Arts & Mysteries: The Striking Knife

Discover a nearly extinct tool that can help you work faster and more accurately.
By Adam Cherubini
Pages: 32-34

From the April 2005 issue #147
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As preposterous as the notion seems, the historical record suggests cabinetmakers working in dim shops with hand tools were able to produce fine furniture with great speed. Despite the superiority of our modern tools and shops, few can match their productivity. So modern woodworkers are left with this question: How were they able to work efficiently with hand tools?

This article is the first in a series I will write for Popular Woodworking on the subject of working wood quickly and efficiently with hand tools. I shall humbly attempt to do what my 18th century counterpart swore not to do: Reveal the once secret “arts and mysteries” of working quickly and efficiently with hand tools.

From the April 2005 issue #147
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