The Woodwright's Guide: Working Wood with Wedge and Edge

Overview

For thirty years, Roy Underhill's PBS program, "The Woodwright's Shop," has brought classic hand-tool craftsmanship to viewers across America. Now, in his 7th book, Roy shows how to engage the mysteries of the splitting wedge and the cutting edge to shape wood from forest to furniture. Beginning with the standing tree, each chapter of The Woodwright's Guide explores one of nine trades of woodcraft: faller, countryman and cleaver, hewer, log-builder, sawyer, carpenter, joiner, turner, and cabinetmaker. Hundreds of...

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Overview

For thirty years, Roy Underhill's PBS program, "The Woodwright's Shop," has brought classic hand-tool craftsmanship to viewers across America. Now, in his 7th book, Roy shows how to engage the mysteries of the splitting wedge and the cutting edge to shape wood from forest to furniture. Beginning with the standing tree, each chapter of The Woodwright's Guide explores one of nine trades of woodcraft: faller, countryman and cleaver, hewer, log-builder, sawyer, carpenter, joiner, turner, and cabinetmaker. Hundreds of detailed drawings by Eleanor Underhill (Roy's daughter) illustrate the hand tools and processes for shaping and joining wood. A special concluding section contains detailed plans for making your own foot-powered lathes, workbenches, shaving horses, and taps and dies for wooden screws.

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Editorial Reviews

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Following the loose theme of wedge use and blades, Underhill, popular author and star of the PBS series The Woodwright's Shop, meanders his way through historic tool use. From felling and processing trees to log construction and on to tool care and tool manufacture, there are no simplified projects and no step-by-step instructions. Black-and-white hand-drawn illustrations are scattered throughout the book. Odd and wonderful little tangents are peppered throughout as well (e.g., tricks with nails). Ideal for the experienced woodworker who wants to try a traditional direction with traditional tools, this is recommended for larger woodworking collections.


—Karen Ellis
From the Publisher
"The Woodwright's Guide captures the true glory and mystery of the material that built this country, from the first swing of the axe to the final shaving of a smoothing plane. Roy Underhill's impressive technical knowledge, respect for traditional methods, and amusing storytelling make this his finest effort to date. I devoured every word and enjoyed it immensely."
— Christopher Schwarz, editor of Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine

"I own all of Underhill's books. . . . So it is no small thing when I say that Underhill's new book (his first in 12 years) is his best. . . . Unlike his previous books . . . The Woodwright's Guide is focused entirely on technique. . . . Underhill's other great strength is his ability to explain extremely complex ideas in a way that makes it feel like you've suddenly achieved Buddhist enlightenment."
—Christopher Schwarz, Woodworking Magazine Weblog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807859148
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 281,370
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy Underhill

Roy Underhill is host of the popular PBS show The Woodwright's Shop, now approaching its fourth decade of production. He is author of six previous books, including The Woodwright's Shop: A Practical Guide to Traditional Woodcraft and The Woodwright's Workbook: Further Explorations in Traditional Woodcraft (both from the University of North Carolina Press). He lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Faller 3

2 Cleaver and Countryman 13

3 Hewer 39

4 Log Builder 45

5 Sawyer 51

6 Frame Carpenter 55

7 Joiner 69

8 Turner 117

9 Cabinetmaker 129

Conclusion: A Great Wheel 145

Plan A Making Wooden Screws 147

Plan B The Carpenter's Tap 152

Plan C A Roubo Bench 158

Plan D Hasluck's Bench 163

Plan E A Spring-Pole Lathe 166

Plan F A Treadle Lathe 168

Bibliography 173

Index 179

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