Worked: A Bench Guide to Hand-Tool Efficiency & Joined: A Bench Guide to Furniture Joinery
By: Joshua A. Klein
In Joined: A Bench Guide to Furniture Joinery, author Joshua A. Klein thoughtfully guides the reader through the most commonly used joinery found in furniture: dovetails, dadoes, mortise and tenons, and rabbets. But instead of employing precise dimensions, angles, and diagrams, Klein focuses on the skills and techniques that enable an artisan to adapt and cut joinery for almost any project. This is not a book of “DIY tricks” for making dovetails in half the time. Rather, it is a step-by-step guide to understanding, laying out, and efficiently executing joinery, based on the methods of period craftsmen as shown in the furniture they made. Klein shows where precision is important (“sacred” show surfaces, visible tenon shoulders) and where it doesn’t matter in the least (the inside of rails). More importantly, he helps the reader understand each step of the process, explaining why as well as how to use the tools in a specific manner.
In Worked: A Bench Guide to Hand-Tool Efficiency, author Joshua A. Klein shows the mindset of the period woodworker as a project unfolds. He demonstrates the most efficient body postures to generate maximum power for ripping a board, how crosscutting with a sawbench utilizes the combined forces of the cutting sawteeth and body weight to firmly hold the lumber in place, and why sitting on your workpiece might be the best way to secure it. Eschewing locked-down, difficult-to-adjust workholding methods, Klein shows us how simple bench hooks, pegs, body weight, and human-powered vises like the shaving horse can be best utilized for speed and enjoyment.