Articles from Ian Kirby
Comparison of Yew and Poplar Lumber Coloration from Sapwood and Heartwood
Some wood colorations are extremely affected by the amount of sapwood in the grain, while the heartwood of others is barely changed at all.
Ian Kirby Woodworking Design: Laying Out Casework and Cuboid Furniture
Cuboids are often difficult to design in the shop because they can’t rely on unique shapes and still function, but there is still a way to give them some charm.
Ian Kirby Woodworking Design: Viewing Wood Projects in Photo Negative
When considering form and spacing in projects, master woodworker Ian Kirby suggests that you consider the project as a photo negativ
Ian Kirby Woodworking Design: Utilizing Form and Space, Sketch-Ups and Mockups
In the second part of his design series, master woodworkers Ian Kirby demonstrates how to design and plan out a project before getting started.
Can You Glue Up Decorative Molding Against Grain on Real Wood or MDF Projects
Applying decorative moldings to a project can be made difficult if you are trying to apply it against the grain of the wood, unless you use man-made materials.
Ian Kirby Woodworking Design: Understanding Form and Space in Woodworking
Understanding the form a project will eventually take is as much about the space it doesn’t. In this lesson, Ian Kirby looks at the use of space in his plans.
Ian Kirby Woodworking Design: Understanding Furniture Layout Proportions
Understanding proper proportions is the key to making good furniture in your workshop, as master woodworker Ian Kirby demonstrates.
Ian Kirby Woodworking Design: Hand Cutting Mortises with Chisel and Mallet
While there are many devices in a workshop that can cut mortises, but Ian Kirby prefers the tried and true method of cutting them with a mallet and chisel.
Ian Kirby Woodworking Design: Measuring Tools from Straightedge to Squares
There are several measuring tools that can help you in your shop instead of trying to eyeball all your measurements, master woodworker Ian Kirby shows the essentials.
Ian Kirby Woodworking Design: Squaring Up Measurements with Tape Measure or Pinch Rods
Measuring diagonals with your tape measure can sometimes be inaccurate, but some well cut scrap and a tactile fit may be the solution for squaring up diagonals.