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QAVideo

You asked for it, you got it. Philip C. Lowe of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts answers questions from our forum in this video Q&A. During a recent video shoot with we snagged a bit of time for this informal video extra

 FlameFinialVideo

Watch a step-by-step demonstration on making this elegant swirl. Lowe simplifies the process by breaking down a complex-looking carving into a series of manageable steps

Download a PDF plan designed by Lowe for flame finial from this series.

DraftingVideo

Learn how to make this quintessential Queen Anne leg. This series covers turning a pad foot with minimal tooling. Rough out the leg shape. And fairing the leg to completion with hand tools.

Download a PDF plan of the cabriole leg from this series

Carving an American Style Video

Furniture Maker Phillip Lowe demonstrates some of the same techniques that Samuel McIntire used during his career in the late 18th century as Salem. Artist Profile: Phil talks about McIntire. Behind The Scenes: Phil Lowe Making a Desk Rosette. Behind The Scenes: Carving Tools

Seymore Dressing Table

Luxury and Innovation - Furniture Masterworks by John and Thomas Seymore at the Peabody Essex Museum November 17, 2003 to February 16, 2004

BookcaseVideo

Join award-winning woodworker and teacher Philip C. Lowe in this video workshop, building a bookcase with adjustable shelves. You'll get two options for the base. The basic case has a flat-bracket base, with simple curves cut on the bandsaw. Or, you can substitute an ogee bracket foot. Highlights include:

More than 1 hour of video instruction.

Useful techniques that simplify how you edge the plywood, handle large sheets of plywood, and shape moldings.

 

HandplanesVideo

Phil Lowe answers eight essentialquestions regarding handplanes. Phil answers issues regarding the right camber or crown to how to flatten wide boards. You will find these tips very usefull.

DovetailSawVideo

Phil Lowe demonstrates the cutting techniques that lead to tight-fitting dovetail joints.

Master craftsman Philip C. Lowe of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts shows how to use a burnisher to sharpen cabinet and card scrapers.

Phil Lowe of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts carves a shell at the site of a Revolutionary War-era joiner's shop in Duxbury, Massachusetts. This element of natural beauty would adorn many chests of drawers and desks assembled by an 18th century cabinetmaker.

Phil Lowe of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts carves a Ball and Claw foot at the site of a Revolutionary War-era joiner's shop in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

Phil Lowe of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts carves a splat (element of a chair back) at the site of a Revolutionary War-era joiner's shop in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

Learn how to turn a classic Shaker drawer pull at the lathe.

Period furniture maker Philip C. Lowe demonstrates the right way to use your bench chisel when paring joinery and mortising for hinges.