Handcut tenon – Atelier Espenaer

Handcut tenon

A handcut tenon

A handcut tenon that is supposed to fit in a blind mortise.

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Their first joints

This week the course participants were introduced to the material they have been working with the last two sessions. What is hardwood and softwood? What to pay attention to when it comes to the macroscopic properties of wood? Hopefully they can tell now

The course participants also set out to cut their first joint elements this week. How will the joints turn out? Stay tuned!

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No. 78

Stanley no. 78 rabbet plane

Cutting a rabbet with that lovely no. 78 ❤

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A quick job for the atelier

Cutting a mortise

Currently busy with a quick job for the atelier. Stay tuned to find out what it will become…

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Getting the hang of it







During yesterday’s session, course participants got familiar with three basic woodworking methods: sawing, planing, and chiseling. With the newly acquired knowledge and instructions they set out to practice their skills. They are slowly but surely getting the hang of it!

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Facilitating a toddler’s creativity

Laurier - Child's desk and bench combination
Laurier is a children’s desk and bench combination made for a client as part of our bespoke service. Built to facilitate a toddler’s creativity, it will hopefully rekindle that youthful creative spirit in adults too.

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Handshaped elm peaks

The peaks on each of the four legs are handshaped.

The peaks of our side table Geraamte were shaped by hand using a combination of hand planes, files, and sanding paper.

For more photos and information visit Geraamte’s product page in our online shop.

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The most common lumber in the Netherlands

Reclaimed Norway Spruce boards in our atelier

As part of our commitment to sustainability we strongly favor reusing materials. Here you see a number of long Norway spruce (Picea Abies) boards retrieved from the logistics sector. These boards are normally disposed of after the transport, but in our atelier they get a second life.

Norway spruce is probably the most common type of lumber used in the Netherlands, the majority of it being imported from other European countries. It comes in a pale whitish-yellowish color, so to increase its potential in terms of creativity and design, we sometimes add a different hue to it.

For more about environmentalism and our overall philosophy, make sure to read our manifesto.

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Work spaces available at Atelier Espenaer

Woodworking is most fun and creative when you get to do it free of any limitations and concerns. Ideally, you would have a space where you have easy access to a variety of tools and where you’re not concerned about getting the place dirty or disturbing your cohabitants or neighbors with all that hammering and sawing. Are you looking for such a place too?

Espenaer is now offering fully equipped work places in its own atelier in Amsterdam-West for woodworking enthusiasts. For more information click here.

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