Author Archives: Bill Rainford

About Bill Rainford

Bill is an avid woodworker, author and instructor. He currently teaches Traditional Building at the Boston Architectural College as part of their Masters Degree in Historic Preservation Program. He's a graduate of the Preservation Carpentry program and many Cabinet & Furniture Making workshops at the North Bennet Street School, where he also teaches several workshops. A long time woodworker, Bill currently works on commissioned pieces from his own workshop, site projects and personalized instruction. Before woodworking, Bill was a software development engineer. You can learn more about Bill on his woodworking blog which can be found here: http://rainfordrestorations.wordpress.com

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A great box to have dinner with…

What discussion of shop-made boxes would be complete without something dovetailed? A common project for many woodworkers is a dovetailed box. It’s a great warmup for making drawers and larger scale projects. When I was learning to cut a traditional dovetail by hand, one of the first ‘real’ projects after practice joints and the...

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Working in the Round

As we continue to explore customized storage solutions from the workshop, a fun way to make an interesting container is to turn one. If you have (or have access to) a lathe and a little bit of turning experience you can quickly turn a nice lidded box. A round box? I’m a fan of...

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Aging 100 Years in a Day

Building customized storage solutions is one of the joys of being a woodworker. I never seem to have enough storage at home or in the shop. On days when I don’t have a lot of time in the shop, when I have some nice scraps I want to use or when I want a...

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Winding Laths – Improve How You Flatten a Board

A good pair of winding laths or winding sticks is sometimes hard to find – I suspect not many have survived the burn pile. The good news is that a new set is easily made in a few minutes at the bench. Why would I want a pair of ‘Winding Sticks’? What do they...

Front view of Bill's tool chest with doors opened.

Woodworking Ideas – Customizing Your Tool Chest From the Inside Out

Bill Rainford, traditional joiner, has been writing guest posts for us this summer. Thanks for all of these amazing woodworking ideas, Bill! Today we are featuring a piece on the principles behind customizing your tool chest, especially the interior. –Dan What Does Your Tool Chest Say About You? The spartan exterior of many traditional...

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Sloyd Tool List Spreadsheet

Tool Pricing Analysis, 1900-2013 (Complete Sloyd List) Tool Original Price Original Price in Today’s $ Today’s Price 2′ Folding Wood Rule $0.15 $4.05 $24.00 6″ Metal Blade Try Square $0.25 $6.75 $13.65 Marking Gauge $0.25 $6.75 $30.00 Bevel Gauge $0.25 $6.75 $22.50 Pair Dividers, 5 inch $0.30 $8.10 $49.50 Screw Driver, 4 inch $0.15...

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Beginning Woodworking – Secrets of Sloyd

Bill Rainford is a young and driven craftsman in whom I think you’ll find a lot in common. Voraciously self-taught at first, Bill went on to graduate from the Preservation Carpentry Program at one of New England’s premier craft schools. He now teaches workshops at that school (North Bennet Street), serves as adjunct faculty...