The use of dovetails can be traced back millennia to the Egyptians and the ancient Chinese, who used dovetails in their furniture. It is one of the strongest methods of joining two boards together at right angles. If the appearance of dovetails in a piece is not important, then the through dovetail can be employed, which is the simplest method to master.
Several years ago a friend of mine approached me saying that he wanted my help to make a shaker rocking chair. After looking through several reference books, it was clear that in order to get the shape needed for the back legs and the splats we were going to have to bend the wood, a technique I wasn’t terribly familiar with.
It’s amazing what you can find in your local English carboot sale.
Who doesn’t like a nice pair of hand crafted wooden salad tongs? These elegant salad tongs are handmade using a bent wood technique that creates a natural spring.
La presse latérale d’établi – Outillage pour le bois
Making a lateral bench press tool for wood.