History: Woodworking in the 1600's

Forum: Furniture-making

You know how the internet goes, you start out one place and you end up at ….. woodworking in the 1600’s! Of course!

This is a clip from the ebookThe Project Gutenberg EBook of Woodworking Tools 1600-1900, by Peter C. Welsh

“The boxmaker and turner as pictured by Comenius required planes (3 and 5), workbench (4), auger (6), knife (7), and lathe (14). (From Johann Amos Comenius, Orbis Sensualium Pictus. Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.)”

And what do we require, in 2014?

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Mike40 ...

I remember the 1600’s, wood and tools were a lot cheaper then, but woodworking knowledge was a lot more expensive and they didn’t have Youtube.

MsDebbieP ...

what do you mean, “no Youtube”? There’s always been Youtube, hasn’t there? :)

Martin Sojka ...

There was no SawStop but I remember Youtube as well.

MsDebbieP ...

You know you’re old when ….. you remember a time when there wasn’t SawStop ;)

Mike40 ...

That wasn’t youtube Debbie and Martin that was a ‘Lantern Magica’ which used analog candlelight to prosject silhouettes. I remember them well.

Saw Stops were already in use too. They were called limbs back then, and no kidding my grandfather almost cut his entire foot off in a homemade circle saw on the farm. They did manage to save it, but he needed a cane after that.

MsDebbieP ...

sure glad you remember the 1600’s so well….
yikes re: your grandfather ….

Wolf (& Rabbit!) ...

Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o’clock at night half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad and our mother would kill us and dance about on our graves singing Hallelujah.
M. Python, “Four Yorkshiremen”

MsDebbieP ...

ah the good ol’ days!

lanwater ...

Thanks for reminding me about the Gutenberg project MsDebbie.
I had totally forgotten about it

MsDebbieP ...

Glad I could help :)

Brian ...

I will download it now! Thanks! I’ve read many sea adventure novels obtained from the Gutenberg site. Great resource.

HorizontalMike ...

“Gutenberg EBook "

Those two words next to each other, the perfect oxymoron!


Mike40 ...

Sure Mike, you know, wooden digits.