The Gottshall Block Challenge

A piece of scrap and an afternoon will challenge and stretch your skills.

by Robert W. Lang
Pages: 54-55

From the April 2011 issue #189
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Imagine yourself in a shop class of 40 or 50 years ago. The assignment for the day is to lay out and cut the block shown in the photo at right. That’s the test; the lessons will come as you work. There is also one condition: All the cuts must be made with a backsaw or a coping saw, and the cleanup is done with a chisel.

Article: For a blow-by-blow description of making this block, visit our blog.
In our store:Making Antique Furniture Reproductions: Instructions and Measured Drawings for 40 Classic Projects” by Franklin Gottshall.
To buy: “Exercises in Wood-Working,” a classic book on using hand tools; companion videos on DVD are also available.

From the April 2011 issue #189
Buy this issue now