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This series demonstrates traditional furniture making.

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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 Saturday, December 13 at 3:30 pm EST
  • KET Wednesday, January 14 at 5:00 am EST

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

  • KET2 Monday, December 15 at 6:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Saturday, December 27 at 3:30 pm EST

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

  • KET Wednesday, December 17 at 5:00 am EST

Tapered Tail Tripod Table 2 #3404 [TV-G]
A walnut burl top and some tricky turning make tapered dovetails for our three-legged table.

  • KET2 Saturday, December 20 at 3:30 pm EST

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

  • KET2 Monday, December 22 at 6:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Saturday, January 3 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.

  • KET Wednesday, December 24 at 5:00 am EST

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, December 29 at 6:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Saturday, January 10 at 3:30 pm EST

Rachell's Standing Desk #3301 [TV-G]
Give your butt joints a break with the tenons and dovetails that connect this pine standing desk from Pennsylvania.

  • KET Wednesday, December 31 at 5:00 am EST

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

  • KET2 Monday, January 5 at 6:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Saturday, January 17 at 3:30 pm EST

Rachell's Standing Desk 2 #3302 [TV-G]
The miter-clamped breadboard end makes a broad desktop that always stays flat.

  • KET Wednesday, January 7 at 5:00 am EST

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

  • KET2 Monday, January 12 at 6:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Saturday, January 24 at 3:30 pm EST

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, January 19 at 6:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Saturday, January 31 at 3:30 pm EST

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!

  • KET Wednesday, January 21 at 5:00 am EST

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

  • KET2 Monday, January 26 at 6:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Saturday, February 7 at 3:30 pm EST

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

  • KET Wednesday, January 28 at 5:00 am EST

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, February 2 at 6:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Saturday, February 14 at 3:30 pm EST

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

  • KET Wednesday, February 4 at 5:00 am EST

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

  • KET2 Monday, February 9 at 6:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Saturday, February 21 at 3:30 pm EST

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

  • KET Wednesday, February 11 at 5:00 am EST

Taming The Timber Bench #3401 [TV-G]
Your legs will stay tight in this German carpenter's bench built with stopped sliding dovetails.

  • KET2 Monday, February 16 at 6:00 pm EST

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.

  • KET Wednesday, February 18 at 5:00 am EST

Pinch Rod and Squeezy Blocks #3402 [TV-G]
This pair of sliding diagonal rods with copper collars will help you get your chests square.

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

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.

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

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.

  • KET Wednesday, March 4 at 5:00 am EST

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.

  • KET Wednesday, March 11 at 5:00 am EST

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.

  • KET Wednesday, March 18 at 5:00 am 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, 2015 at 5:00 am EST
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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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