Cabinetmakers shop at Upper Canada Village (ii)

The tools used in the shop are of 19th century origin.  From looking around the workshop, it is clear that there are no specific tool cabinets, or even chests. Most tools are stored on simple shelves. Saws consist of both panel saws and frame saws.


The workshop had an extensive collection of moulding planes, which was normal for the time period, and no metal planes, as they only really started coming into the market in the early 1860s.


Many of the tools are manufactured as required – steel for planes and chisels may have been bought, and then handles fashioned by the cabinetmaker. Similarly with planes, blades could be re-used, and new planes fashioned around them. A great example is the array of wooden clamps. The wooden screws would have been made on the foot-lathe, and threads cut using a home-made thread-box.


Another unique feature was the wood bending table. The wood would is boiled for a certain period, usually 1 hour for every 1″ of wood thickness, (not steamed, because the set-up for this would have been much more complex), and then set in the form, which could be easily modified with the addition of new holes.







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