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Re: You Can't Beat the Physics of Kickback

A riving knife is great to have, and a guard is tool. Yet all my saws are vintage and don't have a guards, or riving knifes. So has there ever been a kick back-NOPE. I think it's about being educated on how to use the saw, and understand when not to use the saw i.e. at the end of a day, tired, or sick. At ton kick backs occur to beginners, and when woodworkers are not paying attention, sick, or tired.

The video is unbelievable, and I am happy the individual is a'okay, but I could of told him it would be stupid idea, and that he may get hurt. I am glad he didn't. Also who uses metal inserts on the saw? Metal inserts are there to make templates from only, after that they are trash, and unsafe due to how big the gap is on either side of the saw blade.

Re: A Shop to Inspire

This video is awesome.... What these craftspeople feel is exactly how I feel. The feeling is amazing. Thank you for sharing.


Re: 3 questions with Phil Lowe


Brush on my grammar! If I thought it worth doing so, but I didn't. Personally I felt necessary to only spend less then a minute on my post and care less what others think-especially you. I simply expressed myself from the heart.

Re: 3 questions with Phil Lowe


Brush on my grammar! If I thought it worth doing so, but I didn't. Personally I felt necessary to only spend less then a minute on my post and care less what others think-especially you. I simply expressed myself from the heart.

Re: 3 questions with Phil Lowe


Brush on my grammar! If I thought it worth doing so, but I didn't. Personally I felt necessary to only spend less then a minute on my post and care less what others think-especially you. I simply expressed myself from the heart.

Re: 3 questions with Phil Lowe


Brush on my grammar! If I thought it worth doing so, but I didn't. Personally I felt necessary to only spend less then a minute on my post and care less what others think-especially you. I simply expressed myself from the heart.

Re: 3 questions with Phil Lowe

Everyone here who has issue with Mr. Lowe needs to think before they type or speak. This man is and will be faster, smarter, and more talented then 95% of the woodworking community. The block-plane was a crappy tool until Lie-Nielsen perfected it and made it what it is today. The block plane in the time period when Phil grew up and being trained in the craft was classified as a carpenter's tool. Phil can do more with a #4 then 98% of people can. We all wish to be as good as him. GIVE ME A BREAK.!!!!!! Guess what if you don't like it, then TO DAMN BAD. THE BLOCK PLANE IS A CARPENTERS TOOL. Have anyone of you seen a carpenter with any other plane? NOT ME!!!!!! If you have then they may actually be a furniture maker as well. This is the problem with you want-a-bees, think they know everything, and guess what you don't!!!! So change the attitude or shut your mouth.

I was lucky enough to study under this man and he deserves a lot more DAMN RESPECT THEN SOME OF YOU ARE GIVING. This craft of period furniture is dying and Phil is helping to keep it alive for others to enjoy. Oh don't tell me there is a ton of information now on the web to learn woodworking, for half that crap is wrong and you know it. It takes making a living in woodworking to actually know woodworking, after that you just hobbyist. I like Phil make a living making and restoring wooden items, and can appreciate all he has done for the woodworking community.



Re: The Future of Woodworking is Looking Good

It is great to see, but we need a lot more. Period furniture making is still a dying art.


Re: Reclaimed Rocker - Part 3

Great Job!!!!!

Re: Wanna get sharp? Get a system.

Sir McKenna,

It is funny how I have come full circle when comes to sharpening. For years ago I started out with the honing guide, then I mastered the hollow grind and free hand sharpening, but now on occasion I bring out the same system you are using and it is AMAZING....

It is especially good when using the 45 degree setting for the beveled up planes. I have never cut figured so clean in my life.



Re: Like a Kid in a Candy Shop

What separates Phil from the crowd is that he is fast and what he puts out is great. This is rare.

Re: How to Make a Scratch Stock for Beading

The scratch stock is amazing tool. The article from Dave Moore and Rob Millard are great ones. Also the scratch stock holder is so much better of a design then the ones with just a saw kerf in them. For over time the saw kerf opens up and allows the blade to move.

Re: Should Woodworkers Say Goodbye to Ebony?

I am happy someone is supposely doing it right. The concern is that Taylor owns or operates in the selling of 75% of all ebony.... The 75% is where the concern comes from. In the end how much more money is ebony going to be sold for per bd. ft. How much does us furniture makers get to use it? Is it all for guitars? Where is the ebony going to be sold? What is the profit margin? Is the fish and game involved? I think we need more information.

I am support Taylor right now but, we shall see what the future holds.

Why do want pure black ebony because the guitar makers said it's the best and nothing else. I never had an issue with stripped ebony or grey streaks. I appreciate the material for what it is. I'd like to hear first and foremost what he, as controller of 75 per cent of the world's legal ebony, is doing about replanting this scarce, slow-growing species.

