The Anthony Hay Cabinet Shop

A look at Williamsburg’s period shop through the eyes of a passionate hand-tool woodworker.
By Adam Cherubini
Pages: 66-69

From the November 2005 issue #151
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Last year I visited Colonial Williamsburg’s The Cabinetmaker Shop for the first time in 25 years. It was a real treat for me. Woodworkers get special treatment there to be sure. It’s a little like going to a foreign country and being able to speak the language. New opportunities to explore become available to you.

I would like to have explored the shop’s selection of chisels and saws, the glues and finishes, marking and dadoing techniques. It would have been nice to spend an afternoon examining the great wheel lathe. But on this visit, I choose to explore the shop itself. I’ve read several articles on “great two-car garage woodshops.” Colonial Williamsburg’s woodshop is roughly the size of a two-car garage, but there the similarities end.

From the November 2005 issue #151
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