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This series demonstrates traditional furniture making.

TV Schedule

Viceless Devices #3405 [TV-G]
From the holdfast to the birdsmouth, Roy explores wondrous ways to grip the grain.

  • KET2 Monday, March 23 at 6:00 pm EST

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.

  • KET Wednesday, March 25 at 5:00 am EST

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, March 28 at 3:30 pm EST
  • KET Wednesday, April 8 at 5:00 am EDT

Daring Diagonal Dovetails #3406 [TV-G]
Learn to cut the rising diagonal dovetail for corners that are stronger and striking.

  • KET2 Monday, March 30 at 6:00 pm EST

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

  • KET Wednesday, April 1 at 5:00 am EST
  • KET2 Monday, May 25 at 6:00 pm 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, April 4 at 3:30 pm EST
  • KET Wednesday, April 15 at 5:00 am EDT

Shop Class Tabouret #3407 [TV-G]
The old shop-class plant stand joined with half-laps and dowels teaches us to focus on the grain.

  • KET2 Monday, April 6 at 6:00 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, April 11 at 3:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, April 22 at 5:00 am EDT

Campaign Furniture #3408 [TV-G]
Campaign furniture made for travel to the far-flung reaches of the Empire are highlighted.

  • KET2 Monday, April 13 at 6:00 pm EDT

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

  • KET2 Saturday, April 18 at 3:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, April 29 at 5:00 am EDT

Fitting Brass #3409 [TV-G]
Discover how to fit brass corners and hardware flush with the surfaces of Campaign furniture.

  • KET2 Monday, April 20 at 6:00 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, April 25 at 3:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, May 6 at 5:00 am EDT

The Crotch and the Horse #3410 [TV-G]
An old shaving horse from the Virginia mountains showcases the strength of natural shapes in timber.

  • KET2 Monday, April 27 at 6:00 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, May 2 at 3:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, May 13 at 5:00 am EDT

Dovetail Saw #3411 [TV-G]
Tom Calisto makes a brass-backed hand saw perfect for the finest dovetails or the toughest tenons.

  • KET2 Monday, May 4 at 6:00 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, May 9 at 3:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, May 20 at 5:00 am EDT

Tempered Steel #3412 [TV-G]
Peter Ross shows how to forge, weld and temper tool steel for cutting edges that stay sharp longer.

  • KET2 Monday, May 11 at 6:00 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, May 16 at 3:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, May 27 at 5:00 am EDT

Woodwright - The Musical #3413 [TV-G]
The Underhill Rose band joins Roy in the shop for a musical misadventure.

  • KET2 Monday, May 18 at 6:00 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, May 23 at 3:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, June 3 at 5:00 am EDT

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

  • KET2 Saturday, May 30 at 3:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, June 10 at 5:00 am 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, June 6 at 3:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, June 17 at 5:00 am EDT

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

  • KET2 Saturday, June 13 at 3:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, June 24 at 5:00 am EDT
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   Price available upon request.
   University of North Carolina Press
   (800) 848-6224
   P.O. Box 2288
   Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2288

   Shop PBS
   (800) 531-4727
   P.O. Box 751089
   Charlotte, NC 28275

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