The Joinery in Portland, Oregon

A very cool furniture shop in Portland.  Here’s a video and 3D tour.

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The Joinery Handcrafted Furniture Shop Tour

Tour the northwest’s largest handcrafted wood furniture manufacturer and showroom to see how The Joinery’s 20+ craftsmen create furniture using traditional wood working techniques with modern machinery. We will walk you through the process of building a piece of furniture. Learn about everything from selecting the perfect lumber to creating long-lasting joints. You will smell the lumber being milled, meet the craftsmen, see the natural beauty of wood, and feel the silky-smooth finish.

The Joinery’s 20,000 sq. ft. shop and showroom are located at the corner of SE Woodstock and 48th and the retail store is open daily from 10 – 6.

To sign up for a tour. Please email us or call 503-788-8547

Ewww .. pretty board, pretty board

I started cleaning up the stock I got for the moulding piece that wraps around the bottom of the chest.  Its obviously straight grained and joy to work with compared to the twisty, turney grain in the other boards.  It’s smaller size and ease of working made it an easy evening project.

Erasing the red line

When milling wide boards, I often put a line in the middle of the board so I have something to target.  This helps me weight my plane properly so that I actually flatten the board.  

To quote Robert Wearing in his book “The Essential Woodworker” – “At the start of the stroke there is strong pressure by the left hand on the knob, while the right hand on the handle pushes straight forward.  In the middle of the stroke the down pressure is equal by both hands.  At the end of the stroke the positions are reversed … “.  

The way it was explained to me in my first hand planing class is that you’re digging out a bowl.  So my red line is the middle of the bowl and I work to make it disappear.

The boat anchor works pretty well ..

I bought this plane for $ 25 and its not in great shape.  The sole has a crack in it (see the lower edge of the mouth) and will probably blow up some day.  It’s not flat and it has a giant pit in the sole.  The blade’s very pitted and and kinda nasty.  The knob has black sticky goo on it.

But it works as a pretty well as a rough worker and reduces thickness on a board pronto.  I put a nice curve on the blade and even though its kinda nasty it sharpens up nicely.  I put almost no work in it except to put a curve the blade and sharpen it.  Pretty good for $25 .. or at least I think so.