Artisan Program

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This is long-term project being undertaken by Remmert Studios for those who wish to gain further insight into the world of high end furniture-making.  Originally it began as a training program for our new studio artisans but we believe it could benefit others as well and have chosen to publish it here.

 

 

Remmert Studios Artisan Program

 

Hoadley’s Understanding Wood – select chapters

Chapter 1 – The Nature of Wood

Earlywood, Latewood, Pith, heartwood, sapwood

Bark when cut summer or winter?

Grain

Rays

Chapter 2 – Figure in Wood

Difference between figure and grain

Types of cuts

Rift

Flatsawn

Quartered

Types of figure

Curly

Birdseye

Crotch

Fiddleback/ Tiger maple

Ribbon or striped

Interlocking grain

Burl

Blister

Juvenile wood and reaction wood

Chapter 4 – Strength of Wood (CLICK  TO VIEW)

How to orient wood for strength

Compression

Bending

Shearing

Beam mechanics

Chapter 6 – Water and Wood (CLICK TO VIEW)

Moisture content

Typical kiln dried

Typical air dried

Wood shrinkage

Tangential

Longitudinal

Radial

Types of warpage

Cup

Bow

Twist

Diamond

Crook

Kink

Chapter 7 – Coping With Dimensional Change in Wood (CLICK TO VIEW)

Preshrinking

Moisture absorption control

Design

Chapter 9 – Machining and Bending Wood

Three types of orthogonal cutting

Geometry of cutting edges

Chapter 10 – Joining Wood

Four types of joints

Nails

Screws

Chapter 11 – Adhesives and Gluing

Fundamentals of good joints

Properly dried wood

Close fit of parts

Clean cuts

Surface cleanliness

Shelf life of glue

Proper wetting

Proper clamp pressure

Chapter 12 – Finishing and Protecting Wood

Purpose of finish

Slow moisture loss/absorption

UV protection

Provide cleanable surface

Finishing tips

Temperature of workpiece

 

Mechanical Drawing Book

Chapter 3 – Lettering

Practice drawing letters and numbers

Chapter 4 – Drafting Constructions

Learn techniques for laying out geometry

Chapter 5 – Theory of Shape Description

Understand orthographic projection

Convert 3d to orthographic

Convert Orthographic to 3D

Chapter 6 – Sketching

Sketch isometric

Sketch perspective

 

Sketchup

Using the tools

http://sketchup.google.com/training/videos/new_to_gsu.html

Installing and using plugins

http://sketchuptips.blogspot.com/2008/03/how-to-download-and-install-plugins.html

Shortcuts

Use plugin tool to print list

Remmert Studios Project Format

Naming Conventions

Drawing settings

Fractional dimensions

1/64″ precision

Length snapping to 1/64″

Components

View Layouts

Overview (multiple views for large projects) with overall dimensions

Exploded View (multiple views for large projects)

Layouts of complex components

Cutlist view

Generating Cutlists

Export cutlist as .csv

Edit In Excel and save as Excel workbook.

Export Layouts as .svg

 

Material Selection

Drawing from Understanding Wood

Solid Wood

Plywood

MDF

Veneer

Partical Board

Layout techniques

Tools

Square

Pencil

Marking Knife

Marking Gauge

T-Bevel

Methods

Transferring lines around a board

Marking lines parallel to edge

Marking angled lines

Connecting two marks with a line

Finding the center between parallel lines

 

Marc Adams Joinery DVD

 

Hand Tools

Chisels

Tuneup and Sharpening

Trimming and Cutting techniques

Trimming and Chopping Practice

Saws

Tuneup and Sharpening

Cutting Techniques

Cutting Practice

Handplanes

Types of Planes

Block

Bench

Scraper

Smoothing

Bevel up vs. Bevel Down

Low Angle Planes

Tuneup and Sharpening

Fixtures

Planing Practice

 

Practice Hand-Cutting Joints

Single Tail Dovetail

Lap Joint

Mortise and Tenon

Two Tail Dovetail

Three Tail Dovetail

Four-Sided Box With Three Tails Per Joint

 

Veneering primer

Flattening

Cutting Techniques

Veneer Saw

Chisel

Knife

Veneer Slitter

Packetizing

Scroll Saw

 

Veneering Videos

Marc Adams

Paul Schurch optional

 

Marc Adams Safety DVD

 

Machinery primer

Discussion on Force and Control Points

Table Saw

Band Saw

Jointer

Drill Press

Router Table/Shaper

Bench Grinder

Buffer

Setup and Operation

Achieving Control and Accuracy

 

Jig-making primer

When to Use

Identifying Right Tool or Machine

Tips and Techniques for Good Performance

 

Surface Preparation

Overview

Sanding

Scraping

Hand-Planing

Finishing primer

Stains

Dye

Pigments

Binders

NGR Stain

Water-Base

Oil-Base

Toners

Glazes

Types of Top Coats

Pre Catalyzed Lacquer

Post Catalyzed Lacquer

Water-Base

Oil

Shellac

Polyurethane

Paint

Application Methods

Brush

Pad

Rag

Spray Gun

Jeff Jewitt’s hands on finishing video

 

Furniture Design

Periods of Furniture-Making

Books for Study

Modern Cabinetmaking pages 23-31

Greene and Greene: Poems of Wood and Light

In the Arts and Crafts Style

Common Design Elements

Balance

In Symmetry

In Asymmetry

Proportion

Golden Rectangle

Golden Spiral

Progression

Shaker Method

Linear

Negative Space

Important!  Reason Behind Every Design Choice

 

Project Planning(CLICK TO VIEW)

Purpose or Function of Piece

Generating the Form or Idea

                 Doodle Many Ideas

                 Create Variations

                 Refine One Idea

                 Evaluation

Choosing Materials

Choosing Joinery

Develop the Model

Troubleshoot Potential Issues

Identify Fabrication Processes

Create Working Drawings

Generate Bill of Materials