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Arts & Mysteries: ‘Boarded’ Furniture

London’s clever carpenters found a way around the laws.By Adam Cherubini Pages: 22-24From the February 2012 issue #195 Buy the issue now.“Boarded” is an archaic English term that was used to describe a form of woodwork characterized by the use of fasteners as the principle means of attachment. The iconic six-board chest is probably the...

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What is an Oilstone?

The language surrounding so called oilstones is very misleading. First off, there’s no such thing as an “oilstone.” Long ago, these abrasive stones were simply called whetstones. “Whetting” was the period word for “sharpening” and it had nothing to do with applying liquid to a rock. Nor is oil required for their use. All...

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Arts & Mysteries: Whetstone Sharpening

Part 1: No flat back.By Adam Cherubini Pages: 24-25From the October 2011 issue #192 Buy this issue nowI’ve tried most sharpening systems. I started with sandpaper and glass because it was cost-effective. It’s still tough to beat. You don’t have to worry about maintenance. If the paper rips or clogs, you throw it...

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Arts & Mysteries: The Lost Arts & Mysteries

Revealing centuries-old secrets to working quickly and efficiently. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 32-36 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now Arts & Mysteries is a phrase that oft appears in the contracts or indentures between master craftsmen and their apprentices. Exact usage varies, but the context is usually something like “…...