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This series demonstrates traditional furniture making.

TV Schedule

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

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

  • KET2 Saturday, January 24 at 3:30 pm EST
  • KET2 Monday, April 20 at 6:00 pm 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, January 26 at 6:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Saturday, February 7 at 3:30 pm EST
  • KET2 Monday, May 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm EDT

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

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 Saturday, January 31 at 3:30 pm EST
  • KET2 Monday, April 27 at 6:00 pm 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, February 2 at 6:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Saturday, February 14 at 3:30 pm EST
  • KET2 Monday, May 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm EDT

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
  • KET2 Monday, May 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm EDT

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

Tapered Tail Tripod Table 1 #3403 [TV-G]
Walnut legs riven from the log begin this table inspired by the 19th century Dominy workshops.

  • KET2 Monday, March 2 at 6:00 pm EST
  • KET2 Monday, March 9 at 6:00 pm 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

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 Monday, March 16 at 6:00 pm 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

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

  • KET2 Saturday, March 21 at 3:30 pm EST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, 2015 at 3:30 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, 2015 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, May 16, 2015 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, May 23, 2015 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, May 30, 2015 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, June 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm 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, 2015 at 3:30 pm EDT
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   University of North Carolina Press
   (800) 848-6224
   P.O. Box 2288
   Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2288

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

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