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Offerman's NBC alter ego: Parks & Recreation character Ron Swanson.
Tour Nick Offerman’s Workshop Level Big Slab in No Time FlatRouter Jig Turns Stumps into Beautiful Side Tables
That’s it, as senior web producer at FineWoodworking.com, I’m putting my foot down. From here on out, the man known as Nick Offerman will be referred to as a “woodworker” first, and “actor” second.
Many of you may recognize the Man with the Stache as “Ron Swanson,” of NBC’s Parks & Recreation. And although he may earn the majority of his bread and butter as a successful actor, it’s becoming increasingly apparent to me that his first love is with the wood/machinery/creation trifecta.
A few months ago, when Fine Woodworking published Offerman’s article on How to Level Big Slabs in No Time Flat, the editorial staff chose to run the cover article just as it would any other piece of FWW content: here’s a woodworker doing what they do best. That’s why you didn’t see any reference to NBC on the cover. The fact that Offerman was sporting a full beard at the time (and not the Swanson-esque mustache so many folks are accustomed to) also lent itself to the seriousness of the article. Lets face it: busting out a chainsaw to rough mill lumber before sending it off to a super-awesome homemade leveling jig is serious business.
After seeing Offerman’s recent interview with the Huffington Post, we know we made the right decision. Many thanks, Nick. Oh, and uhhh, who the heck is Ron Swanson?
In deference to Offerman and the article title he originally pitched for this piece on a slab-leveling jig, we'll refer to it as the Super-Kickass Offerman Leveling Jig for the purposes of this blog post.
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This is great! I'm posting it onto Offerman Woodshop's Facebook wall. I'm pretty sure he'll appreciate seeing his design built by someone else - and in action!
I have done so, Mr. Pirnik. Thanks!
stewdes: That's fantastic. Can you post a photo of the rig into our Jigs gallery?
Otherwise, you should absolutely post a photo to the Offerman Woodshop Facebook page!
I agree Mr. Pirnik, Mr. Offerman is a great resource to us woodworkers. I built his slab leveling jig and it works great! As I have already said, I look forward to riding his coattails again!
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