Woodworking tools have been used for centuries, and many of the tools seen today are similar to old ones. The ancient Egyptians put models of tools into tombs, and these, together with many wall paintings, have left a good record of early woodworking. By the first part of the sixteenth century, houses were built by carpenters. Then cabinetmakers, who built furniture, and joiners, who did interior trim, began to specialize. The man known as a wood turner made rounded pieces turned on a lathe. Soon there were even more specialists. The chairmaker made a chair frame, then had it enhanced by a carver.


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