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Here's Underhill last week at Williamsburg. The 5-book revolving stand is at right.
A few year’s ago on his PBS show, the Woodright built the same Jefferson bookstand he recently demonstrated at Colonial Willamburg’s Working Wood in the 18th Century conference, and you can watch that TV episode for free.
It is a clever revolving stand that holds 5 books open at once. Jefferson used it to read multiple books at once on a single topic, turning from source to source quickly. Cool idea.
He covers a lot of great techniques in this episode, all with hand tools of course, including cutting breadboard ends.
This photo is a little grainy, but this is the way the bookstand is displayed at Monticello.
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Does anyone know if a plan is available of this bookstand? I have wanted to build since seeing at Monticello several years ago.
Although it doesn't get as much "ink" as the cabinet shop at Williamsburg, I found the Joiners' Shop to be a much better opportunity to get up close, chat with the craftsmen, and watch them work. At the time I visited the cabinet shop, we stood over at one edge of the workshop and heard a good description of what was done there, but nothing was happening and there was no "up close" opportunity as with the Joiners' Shop. My hunch that it had more to do with my timing than with differences between the shops.
Bottom line: don't miss the Joiners' Shop! The toolmaking shop about which much is said and written was completely off limits--a big disappointment.
I hope to visit Williamsburg again and try to make my visit coincide with the Period Furniture Society meeting.
Carl Swensson's woodworking skills go very, very deep. But they go wide as well.
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
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