Article Index Adam Cherubini

Arts & Mysteries: Logs to Lumber

With sweat equity and a few simple tools, you can split strong, stable stock. By Adam Cherubini Pages 60-61 Though sawn lumber was available to 17th- and 18th-century European woodworkers in Colonial America, many American craftsmen split wood to produce stock for furniture. Rive or split marks are typical of 17th-century furniture and not...

Arts & Mysteries: Modern Chest, Period Methods

In the end, are period tools right for post-Industrial materials? By Adam Cherubini Pages 58-59 I began my machinist’s chest project with the intention of using it to commune with the greater modern woodworking world. I wasn’t kidding. The chest is designed to hold the miscellaneous tools that I think of as non-traditional, but...

Arts & Mysteries: Tool Chest Case Construction

Do 18th-century tools and techniques always work for modern pieces? By Adam Cherubini Pages 58-59 I’m in the middle of the construction of a machinist’s-style chest to hold some of my smaller or modern woodworking tools. My goal with this project was to recognize the tool-storage needs of the majority of woodworkers and build...

Arts & Mysteries: A Chest for Every Woodworker

Design your tool storage from the inside out. By Adam Cherubini Pages 54-56 I currently store my woodworking tools in a traditional cabinetmaker’s/joiner’s tool chest. In building that chest, I leaned heavily on surviving period chests as well as images dating from the period. Over the years I’ve been an advocate for these sorts...

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Arts & Myteries: Mortising by Hand

The key to a lasting joint is a good fit – or good pegs. By Adam Cherubini Pages 20-22 Frankly, I can do without dovetails quite nicely. You can nail two boards together and be left with something strong and serviceable. But mortises are trickier to live without; you need to know how to cut...

Arts & Mysteries: Sweat the Details

Small touches make a big difference in 'boarded furniture.' by Adam Cherubini Pages 18-20 This article is part three in a series I’m doing on boarded furniture. If you are new to the series, boarded furniture is a style of case construction prevalent in early America, but largely ignored by we modern woodworkers. It...

Arts & Mysteries: ‘Boarded’ Furniture

London’s clever carpenters found a way around the laws. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 22-24 From 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...