I make 18th c style furniture using the tools and techniques of the period.  The resulting pieces are among the most accurate reproductions on the market today.
 
In 2005 and again in 2008, Early American Life Magazine chose me for their directory of the Top 200 Traditional Artisans in the U.S.
 
In addition to making period furniture, I write about 18th century woodworking for Popular Woodworking magazine, where I serve as a contributing editor.
 
To learn more about the furniture I make, click furniture here or at left.  
 
To order a piece of furniture for your home or office, click purchasing here or at left.
Adam Cherubini
hand-made 18th c furniture
Cinnaminson New Jersey
I feel strongly that the tools used by 18th c craftsmen greatly influenced their work. By using these tools exclusively, I've found they are capable of producing wide variety of items efficiently.
 
SHOP NEWS:

October 28 - SAW NEWS
For those who have not received their saws, instead of continuing to fill individual orders, I'm bulding everyone's saws at once. And I'm almost done. This has allowed me to take advantage of "mini production runs" (though this means not putting done a gouge or mill file all day long). It's also allowed me to make global changes to the whole product line, which I'm very excited about. The latest saws will have new handles, with slightly different angles, and blades that taper more aggressively. These changes, while subtle in appearance, bring these new blades more in line with those in Williamsburg and make minor performance changes that I found beneficial. (I'm only talking about the back saws. The long saws are still very rectangular.)

One issue that I'm struggling with is hardware. Saws from this period generally had their handles held on by rivets. I've made screws that look like rivets. So the question is: what I should do for the nuts? Pretty sure Mack Headley's saws have a star shaped nut or washer on the back side. Whatever it is, it sits proud of the handle. This concerns me because I hang my saws 3 to a peg. The egdes of those stars (not to mention that protruding screw) will scratch their neighbors handles or screws. Tightening the stars would certainly scratch the handles. So I think I've decided to go with split nuts. But this is where I am. I've got far more time invested in these saws than any real business person should. But because this run of saws is limited in number, I feel, with your continued patience, that I can strive for the absolute best, most authentic and fun to use saw available. I don't mind spending the extra time if you don't mind the wait. This is something that is fun for me and I'm looking forward to your reactions when you finally get your blades.

Many of you have asked about a makers' mark. I've made 2 stamps, and I'm thrilled by neither of them. What I would like is a tiny stamp for the brass. But what would I do for the saws without brass spines? 18th c saw makers didn't always mark their products. This may be why. I could potentially mark the "rivet" heads. Or place a stamp on the handle. But dt saws have almost no place outside of the grip that is large enough for more than initials. I could try making smaller, finer stamps, but these are time consuming to make. I'll let you know what I decide and why.

For those of you who didn't get your orders in before the shopping carts shut down, know that there is no waiting list. I see no difference between an order log and a waiting list. The next production run will probably be 100% on spec. Those tools will go on sale and will be sold off first come first served or on ebay or something. At least, that's what I'm thinking right now. What I can say with 90% certainty is that there WILL be another production run. So if you want saws from me, you will be able to get them eventually.

To all of my customers, I apologize for the delay. I hope to have a clear order book shortly after Christmas. I understand if any of you would like to cancel your order. For anyone who has paid in advance, full refunds will be available. Our community has seen some boutique tool makers go under. I'm not in that position. Every remaining customer's blade, handle, rivet/screws, and spine is in my shop. Many of them are very nearly finished.

August 22 - ALL SAW ORDERS SUSPENDED
I really appreciate the overwhelming response I've received for my tools. Thanks to all of you who have placed orders. But I have to stop accepting orders from new customers. Existing customers whose orders have not yet shipped may be permitted to increase their orders. See Arts & Mysteries for more information about what I'm doing and what to expect in the future.

Adam

June 11 - TOOLS FOR SALE!
On a recent trip to Colonial Williamsburg, I became interested in the reproduction saws used in the Anthony Hay cabinetshop. The saws reproduced and used were carefully patterned on a few surviving examples and some period documents from the third quarter of the 18th c.


CWF Master Mack Headley's saws.

I find these early designs compelling. The long saw blades are more rectangular than the Seaton chest saws. The tenon saws handles are so low the spine protrudes above the handle. Tests with these saws confirmed my initial suspicions. This feature allows the blade to cut deeper with no loss or perhaps even an increase in control. Generally the closer your hand's line of action is to the toothed edge, the more control you have. Think Japanese saw. The downside is this design is that it is intolerant of dull saws.

These are the saws I've decided to reproduce. These are the saws I've decided to offer for sale. I can guarantee you I won't be making saws for long. I've invested little in stream lining saw production. If you are at all interested in these saws, buy them now. Hey look at it this way; they may be collectors' items someday! The early Independence (now Lie-Nielsen) saws are!

Adam

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April 16 - Voted one of the best in 2008!
I've once again been selected by Early American Life magazine for inclusion in their prestigious Directory of Traditional American Craftsmen. Each year, a panel of judges including museum curators, dealers, and other experts, review submissions and choose the best of what they find. According to EAL's publisher Tess Rosch, "judges look for authentic design and workmanship...". "Scholarship, as well as the use of period tools and techniques, is particularly valued in this competition." The official press release states: "One goal of the Directory is to help preserve traditional handcrafts, part of our culture that is rapidly being lost in the digital age. Many of these skills were passed down from master to apprentice for hundreds of years, but now few new people choose to learn and master them. If our traditional arts are lost, we have forgotten a part of who we are as Americans."
I couldn't agree more with EAL. And I'm doing just about everything I can to preserve and in many cases rediscover our craft heritage. I share my experience with woodworkers through the pages of Popular Woodworking magazine, through personal visits to woodworking groups, and demonstrate for visitors to Pennsbury Manor. But you have to do your part too. If preserving our past is important to you, be sure to patronize me and the other craftspeople in EALs directory. And help EAL continue their mission by becoming a subscriber. Look for the full list of craftsmen honored in the August issue of Early American Life magazine. It should be on news stands in late June.

Adam