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This series demonstrates traditional furniture making.

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Hammer Veneering with Steve Latta #3110 [TV-G]
Learn classic hammer veneering using the pull hammer to put the squeeze on fine finished furniture.

  • KET2 Saturday, July 19 at 3:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, September 3 at 5:00 am EDT

The Venerable Bead #3303 [TV-G]
Roy Underhill demonstrates how to cut bead moldings with hand planes for corners that look sharp and last longer.

  • KET2 Tuesday, July 22 at 3:00 pm EDT

Painless Panel Doors #3104 [TV-G]
The stiles and rails of the classic raised panel door are made, starting with simple sticks.

  • KET Wednesday, July 23 at 5:00 am EDT

Iron Work for Timber Work #3111 [TV-G]
How to make spike dogs and cant hooks for log holding and handling.

  • KET2 Saturday, July 26 at 3:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, September 10 at 5:00 am EDT

Carving Away with Mary May #3304 [TV-G]
Classical carver Mary May provides a lesson on woodcarving and a proper rebuke for edge tool abuse!

  • KET2 Tuesday, July 29 at 3:00 pm EDT

Hand Plane Essentials with Chris Schwarz #3105 [TV-G]
Learn how to make gleaming surfaces, tight joints, and crisp moldings through perfect planing.

  • KET Wednesday, July 30 at 5:00 am EDT

Offset Turning #3112 [TV-G]
Turning ovals and offsets by measuring once and turning twice.

  • KET2 Saturday, August 2 at 3:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, September 17 at 5:00 am EDT

Swinging Saw Vise #3305 [TV-G]
Roy duplicates the beveled bridle joints and chamfered chops of an old saw-sharpening vise.

  • KET2 Tuesday, August 5 at 3:00 pm EDT

English Layout Square with Chris Schwarz #3106 [TV-G]
Building this simple square with laps and bridles brings beauty and utility to your workbench.

  • KET Wednesday, August 6 at 5:00 am EDT

Simple Sash #3113 [TV-G]
Windows in an old mill are restored.

  • KET2 Saturday, August 9 at 3:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, September 24 at 5:00 am EDT

Sharpen That Saw! #3306 [TV-G]
Using giant model rip and crosscut saws, Roy demonstrates how to correctly sharpen handsaws.

  • KET2 Tuesday, August 12 at 3:00 pm EDT

Elizabethan Joint Stool with Peter Follansbee #3107 [TV-G]
The master joiner of Plimoth Plantation shows us how to make this traditional treat for the tired Tudor tush.

  • KET Wednesday, August 13 at 5:00 am EDT

Rise of the Machines! #3201 [TV-G]
Roy gets caught up in up a bevy of century-old, foot-powered woodworking machines.

  • KET2 Saturday, August 16 at 3:30 pm EDT

Combination Planes #3307 [TV-G]
Roy attempts to replace a chest of molding planes with one complex metal contraption.

  • KET2 Tuesday, August 19 at 3:00 pm EDT

Carving Swedish Spoons with Peter Follansbee #3108 [TV-G]
With axe and traditional hook knife, Peter shows us how to make our own spoons.

  • KET Wednesday, August 20 at 5:00 am EDT

The Eleven Grooved Box #3202 [TV-G]
Grooves and splines make a tidy oak box, but can the joints be cut by just using hand tools?

  • KET2 Saturday, August 23 at 3:30 pm EDT

Joined Chest with Peter Follansbee #3308 [TV-G]
The master joiner of Plimoth Plantation shows how to frame a small, mortised, and tenoned chest in the old English style.

  • KET2 Tuesday, August 26 at 3:00 pm EDT

Inlaid Lettering with Steve Latta #3109 [TV-G]
See how to make your name in holly wood by setting slender stringing into the slotted surface.

  • KET Wednesday, August 27 at 5:00 am EDT

Table Joints Rule! #3203 [TV-G]
You can't make a drop-leaf table without the rule joint. See the tools needed to cut it by hand.

  • KET2 Saturday, August 30 at 3:30 pm EDT

Paneled Chest with Peter Follansbee #3309 [TV-G]
A master joiner shows Roy how to make and fit the beveled panels and storage till into a framed chest from the Pilgrim era.

  • KET2 Tuesday, September 2 at 3:00 pm EDT

The Anarchist's Tool Chest #3204 [TV-G]
Chris Schwarz's anarchist's tool chest starts a back-to-basics revolution!

  • KET2 Saturday, September 6 at 3:30 pm EDT

Early Iron with Peter Ross #3310 [TV-G]
Master blacksmith Peter Ross shows how to forge iron hinges and locks from the earliest days of the American experience.

  • KET2 Tuesday, September 9 at 3:00 pm EDT

Two Screws for You! #3205 [TV-G]
Chris Schwarz joins Roy Underhill to rediscover the enigmatic, wooden, two-screw vise.

  • KET2 Saturday, September 13 at 3:30 pm EDT

Try Square with Christopher Schwarz #3311 [TV-G]
Chris Schwarz shows Roy how to measure up with an English try square based on the examples in the famous Benjamin Seaton tool chest.

  • KET2 Tuesday, September 16 at 3:00 pm EDT

Screw Cuttin' Lathe #3206 [TV-G]
Roy uses an 1889 foot-powered lathe to cut perfect threads, cones, and tapers in iron and brass.

  • KET2 Saturday, September 20 at 3:30 pm EDT

Dutch Tool Chest with Christopher Schwarz #3312 [TV-G]
Learn to make the simple and useful Dutch tool chest with its characteristic 30-degree slanted lid.

  • KET2 Tuesday, September 23 at 3:00 pm EDT

The Troublesome Triangle Stool #3207 [TV-G]
Peter Follansbee and Roy Underhill tackle terrible turned tenons for the old triangular stool.

  • KET2 Saturday, September 27 at 3:30 pm EDT

Big Ash Mallet! #3313 [TV-G]
With ash head and hickory handle, Roy shows how to make a proper joiner's mallet for the ages.

  • KET2 Tuesday, September 30 at 3:00 pm EDT

Wretched Ratchet Reading Rack #3208 [TV-G]
With foot-powered lathes, Peter Follansbee turns this adjustable bookstand from walnut and maple.

  • KET2 Saturday, October 4 at 3:30 pm EDT

Raising Panel-Zona #3209 [TV-G]
Roy Underhill uses both complex planes and tricks with basic tools to raise the classic panel.

  • KET2 Saturday, October 11 at 3:30 pm EDT

Carving The Camellia #3210 [TV-G]
Woodcarver Mary May makes basswood flowers bloom. Get in the groove of high-relief carving with sharp gouges and good-grained wood!

  • KET2 Saturday, October 18 at 3:30 pm EDT

Forging The Hold Fast #3211 [TV-G]
Blacksmith Peter Ross shows how to forge historical versions of this powerful gripper.

  • KET2 Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 3:30 pm EDT

The Enfield Cupboard #3212 [TV-G]
Simple to construct and elegant in design, this cupboard is a standby in any room or shop.

  • KET2 Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 3:30 pm EST

The Shaker Bend #3213 [TV-G]
From their furniture to their bentwood boxes, the Shakers may be our most modern artisans.

  • KET2 Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm EST
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   (800) 848-6224
   P.O. Box 2288
   Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2288

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   (800) 531-4727
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   Charlotte, NC 28275

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