A couple of years ago I became curious about an original piece of furniture from the Arts & Crafts period, and decided to track it down. The next thing I knew I was planning a weekend getaway with my lovely and charming wife. She’s also an incredibly good sport because our destination, while a cool place to visit, involved measuring, photographing and documenting a single piece of old furniture.
Most pieces of furniture have a story behind them, as do most magazine articles. Up until now, there hasn’t been the space available to tell the story in great detail. You just can’t do it when there is a limit of 6 or 8 pages squeezed between ads, so a lot of the good stuff never gets published. In the first issue of 360 WoodWorking, I’m going to indulge myself, and you’ll be able to read the first article (of several planned) about building a reproduction of a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture.
The unsung hero of this story is the little square you see at the left. It’s also in the photo above, and it’s the reason I’m sprawled out on the floor and making an ugly face after driving 750 miles. The square is from Lee Valley. It’s basically a 6″ precision rule with a second leg. I like it for layout work because you can park it on the corner of something and get accurate distances in two directions, and with one edge seated against the work, you know that you’re really measuring from the surface of the wood, not the fleshy end of your thumb. For measuring pieces in the field, it’s great to be able to include the precision square in the photo. If you’re careful about how you aim the camera – the reason for the ugly face – you can read measurements when you get back home.
I’m excited about building this piece, and looking forward to sharing the experience here on 360 Woodworking. Glen, Chuck and I hope that you’ll enjoy this fresh approach to reporting about woodworking that incorporates video, lots of images and enough space to tell a story thoroughly. Our first issue (due to be released very soon) will be free, so that everyone can see exactly the type of content we produce.
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