As an outsider looking in I think this will help Taylor make money. So how much is the company going to make? I don't want to be negative but, I think there should be more then just one person controlling this market. It's like the lignum viate years ago, one man bought the whole market on this lumber. It's like Domex selling Holly for way to high of a price. It's like Hearne selling lumber like its Gold. Give me a break. I rather go to Groff and Groff and Gilmer before buying from them.

Ebony sells from 50-100.00 per bd. ft. So how much is it going to be selling for now. We as the people and the craftsmen need to speak up and actually control this better. We need to unite and start an organization against this one person buying it all bull. The fish and game needs to change the rules and actually do something right versus picking on the small folks. I think the ebony market can excel or fail due to this.


Re: General Consolidates Operations, Closes its Canadian Factory

What a shame!!! This was the last company that you could buy quality modern made equipment. All that is left is to buy good old American made equipement.

Re: Project Recap: From Log to Table

If I had to just use one word to describe this video it would be: AWESOME!!!!!

Great Job!!!!

Re: Steve Brown Takes the Measure of a Chair

Steve Brown is one the one the smartest & talented craftsmen alive. This man has soooooooooooo much to offer to the woodworking world. It is great to see Steve get recongnized for his talents. For if it wasn't for Steve Brown being in charge of NBSS Furniture Making Department who knows what this section of shchool would be like today. I think it would had just suffered a painful death.

The Furniutre Making Department is as good as it is because of Steve. FWW needs to get Steve to write more articles for he has a lot offer. Great Job Steve! For it has been awesome getting to know you.


Re: Cutlists are a waste of space

I think this thread is just crazy. Are you serious about cutlist are a waste of space. Ask Phil Lowe if cut lists are waste. I bet you 1000.00 dollars that Phil will say cutlists are a must. If you are a skilled woodworker then everything will match the cut list to a -T-. I was trained to perform a rough & finish cutlist. In the rough cut list everything is a 1/2" wider and 1" longer than the finish dimension. With a cut list you are surely going to say several hours/days depending on the complexity of the piece at hand. This is just ridiculous....

Re: Q&A with Woodworking Experts

I am curious to know what the real purpose of gathering these craftsmen in one room was. Yes the Q & A was fun but, I hope FWW took advantage and ask the editors how to improve the magazine. For there are soooo many people out there saying that the Magazine needs improving. I also think the magazine needs to stop turning articles away from well known craftsmen, or others because it may not be popular or too period. FWW needs to look at their competition and see what they are doing.

Re: Spring Joints: An Edge Glue-Up's Best Friend

All I need is 3 swipes with a plane, 1 clamp, and little glue. I love spring joints.


Re: Miracle Shield Blocks Kickback

All I have to say is SERIOUSLY! Give me a break. This is the stupidest thing ever. If you get kickbacks it is either your tired or you are not doing something right. These guys are idiots. If you need this than don't be working wood.


Re: Q&A with Period Furniture Maker Philip C. Lowe

I must say Phil Lowe is an amazing Craftsmen & Instructor. We are all so lucky to learn from his articles, videos, & workshops. For it is because of his articles I am still a subscriber to FWW.


Re: Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and Woodcraft part ways

The answer is that Lie Nieslen was asked to reproduce Hand Planes at a cheaper price, they (LN) said ya, maybe, we will see. Well 2 plus year of hope for Woodcraft to have a these planes at a lower rate and then there was nothing. So Woodcraft went out made a line a plane and copied Lie Nielsen's every detail. Woodcraft also went out and produced a line a plane blades & again copying everything that Lie Nielsen did on the plane blades.

So as you see the frustration. Also LN & Woodcraft had issues in the past with the factory warehouse of WSC. The issue was moisture in the building is creating rust on the planes. I am sure there is more but, this is what I got from WSC and others in the inside.


Re: Pro Portfolio: Doug Mooberry and Kinloch Woodworking

It is amazing what Doug Mooberry's EMPLOYEES make. Doug has a lot talent that he has hired to make these amazing, unique at times, & beautiful pieces. It is nice to see another shop flourish in PA.


Re: This secret cost me $20,000, but I'll let you have it for free.

This is a random comment, yet here I am so much to say and so much to share and not enough time or space to type it all.

One of the hardest things is to decide where you want your business to go. Do I want to make reproductions? Do I just want to concentrate on Restoration? What Period should I concentrate on? Do I want to be a jack of all traits? Do I want to make contemporary furniture?

Well for reproductions you need to be able to measure originals. Well where can I find those customers who will let me measure them. What museum will give you permission to measure their collections?

Now restoration is fun and stressful, yet there is so much money to invest in restoration regarding finishes, stains, dyes, antique/vintage lumber, antique screws, etc. etc. Another issue with restoration is many people don't really to spend the money. Or the pieces are not worth the time to even consider to repair them but, there is sentimental factor. On the other hand I can only glue up so many kitchen chairs. GRRRRRR!

