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

Bill Rainford jointing a board

Workbench Slave (aka Deadman) a la Tage Frid

A stout “deadman” or “bench slave” is one of simplest jigs you can build, and it can be an invaluable addition to any workbench with a tail vise. You clamp this fixture, which is essentially a heavy block of wood that rests on the floor, into your tail vise and set...

Eraser Shield and Erasers

Furniture Design Tools: The Versatile Eraser Shield

At around $1 an eraser shield is one of the best buys in your drafting toolkit. This little bit of punched stainless steel if often in my hand when I am drawing a set of plans and is invaluable for cleaning up corners and errant lines. Most folks can intuitively figure...

Hand drafting brush and eraser shield

Hand Drafting Skill-builder FAQ

Q: Is there ever a time in the hand drafting process when you use paper with lines on it, such as graph paper? A: If I am out in the field and do not have a portable drafting setup, then graph paper is desirable paper to have on hand. The most...

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...

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...

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...

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,...