Join Roy for Season Sixteen and learn how to make a “secret dovetailed box,” travel to Alsace, France and discover woodworking traditions, create wooden screws and so much more! For over 30 years, Roy Underhill has been educating and entertaining audiences with his unrivaled knowledge of traditional hand tools and wood building techniques.
Each episode is filled with classic woodworking techniques and how-tos, including:
Arts & Crafts Bookcase — Learn the steps to recreate a knock down bookcase originally built by the Roycrofters of East Aurora, New York.
The Secret Dovetailed Box — Roy shows how to make a small box using a hidden dovetail joint that looks like a miter joint when complete.
Wood Inlay — This episode starts by making a scratch stock tool necessary to create the grooves for the simple Holly inlay that follows.
The Giant Chisels of Gaul — Roy visits local blacksmith shops and museums in the Alsace region of France in search of a giant chisel.
Roll Top Cabinetry — Using a roll-top joinery process, Roy creates a small box with tambour doors.
African Drum — Roy shows how to build an “African” drum that originally came from colonial America.
Woodcraft of Alsace, France — Roy continues his visit to the Alsace region looking at woodworking and timber-building traditions.
Comb-Back Windsor Chair — In this two-part project, Roy shows the steps to create a classic comb-back Windsor chair.
Sand-Powered Wooden Toys — Roy builds two simple toys: an interlocking-joint puzzle; and a sand-powered whirligig.
Cutting the Knuckle-Hinge Joint — Learn to create the useful knuckle-hinge joint and, just for fun, whittle a wooden pair of pliers.
Making Wooden Screws — Roy shows how to use a tap and screw box to create wooden screws for use in shop and furniture projects.
The Pencil People — Learn the history of writing instruments and the evolution of the pencil, then look at a variety of pencil sharpeners from the past.