Bakersfield, CA, US

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Re: UPDATED: Giveaway and Poll: The Most Requested Woodworking Gifts of 2009

After a little consideration, I've decided that the hand saws, planes and chisels on my list are probably going to have to move to the top. I work really odd hours, and I'd love to be able to work in the shop without waking the family or neighbors (anymore). That would make a nice Christmas present for me AND for them :)

Happy Holidays, everyone! It's been nice woodworking with you this year!!


Re: UPDATED: What Tools Are on Your Holiday Wish List?

My Holiday Wish List is pretty simple. I would like a decent hand plane, a decent dovetail saw and a few bar/pipe clamps.

Better yet...someone could get all of the above for my cousin, so he doesn't have to keep borrowing mine. That would be the greatest gift of all.

Re: Dovetailed drawers are overrated

I know it's an aside, but TheAustrian hits a good point here...FWW magazine has been a wealth of information for me during my introduction into the hobby/craft. Great magazine...and, as has been proven in this discussion and numerous others.....GREAT COMMUNITY!!!! The experience, advice and, sometimes, attitudes expressed in these forums is priceless!

I'm glad to be a part of it. Thanks to everyone who contributes!!

Re: Dovetailed drawers are overrated

Hand sawn dovetails, if done properly, are certainly one hallmark of "fine" furniture. It shows a level of skill and craftsmanship, time and dedication. It's a solid joint, and will last a long time. But, they are certainly not the only joint to use if you want to craft "fine furniture". Any strong, attractive joint, if done well and executed with care, provided it matches the style and/or period of the overall piece is acceptable.

It comes down to strength and aesthetics. Sometimes, the dovetail is the best joint for the job, and sometimes it's not. But, no matter the joint used, if the finished piece looks great, and is sturdy, then it's fine furniture.

Re: 5 drawer chest and blanket chest

I love the clean, crisp design work in these pieces. They look terribly solid, yet graceful. Very well done.

Re: After The Goldrush lingerie cabinet

Truly inspired work. Beautiful inlay and marquetry. I'm particularly impressed by the calla lily carving on the leg posts. After seeing this piece, I'm inspired to do a similar treatment on the upper posts of a potting bench I'm designing. Assuming, of course, I can carve...haven't tried it yet :)

Re: Rice Paddy Inspired Cabinet

Very nice work. I like the asymmetric design.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Modern Cabinet Work by Percy A. Wells and John Hooper

Etching my name in the cabinet door, as well....

Re: Bench Cookie Giveaway

Done. Gimmee gimmee gimmee....

Re: Grizzly Recalls Bandsaws

This doesn't phase me at all. I'm amped that this recall is being conducted on such short notice. Maybe I'll wire my publisher and see if I can plug this into a story arc.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Essential Guide to the Steel Square by Ken Horner

If you knew anything about my Math skills, you'd understand why I would LOVE to have this book....

Re: What's your favorite hand or power tool?

Allright. I'll bite. But, bear in mind that I am still new to woodworking, so hold your chuckles and guffaws until after the presentation, please...

My favorite power tool would have to be, hands down, my Skil Bench-top Drill Press. Why? Because I can't drill a straight hole with a hand drill to save my life!!! I'm sure I'll get better with practice, but until then, the Drill Press lets me make consistent, repeatable, and (most importantly) STRAIGHT holes each and every time.

My favorite hand tool is, right now, my coping saw. I have found myself doing a lot of non-linear cuts lately (jigsaw puzzle shaped flooring for the patio, for example), and this cheap little saw lets me whip through them. I liked it so much, in fact, that I bought another one to use in my garden (for trimming trees and shrubs). Works great.

Re: Is it OK to sell furniture based on FWW articles?

"Is it okay to sell furniture based on FWW designs?" My answer is "yes". It is okay to do it, and I don't believe there is an ethical concern unless the design is labeled as "unique" or "original" or otherwise indicates ownership/creation of the design. The assumption being that, when you purchase FWW magazine, you are also purchasing the plans and design tips/tools that it contains. Of course, we are all intelligent enough to understand that FWW is geared towards the hobbyist or one-man shop, and that these plans are not being offered for Ikea-style mass production.

As for the reader who claimed that "only an idiot or third-rater even considers copying anything...ever!!" I'd like to ask how he managed to design his own language and alphabet to match the English language and alphabet so precisely. Certainly he didn't copy any aspect of English or the process for writing English letters and sentences, because that would make him a third-rater. So, however he managed to do it, I'd like to give kudos for a truly unique and monumental achievement.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Turning Boxes with Threaded Lids by Bill Bowers

One can never have too much information...

Re: Toothpick art may float your boat, but is it woodworking?

BenchForm, you bring up a good point. I believe the intent behind the question was merely to get some form of dialogue rolling, which I am all for. I like to toss ideas and opinions around with people who share my hobbies/interests, even if they are not of earth-shattering importance. Even if they are lighthearted or whimsical in nature, they help me to get to know my "neighbors".

The actual answer to the question may not, ultimately, take us anywhere at all, but the journey may be entertaining none the less.

Re: Toothpick art may float your boat, but is it woodworking?

I don't think anyone is disparaging the workmanship, or trying to make this accomplishment seem less extraordinary than it is..we're merely answering the question posed in the form of opinions.

Is it "woodworking" as defined in the common vernacular? No.

It's model making.

Is it an incredible piece of work, worthy of high praise? Yes.

It's an awesome model.

Re: Walnut Barrel Box

Dang it...I just need to break down and buy a lathe. Too much cool stuff out there NOT to have one...

