appeals to the hand. The pin-type brass hinges are specially made for me.

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