Archive for the 'Woodworking 101' Category

What is Fine Woodworking – Part 2

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Last week we began our discussion on “What is Fine Woodworking” by looking at the cabinetry side of things. Today, we will turn our attention towards the more complex, intricate, and varied world of custom furniture. We don’t build any large lots of furniture, nor do we specialize in any particular style of furniture at […]

The Glue Issue

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

As many of you know the furniture line recently launched by J. Alexander Fine Woodworking is comprised of wood to metal joinery, which is not a regularly used or easy kind of joint . This presented a few issues that needed to be worked out, first of which was figuring out which glues will bond […]

Mortise & Tenon Jointery

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Previously in the Woodworking 101 section of this blog we looked at a wide range of joinery techniques used in woodworking. Today, we will narrow our focus and just look at the most common joinery technique I employ in the designing and building of custom furniture, the mortise and tenon joint. The picture below is […]

Using Google’s SketchUp with Woodworking

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

One of the more difficult parts of a project is the design phase.  Not that it is hard to design furniture but that it is very difficult to clearly communicate what a project is going to look like when it is finished.  Some people are instinctively good at understanding a verbal or written description but […]

Joinery Techniques

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Welcome to the first in a series of posts in our Woodworking 101 category.  Today we will look at the most basic skill all woodworkers have to learn and master, joinery techniques.  As you will see below, there are dozens of different ways to join two pieces of wood together.  Each with their own set […]

Woodworking 101

Friday, September 19th, 2008

A few weeks ago I realized that many of the projects we document here on the blog use a wide variety of terminology strictly related to woodworking, such as dado, dovetail joints, loose tenon, butt joint and half-laps. Rather than assume the readers of this blog are all fellow woodworkers who understand the jargon or […]