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BY BOB LANG April 1, 2021 Updated April 1, 2021

I can develop a pretty smooth surface with a hand plane and/or a scraper, but before finishing I sand to ensure that all the surfaces of a project are consistent. Each hand tool leaves a slightly different texture that won’t be apparent until a stain, dye or topcoat is applied. Sanding may not be romantic but it’s an essential step. Although I own a number of power tools for sanding, I sand by hand to achieve better results and to minimize the dust. But I don’t sand by hand the way I used to, I’ve found a better abrasive material and a modern device to hold it.  

Read more: Mirka Hand Sanding System

BY W. PATRICK EDWARDS January 1, 2001 Updated January 1, 2001

Today, furniture makers have a wonderful choice of hand and power tools available to them. There are those furniture makers who choose to use only hand tools, those who use only power tools, and the rest who will use any tool that will get the job done. It is important to recognize that the choice of tool is significant, and it will be evident in the final result. The form and decoration of the furniture is directly affected by the process used to make it. It may be subtle, or it may be dramatic, but it is always apparent to the discerning observer.

Read more: Form Follows Process

BY JEFF THOMPSON April 1, 2021 Updated April 1, 2021

There are number of ways one can thickness stringing and bindings. I’ve used a couple methods myself like on a drum sander, but mine is in a shed out back behind my shop and the lights dim when I turn on the machine. Obviously it's time for a bigger, more powerful shop. I’ve also used the down and dirty way that Glen Huey showed me. You clamp a fence to the table of your Rigid oscillating sander and creep up on the thickness that way. Then one afternoon I was watching a Steve Latta video probably for the third time and noticed he said something about the Luthier’s Friend. So, I googled it and this is where it led me: http://www.luthiersfriend.

Read more: Luthier's Friend To...

Upcoming Events

  • Delaware Valley Chapter Meeting July 17, 2021

    The Delaware Valley Chapter is planning their first in-person post-pandemic meeting to be held on July 17, 2021. It will start at approximately at 10 am and finish around 4 pm. Coffee and lunch will be provided and a small...

  • Gateway Chapter Zoom Meeting on June 25th at 7pm CST

    The Gateway Chapter will be having a ZOOM meeting on June 25, 2021, at 7 pm (central). The purpose of the meeting will be to re-introduce each other to one another, talk about what you are working on, what you are planning...

  • Indiana Chapter Spring 2021 Zoom Meeting

    BY SAM RHODES April 26, 2021 Updated June 7, 2021 The Indiana Chapter hosted a Zoom meeting on Saturday 22 May 2021. Our presenter was Cartouche winner Ray Journigan. Ray discussed his current project, a Charleston Rice...

  • Peach State Chapter Spring 2021 Zoom Meeting

    BY ARNIE MOORE May 11, 2021 Updated June 12, 2021 The Peach State Chapter had its Spring meeting on June 5, 2021. The meeting was held simultaniously in-person and live on Zoom.  Steve Quehl discussed the design and...

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New Articles

  • Fitting an Asymmetrical Splat Into an Oval Chair Back

    BY DAVE HELLER April 1, 2021 Updated: April 1, 2021 This article discusses a specific aspect of making a set of not-yet-completed Bing-style Art Nouveau dining room chairs of my own design. I will write an article for SAPFM on...

  • A Standup Davenport Computer Desk

     BY JOE PARKER April 1, 2021 Updated: April 1, 2021 The name "Davenport" comes from a reference in the records of an 18th-19th century English furniture maker Gillows. The reference, in about 1795, gives the original design and...

  • Remembering Phil Lowe: Craftsman, Mentor, Friend

    BY MICKEY CALLAHAN April 1, 2021 Updated April 1, 2021 It’s with a heavy heart that I write of the passing of one of America’s master period furniture makers, Phil Lowe. I’ve known Phil for over 30 years and was privileged to have...

  • Luthier's Friend To Thickness Small Part

    BY JEFF THOMPSON April 1, 2021 Updated April 1, 2021 There are number of ways one can thickness stringing and bindings. I’ve used a couple methods myself like on a drum sander, but mine is in a shed out back behind my shop...

  • Mirka Hand Sanding System

    BY BOB LANG April 1, 2021 Updated April 1, 2021 I can develop a pretty smooth surface with a hand plane and/or a scraper, but before finishing I sand to ensure that all the surfaces of a project are consistent. Each hand...

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