The Wood Butcher Papers: Episode 3
A tongue-in-groove--make that tongue-in-cheek--explanation of how to create and hang a wall cabinet.
In his third episode of The Wood Butcher Papers, hobby woodworker and writer Saul Isler wryly explains some of the finer, lesser-known points about the construction of a wall cabinet with dovetailed corners and mortise-and-tenon doors. Did you know, for example, that it takes nine hands to glue up a carcase? Or that “mortise and tenon” is an old Greek term for “square peg in a round hole”? It’s a dryly amusing riff on cabinetmaking.
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About This Series
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Saul Isler was working as an ad man and operated a patent drafting business near his home in Cleveland. He was also a hobby woodworker producing a series of columns for the Saturday edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer under the nom de plume, The Wood Butcher, a federally trademarked name that summed up his columns precisely.
His musings as a hobby woodworker, homeowner, and all around enthusiast, hit home for many woodworkers because the struggles and triumphs Isler encountered in his shop, and wrote about, are things we can all relate to. Nearly 30 years later, Isler has resurrected his columns for a year-long audio series on FineWoodworking.com that we’re calling The Wood Butcher Papers.