A Cabinetmaker's Notebook (Woodworker's Library) by James Krenov

By James Krenov


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Cabinetmaking on the maximum point is an artwork, a self-discipline, a philosophy--even a fashion of life--in addition to being an invaluable craft. during this e-book one of many maximum residing cabinetmakers displays at the deeper meanings of his craft and explains for much less finished employees how the ideal attitudes towards fabrics, instruments, and time can elevate the thrill of this complicated task. Craftspeople in each medium can be encouraged via this account of having begun and constructing behavior that reduce the problems of a fancy craft.

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You use your hand rather than your arm. You hold the knife close down and very tight. It should be a, fairly short-bladed knife. Holding it firmly, you work it tQwards you with your fingers and forearm tense, gripping the knife exactly, firmly, and as you make these little cuts you are straining forward and yet at the same time there is a controlled braking because gripping tightly you can also stop at any time you want to twist your fingers and the blade and that way come out of any cut that seems to be going too deeply, or wrong.

Not just a great piece once in a while, and then a long row of ordinary stuff dragging you down, but fine things all along. For a few craftsmen this makes sense; for most it is a frustration. You've either got the patience, or you haven't. Some of us have the self-discipline it takes, others don't. One chap wants results, period. Another is willing to sweat and wait as long as necessary to do what has to be done. Ours is one of the most time-consuming crafts of all, but for him it's no problem: things have to be done, and you have to do them if you are ever going to see the rewards.

Your hands become hardened and awake, you can cutcrunch-deep and clean into a piece of secupira or hornbeam to round a friendly handle. The work comes easier, you are 'thinking less and feeling more, because you know your knife. And that is how it should be. 39 l Smalliools, made 10 fillhe work one has done, and will do, wilh furl her pleasure. 40 _ Details made with a knife. Right: The wooden door-catch at the top of a cabinet. Underneath is a small spring. Tension can be adjusted by the screw.

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