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Gazebo Roof Cedar Shake Installation Jigs

A few years back, I led a group of condo neighbors on a project to rebuild a gazebo on our property.  I had plenty of willing but marginally skilled workers, so I needed jigs to simplify the...

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Re: UPDATE: Furniture Design & Construction by Graham Blackburn

This would be an absolutely great addition to my thinking/ideas/challenges bookshelf.

Re: UPDATE: Making Frame and Panel Doors by Hendrik Varju

This would be a great addition to my techniques reference library.

Re: UPDATE: Making Drawers by Hendrik Varju

Among my visualized projects is one heavy with drawers -- this would sure get me closer to being able to tackle it.

Re: UPDATE: Weekend Woodturning Projects: 25 Simple projects for the home by Mark Baker

This would be a neat book for the bookshelf -- plenty of turning inspirations.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Beautiful Boxes: Design and Technique by Doug Stowe

I've only recently been bitten by the box making bug -- this would be a most appreciated addition to my new reference and ideas library.

Re: UPDATE: Finishing Wood from Fine Woodworking

This would a most appreciated addition to my woodworking bookshelf.

Re: UPDATE: Acts of Creation: America's Finest Hand Craftsmen at Work by Walt Harrington

This looks darn interesting... inspiring!

Re: UPDATE: A Lesson Plan for Wood Turning by James Rodgers

As a novice, this would be a welcomed bookshelf addition.

Re: UPDATE: Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman by Peter Korn

Sounds darn interesting -- maybe the "zen of woodworking"??

Re: UPDATE: Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Sharpening by Thomas Lie-Nielsen

This would be a great bookshelf addition for an area where I'm constantly working to improve my skills.

Re: UPDATE: The Unplugged Woodshop: Handcrafted Projects for the Home & Workshop by Tom Fidgen

Looks like a really fun book!!!

Re: UPDATE: Carving in the Round by Andrew Thomas and How to Carve Wood by Richard Butz

My carving experience pretty much boils down to glorified whittling back (way back) in Boy Scout days -- but every time I see a carving demo I become more interested in trying it for real. Heck... I've even started saving interesting wood for use. Real guidance (and inspiration) from these books would be of real benefit.

Re: UPDATE: Making a Welsh Stick Chair with Hugh Roberts

Looks like a neat project, a way to further stretch capabilities.

Re: UPDATE: Arts & Crafts Style Coffee Table with Gregory Paolini

I can just see that coffee table between me and the TV -- and I'd do at least one more as a gift. What a great prize!!

Re: UPDATE: Making Wood Tools with John Wilson

This would be a great addition to my woodworking library -- opportunity to watch a real pro make tools. My own efforts have been mixed at best -- want to learn much, much more.

Re: UPDATE: Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers - The Basics with Dave Richards

Definitely want to take a chance on this one -- still struggling with the transition from good ol' (graph) paper and pencil to screen and mouse.

Re: UPDATE: Windsor Chairmaking by James Mursell

Looks like a great addition to the old woodworking bookshelf -- and a source of inspiration.

Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodworking Best Workbenches from the editors of Fine Woodworking and a special magazine issue, Workbenches.

I'm ready for a workbench upgrade as well -- this would be a great source for ideas.

Re: UPDATE: Woodworking 101 by Aime Fraser, Matthew Teague, and Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk

Looks like a great book -- a useful and worthwhile addition to the old woodworking library!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Making Country Furniture by George Buchanan

This would be a great source for inspiration and guidance.

Re: UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Fine Woodworking 2011 Annual Collection

I'm in for a chance to win.

Re: UPDATE: Building Small Cabinets by Doug Stowe

This would be a wonderful addition to my woodworking library -- and very applicable to a couple of planned projects.

Re: UPDATE: Building Doors & Drawers by Andy Rae

This would be a darn good reference for my how to library.

Re: UPDATE: Using and Tuning Your Bandsaw by Hendrik Varju

Would be a very useful addition to my reference library.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: 4 "issues" of The Missing Shop Manual series

These would be a very much appreciated addition to my library.

Re: Caption Contest Winner!

To be or not to be.... oh, heck this isn't an audition for a play by the bard, just a video shoot with a piece of laminate!

