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Woodwright's Shop, The

Woodwright's Shop, The

Roy Underhill

Host of The Woodwright's Shop, Roy's formidable woodworking skills, passion for teaching and irrepressible charm result in part history lesson, part spontaneous entertainment.


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Joiner's Tool Chest (Part 1)
#2802
Pack up your tools in this little dovetailed chest of pine.


Joiner's Tool Chest (Part 2)
#2803
Finish the chest with a mitered and paneled lid and a tongue-and-groove bottom.


Thomas Jefferson's Bookstand
#2804
The sage of Monticello based his five-sided bookstand on designs he found in Paris.


Classical Carving
#2805
First lessons in fine furniture carving from Mack Headley, master of the Colonial Williamsburg cabinet shop.


File Philosophy
#2806
Master blacksmith Peter Ross shows the technique of cold joining and shaping colonial locks and hinges.


A Very Boring Program
#2807
From bits to braces, augers to angle borers and even "boring a square hole." You know the drill!


Lumberjack Fan Carving
#2808
A Michigan master of folk carving whittles white cedar fans and birds of a wooden feather.


Animated Wooden Toys
#2809
Imagination (and a few strings) makes these carved critters come to life.


Hammer Veneer
#2810
Master musical instrument makers show the classical technique of hand cutting and applying fine wood veneer.


Holly Wood Spectacular
#2811
Create your own decorative veneer patterns using oval engines, sharp knives and patient perfectionism.


A Viking Tool Chest
#2812
Welsh chair bodger Don Weber turns his hand to recreating a medieval tool kit.


Woodworking In Berea
#2813
From chair building to instrument making to fine furniture collections, this Kentucky town has woodworking in its blood.


Dovetailed Grease Pot
#2901
Walnut and boxwood make a little box with a secret lock to stash the woodworker's pal.


Secrets of the Whirlygig
#2902
Grinding forever as his wife cranks the stone, the whirlygig man turns our hand to mechanical toys.


Shaker Rocker Frame
#2903
The Shakers were rocking in this classic chair of turned and steam-bent maple.


Shaker Rocker Seat
#2904
Traditional Shaker worsted tape in checkerboard patterns makes a sweet seat.


Mary May, Woodcarver
#2905
A Charleston woodcarver shows how she creates details of delight.


Wood and Water
#2906
Swelling and shrinking, bending and breaking, the worker with wood must be wetness aware!


Steam Power Sawmill
#2907
Fired by wood scraps, a giant steam engine drives ancient saws and window sash mills.


Harvard Side Table
#2908
With artful arched feet and tenoned trestle top, this Shaker side table stands sturdy and fine.


A Crutch In Time
#2909
Strong and resilient, wood has the lively lightness to support a leg when it's lacking.


Hancock Pedestal Table
#2910
With its turned top and dovetailed legs, this walnut tripod table is a classic of American design.


Brian Boggs, Chairmaker
#2911
An Asheville artisan shows the secrets of the steam-bent green-wood chair


Corner Cupboard - Part 1
#2912
Build the frame and panel door of this corner cupboard - an early American classic.


Corner Cupboard - Part 2
#2913
Complete your corner cupboard with glass casement doors and molded crown.


Case of the Corner Cupboard
#3001
Long splined miters anyone? That's how you join the coffin-like case of this 18th-century corner cupboard. See how to make the special jigs to hand plane this crucial joint with precision and dignity.


Making Marvelous Moldings
#3002
You can make any complex molding you want with simple hand planes -just take it one curve at a time. Bill Anderson and Roy show how to flute your pilasters and carve your cornice for this comely corner cupboard.


Mind Over Miter
#3003
This butt joint of distinction joins everything from picture frames to crown moldings. Learn all the angles and see how to carefully cut corners as we master the miter box for fitting frames and fine furniture.


The Till in the Tool Chest
#3004
We'll delve into the drawers in search of the secret of an old tool chest. The quality of the tools shows that it belonged to a first-class joiner back in the early 1800s, but the dovetail joints break all the rules.


Continuous Arm Rocking Chair - Part 1
#3005
Chairmaker Elia Bizzarri joins us to make this elegant and comfortable rocking chair. We'll turn the legs and frame the seat in part one of this American classic.

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In The Woodwright’s Shop, host Roy Underhill takes traditional woodworking to exciting, old levels as he explores and celebrates one of the hottest green trends today — sustainable energy. Rejoice with Roy in the ways of yesterday, when power tools were tools under human power fueled by sweat and strength.

Along the way, Roy discovers that, once again, the Shakers were right. Under their own power, they made enduring treasures of American furniture. Join Roy and his colorful guests this season as they follow the Shakers well-worn path, making chairs and tables and other heirloom-worthy pieces using classic hand tools and found wood.

It’s more muscle-powered magic from The Woodwright’s Shop — green before green was cool


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