Arts & Mysteries Blog

Adam Cherubini, the well-loved (and long-time) Arts & Mysteries columnist for Popular Woodworking Magazine, shares his thoughts on 18th-century woodworking techniques, tools and projects on this blog. He’s often controversial – but never boring. Adam’s approach to the craft is entirely hand-tool oriented – and he also reproduces period hand tools for use in his shop. You’ll read about his research into period shops and practices, and find out more about his tools and thoughts on “modern” woodworking and more, here.

A Couple Interesting Threads on Drawers

There have been a couple interesting threads on the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) forum I’d like to make you aware of in case you missed them: On drawer construction: On drawer integration: I think construction details and their variation is particularly interesting. You can easily see how and why our woodworking...

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A New Blog Page and Old Books

Just a test to see if I’ve figured out my new blog page. But maybe this is a good opportunity to thank PW for giving me this space to jot down my thoughts. Megan asked for a list of books I recommended. Like many of you (Dave), I have a huge ww library. But...

Help needed in Cleveland

I have a reader in Cleveland who snapped the quirk off a 1/4″ side bead iron. He was looking for a sharpening service I could recommend. I certainly don’t know any service that could do this. I was wondering if one of you who live in this region, could help out. For what it’s...

Question about resawing

I have a question for you all. A few years back I built a Roubo-esque frame saw in an attempt to conquer hand tool resawing. Frankly, I’ve not had great success with it. It’s 4′ long, and sports an .032″ steel blade sharpened at 2 ppi. Rake angle is fairly low which makes the...

Irony of Hay Shop Blog?

The news of a blog from Colonial Williamsburg’s Hay Cabinetshop has already been received with a smirk about “irony”. I knew it was only a matter of time. When will these sorts of jokes (they’re not really jokes) end? I’m not personally offended, but the sentiment is in many ways belittling. I had a...

Hay Shop Blog

For those of you who live in holes (which may be a fair percentage of all 5 of my readers), I thought I’d mention that the guys in the Hay shop in Colonial Williamsburg have started a blog. If the inaugural entries are any indication of what is to come we are in for...

In painting

“In painting” is a term museum conservators use for touching up “losses”, areas now missing, from antique paintings or other objects. As far as I know, it isn’t typically done on furniture, but it is done occasionally. Conservators talk about “fills” for furniture. When carvings or bits fall off, they glue in patches or...

Tool Making

The holidays are always a busy time for me. I especially love spending time in my shop when the house is bustling with friends and family. I rarely get to work on projects just for me, but these year I got to make myself a little Christmas present one afternoon. I made this little...

PW at Home Depot!

A small plumbing crisis (that’s redundant) brought me to the Depot today. I stopped by the magazine rack to see what was new in FWW magazine. My subscription has lapsed and I’ve been too lazy to re-up. I’ve always liked FWW. I like woodworking and I like ww magazines. I like articles about things...