Re: UPDDATE: Shop Improvements: Outstanding ideas from the world's finest woodworkers from Fine Woodworking magazine

I'm always looking for ways to improve my shop -- in fact, sometimes I think I spend more time working on my shop than working on projects. This would be a great addition to my thinking process!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: The Frugal Woodturner by Ernie Conover

I've been getting ready to make the jump into turning and this would be a great addition to the planning/thinking process.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Esherick, Maloof, Nakashima: Homes of the Master Wood Artisans by Tina Skinner

Always have wondered what life at home looks like for admired wood artisans.

Re: Have you seen Tommy Mac's new woodworking show? Let us know what you think.

I thought episode #2, broadcast over the weekend, was a definite improvement from the first episode. It was still fast paced, crammed with a lot of information but it had more detail of the whys and hows behind a technique. As someone who takes a long time to lay out and hand cut a dovetail joint, seeing a professional do it with less exactness was something of an inspiration -- it was almost permission to not have to have every detail precise. It was also interesting that there was a good tip for fixing poor joints after the end of the show proper (in the spot where many shows put in comical outtakes from the show).

Re: Rough Cut PBS Station Locator

I have two "local" PBS affiliates. Rough Cuts airs Saturdays at 4:30PM on WGBH Ch 2 in Boston (originating station for the show; it also airs at different times on other WGBH-related stations). It airs Wednesdays at 12:30PM on the various New Hampshire PBS stations.

Re: Have you seen Tommy Mac's new woodworking show? Let us know what you think.

I too saw the first episode this weekend and agree with many of the comments already posted. I enjoyed it, thought it had a lot of good ideas but was very fast paced and skipped over many details.

A perfect example of a missed opportunity for more detail or instruction came when Tommy "felt" the grain (for planing) but never explained what it was he was trying to determine and why -- a novice would never know if the intent was to work with or against the grain.

Re: UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Surface Preparation and Staining by Hendrik Varju

Always a challenging part of any project -- would be a valuable reference/demonstration.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: 1st five "issues" of The Missing Shop Manual series

Sounds like a really great resource!

Re: Watch the preview of Tommy Mac's new woodworking show

From the preview, the show has real promise! Count me among those who will forever miss Norm (altho there are always reruns to catch) but this looks like a real opportunity to extend the genre very positively. Seeing a mistake here or there makes it all the more human and allows us all to relate (I do remember Norm on a couple of projects interjecting a "pray for me" as he tackled something unusual or unusually challenging). Trips outside the workshop for inspiration are another plus -- and an element Norm used very effectively. I'm definitely looking forward to the season's start.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: How to Make Picture Frames, from American Woodworker

Looks like a very interesting book -- would love to add it to my woodworking library.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Workshop Machines

Sounds like a great addition for my library, which does already have several books with stains in it -- the result of getting too close to "the action" (or my sloppiness with a cup of coffee).

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Getting the Most from your Wood-Buying Bucks

Definitely a topic of interest and one for which I don't have a book in my library.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: 500 Tables (Updated with winner)

Wait... what's the rule? Go 'round clockwise, counter-clockwise? Do the end grains first? 20 years doing this and I still can't remember!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Tree Craft by Chris Lubkemann

Looks very interesting -- and something I've thought about but never pursued.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Woodworking Techniques, from Fine Woodworking magazine

This would be a great -- and greatly appreciated -- addition to my woodworking library.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Working with Tablesaws, from the editors of Fine Woodworking

This would be an extremely useful addition to my Taunton woodworking library!

Re: The Sale of Fine Woodworking Magazine

Really good "gotcha", Gary. I hope a couple of the article ideas do make it to the light of day -- I think I'm only at 43 or maybe 44 uses for my ball peen hammer for woodworking (I'm easily at twice that many around mechanical things).

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Wood Finishing Fixes by Michael Dresdner

It seems I always have a question or two (or three) about finishing -- this would be a great aid in getting to answers.

Re: iPad and Woodworking?

I'm firmly convinced that the future of newspapers, magazines, etc. is electronic delivery -- a lot of it will be cost driven but there is an environmental side to it as well. Plus it will open up whole new worlds like video as a standard format. I'm hoping publications will be available on multiple platforms, not just a single device like the iPad -- I personally have a mini-PC for similar access. To be honest though, even though a number of publications I receive have already made the transition to electronic format, I haven't yet gotten to the point of "cozying up" to my PC for pleasure reading (too much like business applications during the day). And, it's just plain a heck of a lot harder to look at a magazine in front of the TV when it's electronic. Plus there's a much bigger issue: With a magazine, it's easy to leave it lying open with an ad visible as a "hint." How do you do that with an electronic reader?

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