Monday, October 6, 2014
Port Townsend School of Woodworking is one of the sponsors and organizers of the 9th Port Townsend Woodworkers Show. As usual the show is held at the American Legion Hall on Water Street in Port Townsend (just across from the Maritime Center).
We're happy to show alumnus work (no larger than a dining chair) at the School's Booth during the show. If you've taken a course since the School opened in 2008 and would like to display your work please let us know by email or at 360-344-4455.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Well now I know why windows are called panes...because they are truly a pain to make. Especially when you are challenging yourself as I am to do all the molding profiles, rabbets and joinery entirely with hand tools. (I’m not quite crazy enough to do all the stock sizing with rip saws and foreplanes).
Today I’m making the rail-to-stile joints for the big, 24-pane front window, which are franked (rather than haunched) through-wedged mortise and tenons. I was going to do my usual draw-bore pinned M&T, but a bit of research--especially in Charles H. Hayward’s book on joinery--convinced me otherwise. So I’m going down that road---and I have some theories about why this choice is typical of traditional sash joinery.
I’m pretty sure about the through tenon: With typical usage (sliding up and down in the case of double-hungs), strain on the pins would likely lead to enlarged holes and loose joints. Also, due to the sash’s exposure to the elements, the wood is going to undergo a lot of seasonal movement--again leading to loose pins. The through-tenons are much less subject to these symptoms of wood movement (no holes to enlarge for one thing). And unlike the pinned mortises---which eventually would have to be disassembled and re-bored--the wedged mortises could be tightened up by simply driving in (or possibly adding) the shims.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Furniture Society Conference - FS 2014 (June 19-21, 2014)
The Conference, which starts June 19,2014, is a full three day event at Fort Worden. The 3-Day pass is great value giving you access to all the events and includes all meals (even the Saturday Banquet!).
We encourage locals (woodworkers, furniture makers, furniture enthusiasts or the just plain curious) to join us at the conference. Meet the Society's members; check out the events, presentations, and galleries. See all the great reasons to join the Furniture Society.
We're delighted to offer you a 50% discount on one-day passes for the Conference. Use the discount code Local50 when you register.
Please note: a day pass does not include food, you will need to bring a lunch or buy lunch at the Commons.
Conference Event Grid (opens a .PDF file).
At the popular Slide Wars event, conference attendees attendees can get their minute of fame as images of their work are shown on screen in the Wheeler Theatre.
The Member's Gallery and Faculty Selects exhibitions will be open to the public in the Chapel to Fort Worden (right by the entrance to the Park). Several of Michael Cooper's stunning chairs will be on display in the Chapel too.
The Northwest Woodworker's Gallery, where Pike Place Market meets Belltown in Seattle, is presenting "Sense of Place" - an exhibition of Pacific North West Furniture Society Members' work during June.
Explore Digital Design and Fabrication in a pre-conference work shop with Randy Johnson of Shopbot (now full).
Whether you are professional maker, aspiring furniture maker or educator this conference is sure to inspire as you learn, mingle, and make connections.