Questions tagged [history]

Questions pertaining to the history of woodworking: study of terminology, techniques and tools

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What does a hex nut say about the age of a butcher block?

I just bought an old, thick butcher block (~16”) that has loosened up over the years and I can’t determine how old it is. It does have ~5/8” through rods that have washers and hex nuts on them. I ...
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Traditional Japanese method of sealing wood?

When green wood is air dried, the first step is to seal the ends. What is the traditional Japanese method of sealing the ends?
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What is the oldest type of wood finish that we know of which can still be used today?

Anything in past human history would qualify as long as it can still be used today for finishing wood. For clarity, I am interested in creating replicas of objects such as ancient tools or common-use ...
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What drove the design for the traditional tang?

My terminology might be off as I am basing it on the image below Many traditional bits and tools used the tang style end. I am trying to figure out why that was the standard at the time. Was it power ...
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When did people start using plywood rather than real hardwood?

It seems like old furniture is usually built using nice solid wood but recently (from my perspective) there has been a huge surge of plywood use even in handmade furniture. When did this start ...