Now in the past craftsmen only needed to work in the period at hand. Well not me, today Federal, tomorrow Queen Anne, next day Chippendale. Man O' Man it is hard to bounce around. So much to study so little time.

I love doing it all, yet in the end I need to be really good at something. I need to focus on some aspect that makes me stick out from the crowd. This is the route I took. I focus on inlay, banding, veneering, stringing etc. Yet I enjoy it all aspects of all periods so what can I do. Um.... I guess keep doing what I am doing and try to figure out every aspect as possible.

So do I want to make contempo furniture. Well no I don't want to make contempo yet everyone in the period were contemporary at first. So um....
Where do you go and what do you do. Well I decided to try it all, and focus on period work, study everything I can get my hands on.

Now I didn't spend 20,000 but I spent about 100,000. 34,000 in education, and 64,000 in hand tools, power tools, veneers, lumber, clamps, etc. etc. Yet I spent my money wisely. I bought only what I need and bought items that I know I can make my money back. One the smartest decisions I made was working at a Woodcraft. It was the best choice I ever made because I got everything at cost. I never purchased anything at retail, which is AWESOME...

This business is stressful but I love waking up in the morning and waiting for the challenges that the next project is going to bring. Good Luck.


Re: This secret cost me $20,000, but I'll let you have it for free.

Well where do I begin.... I have been through all this in my head over and over and over.

Yet I have loved woodworking since the day I could pick up a hammer. As the years went by my love for woodworking just increased more & more, it was an addiction I just wanted to work with my hands.

I took several and several workshops with well known craftsemen ( Garret Hack, Will Neptune, Mario Rodriguez, Bob Van Dyke, Peter Gedrys, etc.) and I asked all of them if they would recommend getting into the field of woodworking. Some of the response were it is a tough business, one said, Keep it as a hobby and find something that pays better, one said, " Be prepared to work and never retire", another said, " Go with what your heart says."

Well I continued learning and kept reading and practicing. Finally years done the road I decided to attend The Furniture Institute of Mass. w/ Philip C. Lowe, and man oh man did I learned sooo much. Phil Lowe is an amazing craftsmen/business man, he taught me so much.

Now you can't learned everything in 2 years, and I can say I have been lucky. I stayed with Phil for 2-3 years after I graduated to get even more on the job training and it was worth every penny. While working for Phil I learned that as cabinet/chair maker with out a name you must take what comes through the door. As new man on the streets you can't always pick and choose in the beginning. Learn from the real world experience, and that is what I did.

Yet I received great advice from my friend Peter Gedrys and these kinds words are worth their money in gold. "The more you say NO the more money you make. I would say I agree with Peter. Another word of advice that Peter gave me is as follows: When a customer comes back and says well your estimate is higher then so and so, can you match it or come under his/her estimate??? Respond with I am glad they know what they are worth but, I am worth more and I will give you more for your dollar. " When the clients hears that, I can tell you the whole situation changes for the better.

I guess what I am trying to say is that new business take 5-10 years before you see what you want coming through those doors. Try everything and anything in the beginning. Try Cabinetry, restoration, inlay, veneering, carving, etc. Find something you are good at. Always be thinking 3-4 steps ahead. NETWORK as much as possible. Do what ever it takes. This is what I have been doing now for several years and my name is getting out there. I am getting a lot not all the jobs I want. It is hard and it will be hard. Yet I love this craft I love what I can do with my hands. I love the struggles of having to figure things out. It is fun. Breathe. Take a break once in a while. Practice Chop Chop as Phil would say. When I left school I wasn't the best with my hands but over the years your skills develop, your eye develops, and it all starts coming together. Used as much machinery to get the job done.

The best advice I can give to anyone who is serious in getting a small business, is that you MUST HAVE A PATIENT PARTNER if you want to be able to succeed. If you don't then there is a new added stress that is not needed in life.

Good Luck and God Bless
Fred Roman
Maker & Restorer
" Maker of Tomorrow's Antiques."

Re: Workshop Tongs or Blind Nailing/Screwing Jigs

These are very useful. Phil Lowe has been making/using these for 30-40 yrs. now.


Re: Future Period Furniture Articles

I understand that FWW Magazine is suppose to satisfy every skill level but, lets talk about down grade of quality of articles. Due to this magazine my skills have grown and now I am hard press to learn anything. It is very disappointing!!! I would love to see more period work in William & Mary, Queen Anne, Chippendale, & Federal. As I look back to the black and white issues of FWW and read the articles, I say to my self WoW this magazine was awesome. Well I hope the future of the magazine will be better then what it is. I think FWW should not be competing against magazines like Wood or Woodsmith. Just publish quality articles. Thank God for Phil Lowe, Will Neptune, Steve Latta & Garret Hack because after that BORING!!!!!!!


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