Re: Walnut Barrel Box

Nice!! One of my (countless)hobbies is Medieval re-creation, and I think this would make an awesome Salt Cellar for my camp kitchen (or my home kitchen, for that matter...).

I'm a sucker for the "old-timey" look :)

Re: Toothpick art may float your boat, but is it woodworking?

No, I don't think it's woodworking in the sense that most members/readers of FWW would consider woodworking. It's made from wood, sure...but that's about it. It's actually, in my opinion, modeling. I have made radio controlled airplanes and model rockets out of balsa wood before, but I wouldn't consider that woodworking. It's modeling.

And, I'd like to see that yacht make a right turn once in a while...what is this? NASCAR??


Nice boat, though.

Re: Broken power tool: Junk it or fix it? really would depend on the price of a (comparable) new tool, and, as PastorFranc mentions, the sentimentality or "feel" of the old one. I've got a corded drill which was placed on my workbench under a leaky pipe, and the collet is now rusted. Whether I replace it or repair it will depend on how badly it is rusted, and how much I have in the "unfortunate but totally avoidable expense" budget.

Of course, the leaky pipe (and workbench top) will need to be repaired first ;)

Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodworking Classic Covers: The Game

WoodLess: When the circle appears, it means you are right, and your points are added automatically. If you click, and the circle doesn't appear, it means there is no difference there, and it detracts points (points are in the upper right hand corner of the screen). When you get all 6 correct (or run out of time), the pop-up screen tells you your score.

Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodworking Classic Covers: The Game

Aha!! Great fun! 30 seconds doesn't leave a whole lot of time for scrutiny, which makes the game much more interesting. When I was a Chef in Las Vegas, a friend and I would go to one of the local casinos and play a game like this all night.

Re: Making a Windsor Settee Arm/Crest Rail

Ah...shortwave radio. How I miss it....but not the expense.

Re: What is this Tool?

Aha! It's a Luthier's Plane, possibly a Luthier's Rabbet Plane or Bunny Plane. (???) Well, it looks like one, anyway...

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Creating a Fine Art Entry Table by Robert Ortiz

Well..this probably wouldn't fit in my "entryway", but it would sure look sweet in my Study.

Re: What is this Tool?

Wait...I take that back. I think it's an old Spill Plane.

Re: What is this Tool?

It looks like an old Coachmaker's Plow plane, due to the shortness of the sole.

Re: How many hammers does it take to drive a nail?

Yep. That's real. I'm a juggler, myself, and I've seen this guy perform this trick live before. Actually, the hardest part is not hitting the nail with the's driving the tail spike into the wood at the end that's tough.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Woodworker's Guide to Veneering & Inlay by Jonathan Benson.

I was just about to order a book on inlay...but I think I'll hold off until this drawing is over :)

Re: Getting started in woodworking series project

I built this one, as well!! Very simple, VERY sturdy! It was my first real piece of woodworking, and if all goes according to plan, it will be around when my grandchildren get ready to build their first projects :)

And, unlike the video accompaniment to this project on FWW, I didn't have a workbench on which to build my workbench :) It was constructed about 90% on the garage floor!!

I did have to re-purchase and re-cut all of the stock except for the MDF (can you say "measure twice, cut once???"), but even with that setback I got the bench finished in one day.

Great bench!!

Re: Fireplace wall

Beautiful work, to be sure...but doesn't the heat from the fireplace affect the electronic components positioned directly above it?

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Traditional American Rooms

One of my favorite inspirational tools is a book featuring the furniture which survived from medieval castles. I love to see the antique/ancient methods and designs used by previous generations/ages, and garner inspiration for new or replica furniture from them. This book would be a very valuable resource to add to my collection.

Re: Calling all benchtop warriors

First of all, let me start by saying I am VERY new to woodworking. I had been a Professional Chef for the past 20+ years, and now that I have "retired", I am pursuing those hobbies I had long neglected due to intense workloads.

So, to the point:

My first piece of equipment was (and still is) the Skil 10" Compound Mitre Saw. It's a benchtop model, and I built the Workbench from "Getting Started In Woodworking" from this site to support it (amongst other things). GREAT bench, by the way!! Anyway, I have pre-drilled holes in the benchtop to accommodate the Mitre Saw, so that I can bolt it down for the big projects, and remove it to the corner when I need the full table top.. I did attach a surge suppressing power supply on the back bench leg, so that I can plug it in, along with various other pieces of equipment I use regularly. I'm pretty pleased with the saw, but I do wish it had a laser alignment feature. A seperate table for the Mitre Saw is forthcoming.

My next benchtop tool was the Skil Router Table (yes...I went pretty much all Skil for my first forays into woodworking). I used the original workbench as a height guide when building a stand for the router table, so I could use the workbench as an outfeed table. It works great, and I can use the router on pretty much any length of material. My only complaint with the Skil table is the's a little difficult to get accurate measurements from the pre-printed guides.

My third piece...and this comes after trying (and failing) to drill the various holes for the workbench by hand and dead reckoning, is the Skil 15" Drill press with laser alignment guide. While I am currently using the workbench as a table for the drill press, I have the materials to build a stand-alone table (again, using the original workbench height as a guide so I can use it for support/outfeed when needed).

And that's pretty much it for the moment, though I will be picking up several other pieces over the next few weeks, such as a Planer, Bench Grinder, Scroll Saw, Table Saw and...if I can find one which won't break the bank (too late??), a Wood Lathe.

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