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Federal dining table by Duncan Phyfe

Federal dining table by Duncan Phyfe

Exact replica of historic 20-ft. dining table owned by Martin Van Buren

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Williamsburg Knife Box - Part 6

Williamsburg Knife Box - Part 6

We're getting close to the end of this series - one more to do after this one, covering the base molding. In this penultimate part, we will add the Handle to the existing assembly of the Knife Box...

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Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 5

Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 5

In the last blog post (Part 4), I showed making the dovetail pins in the Side component. In this video, I show how to use these already-made pins to create the matching tails in the End...

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Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 4

Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 4

In the last Part 3 of this series, I showed making the full-length Side and End components for the Williamsburg Knife Box. I also copied and flipped these components and placed on a full width box...

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Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 3

Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 3

This is Part 3 of a series of videos on building the Williamsburg Knife Box. In the previous blog entry, I showed the making of the half length symmetrical End and Side components, and ensuring that...

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Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 2

Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 2

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My last blog entry set the stage for building this Knife Box, one that was presented at the January Williamsburg conference "Working Wood in the 18th Century". This video is second in the series...

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Knife Box - Williamsburg Conference

Knife Box - Williamsburg Conference

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Here's a worthy challenge for woodworkers using SketchUp. Modeling this Williamsburg Knife Box requires execution of most key SketchUp Tools and features. The Box's compound angles, bold scroll...

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The Back Rest on a Corner Chair

The Back Rest on a Corner Chair

I built one of these corner chairs in 1982 - it would have been nice to have access to SketchUp at that time. Recently, I modeled the chair - it is based on a sketch by Wallace Nutting in his book...

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Period Furniture, Old & New, Exhibition in Hartford, CT

Period Furniture, Old & New, Exhibition in Hartford, CT

The Connecticut Historical Society and the Society of American Period Furniture Makers have collaborated on a show presenting original pieces and modern reproductions along side each other.

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Open the Door

Open the Door

Sometimes it's good to show the inside of the cabinet. A viewer may want to know the number of shelves,  or what it looks like inside. So often I'm preparing a separate scene with a view inside...

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Evolving a Design in SketchUp

Evolving a Design in SketchUp

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When beginning a new design, I plan on saving several SketchUp versions as the project develops. I will start with a "1" after the filename, and continue with "2, 3, 4, 5…. etc." when changing...

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Tanning beds accelerate aging for cherry, not just humans

Tanning beds accelerate aging for cherry, not just humans

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Although overuse of tanning beds by people can lead to a skin cancer risk, they are great for helping to bring out that deep patina that usually only comes with age.

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Creative musings

Creative musings

While on tour, FW Associate Editor Vlad Smishkewych meets fellow woodworkers within the music scene, gets to see a few wonderful pieces, and ponders the meaning of life for woodworkers and musicians.

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Feels good to be back at Colonial Williamsburgs hand tool conference

Feels good to be back at Colonial Williamsburg's hand tool conference

FWW co-sponsors a wonderful event,"Working Wood in the 18th Century," every year at Colonial Williamsburg. The presenters started bending and cutting wood right away this year.

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Flutes on the Pilasters

Flutes on the Pilasters

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I'm developing a model of a famous American Corner Cupboard. I built this piece years ago but did not have the advantage of a SketchUp model. Here's the current status of the model (finished except...

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Dower Chest with Solid Tools

Dower Chest with Solid Tools

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I'm working on a reproduction of a Pennsylvania Dower Chest and have enjoyed experimenting with the new Solid Tools that are a part of Pro version 8.  The same results can be achieved with the...

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The long, winding road to Fine Woodworking

The long, winding road to Fine Woodworking

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Fine Woodworking's newest associate editor talks about Spain, hurdy-gurdies, and his unlikely path to being a part of his favorite magazine.

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The Curule Construction - and Ancient X-frame Chair Design

The Curule Construction - and Ancient X-frame Chair Design

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While developing the Jefferson Campeche Chair (first in SketchUp, then in the shop), I ran across an interesting 20-page document titled, "The Campeche Chair in The Metropolitan Museum of Art". This...

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Placing a Leather Sling on the Campeche Chair

Placing a Leather Sling on the Campeche Chair

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I'm progressing with the construction of the Campeche Chair. All of the components are dry-fitted, so glue-up, shaping, finishing, and finally leather fastening are yet to do. I found a large piece...

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The Campeche Chair Upholstery Rail

The Campeche Chair Upholstery Rail

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It was early in 2010 that I first reported on the Campeche Chair shown in the Williamsburg conference "Working Wood in the 18th Century". I modeled-up the chair but never completed the design...

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