I’ve heard before from others in the “making” or woodworking communities I’m a little behind the times. I make cigar box guitars when they were totally two years ago. Or I teach developmental woodworking in manner more suited to a different century. So of course, I discover a sweet little hand tool project about a year too late. Good thing great projects don’t age.
The Gottshall Block is a small project – just a few cuts and nicks with a chisel. It takes about three to five forty-five minute sessions to complete for a student at about the third grade level. The students learn the basic skills in cutting and cleaning up a dado, gain (stopped dado), rabbet and mortise. I do the layout on the first run through. I just ask the students to cut and pare. Second run through, I will be having the students learn how to layout with a few shop-made squares. I do expect them to have a difficult time managing that task, but I welcome the chance to improve their measurement skills.
To check out the original source material, why don’t you follow this link:
Making Antique Furniture Reproductions: Instructions and Measured Drawings … – Franklin H. Gottshall – Google Books.
Make it safe & keep the rubber side down this week.