From Molding To Picture Frame

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Ideas for picture frames

Originally posted on Rainford Restorations:

It’s always fun to travel back in time. This past weekend I traveled back to the 19th century as I participated in the Early American Industries Association Historic Trades Sampler Program at Eastfield Village.

On Saturday I taught a workshop on the use of traditional molding planes to make a picture frame.  In this post I’ll cover some of the highlights of the course and share some details for folks who might want to give it a try at home.

Demonstrating the use of a molding plane on a sticking board. (Photo by Carol Coutinho) Demonstrating the use of a molding plane on a sticking board. (Photo by Carol Coutinho)

One of the joys of an event at Eastfield Village is to work by natural light in a beautiful and immersive setting — in this case Don Carpentier’s village of carefully moved and restored historic buildings — taverns, trade shops, homes and outbuildings.

Brian and Tom working with the molding planes. Brian and Tom working with the molding planes.

After an orientation…

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Glamour Shots of the Windsor

12 Jul

I put the last coat of oil on the Windsor.  Here are a few shots.

Painting the Windsor

8 Jul Another preview of what the final look will be.

I started painting my Windsor Chair that I finished up in my previous post.  I’m using Peter Galbert’s recipe from his book Chairmaker’s Notebook.  Basically I’m layering on Milk Paint.  If you wanna know all the secret tricks, you gotta buy the book.  Wanna a see a few of the images from his book .. take a look here.

Anyway here’s a few shots of the orange under cocoa.

Windsor Chair Class with Peter Galbert

21 Jun

I had a feeling I was going to have difficulty blogging during class. 

Here are a few of the high points from my Windsor Chair Class at Port Townsend School of Woodworking.

Use Your Reamer to Make a Matching Tenon Cutter

13 Jun


Use Your Reamer to Make a Matching Tenon Cutter

Found! Quarter Sawn Maple – The La Forge Royale Miter Jack Project

13 Jun

I’ve been lame, lame, lame about posting lately.  There’s been much going on including our very stalled kitchen project.  But I have a ton to blog about so more frequent posting going forward.

In the meantime, I thought I’d do a quick debrief on our trip to the Port Townsend Edensaw Lumber yard a couple of weekends ago.  Five of us went: Anne Briggs (, Ananda Dorje @a_dorje, Mike Lingenfelter (@mike.lingenfelter) and Glen Thompson ( Frankly, I’m a pig in mud when it comes to lumber yards in Seattle.  We have several really nice lumber yards and wood suppliers.  

But when I really want something special, I journey over to Port Townsend to Edensaw.  These guys cater to the boat building crowd so they have some special stuff.  For example, I was looking for some quarter sawn maple to make my miter jack and sure enough they had a nice 5″, 8′ long stick.

I also wanted a wide piece of maple for my leg vice chop upgrade to a Benchcrafted Crisscross.  They had a really nice 12″ 12/4 piece that I also took home.

Can’t wait to get to these projects as well as several others I have stacked up.

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Great video explaining why you need a cap iron

9 May

The English Woodworker explains it all.


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