Episode Guide for Season 20 of The Woodwright’s Shop, the PBS woodworking show featuring Roy Underhill and brought back from the archives by Popular Woodworking. Read more
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Episode Guide to Season 3 of The Woodwright’s Shop PBS woodworking show featuring Roy Underhill and presented by Popular Woodworking. Read more
Episode guide for the second season of The Woodwright’s Shop, the PBS woodworking show featuring Roy Underhill. Read more
Episode Guide for the first season of The Woodwright’s Shop featuring Roy Underhill, the PBS woodworking show from 1980. Read more
Tomorrow morning, I’m hopping in my car and driving south to Roy Underhill’s “The Woodwright’s School,” where the view off the back deck of where I feel honored to be staying looks like this (though I suspect it will be slightly less verdant – though no less sylvan – at the moment): … Read more
This puzzle mallet is seemingly made by magic.
by Roy Underhill
It can’t come apart, but, problem is, it can’t go together!
Legend has it that Abraham Lincoln invented this mysterious mallet. The trouble with ordinary mallets, in his time as now, was that they kept “flying off the handle.” President Lincoln, having the same problem with his fractious Congress, created this presentation mallet with a head that could never come loose. The handle joins to the head with a central tenon and two shallow dovetails passing up the sides. The taper of the dovetails makes it clear that they can’t be retracted. Obviously then, they must have been sprung in from the sides – yet a quick look at their ends shows them dovetailed against that possibility as well! Not only can the head never come off – far worse, it can never go on! So proud of it was Lincoln, that he mentioned it in his second inaugural address, uttering his famous phrase: “With mallets towards none.”
Article: Read Roy Underhill’s article on cutting a single rising dovetail.
Web site: Take a class with Roy Underhill at The Woodwright’s School.
Article: Read woodworking historian Stephen Shepherd’s 2001 article on making a puzzle mallet.
Videos: The 2011-2012 season of “The Woodwright’s Shop” is now available for online viewing.
In our store: “The Woodwright’s Guide: Working Wood with Wedge and Edge.” Read more
The shows from the latest season of Roy Underhill’s “The Woodwright’s Shop” can now be viewed online for free through this link. What, you are still here and reading my crap? Click the link and get over there and watch all 13 episodes. That’s more than six hours of Roy, with less than an hour … Read more