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Cabinetmaking on the optimum point is an paintings, a self-discipline, a philosophy--even a manner of life--in addition to being an invaluable craft. during this publication one of many maximum residing cabinetmakers displays at the deeper meanings of his craft and explains for much less comprehensive staff how the proper attitudes towards fabrics, instruments, and time can raise the fun of this advanced job. Craftspeople in each medium should be encouraged by means of this account of having all started and constructing conduct that reduce the problems of a posh craft.

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I remember the old-fashioned Danish wooden planes there, which were rather awkward but had fairly good cutting properties. And I recall a book in the office about old Norwegian tools-a quaint history of the plane. It was about excavations that had turned up the tools with which the Oseberg Viking ship was made hundreds of years ago. Then, too, our teacher used to tell us about the old-timers and how they made their own tools, planes among them, and I began to think of the plane as being the cabinetmaker's violin; the instrument that sets the tone of the music in an orchestra.

They almost want to be together. I just put a little pressure on them, and have a nice tight joint with no glue showing in the white wood. It's that tight. " That, of course, is ridiculous because many woods aren't intended to be planed, and I don't plane these, but some of the results that I achieve are due to my planes, and go back to that discovery I made with the first one. I stand at my workbench. Shavings curl from the plane in my hands, swish-and-slide, as I rock to the motion of work. The smell of fresh-cut wood, a slick, silvery yellow surface gleaming under the tireless plane, and a feeling of contentment.

The sliding ring-holder was by request. Joints in this brittle, unyielding wood take extra time and patience. Hinges and other fillings of silver. , height 11 em. Oil-polished outside, untreated inside. I found the padouk in 1962andmadetheboxin 1969-outofthe last precious pieces. 49 Left and below: Cabinet in ash with brownish heartwood at the deepest part of the concave doorcurve. The irregular shape "changes" when one walks past the piece on the wall. The wood appeals to the hand. The pin-type brass hinges are specially made for me.

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