Fred Schock, Upperso, MD, US

Birthday: 04/26/1933

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SYMBOLIC TIMEPIECE: Meshing the Arts and religion at Notre Dame University.

The lobby of The DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts at Notre Dame University, Indiana, displays a very colorful, multi-patterned rug throughout. While still under construction,  I had the...

Walnut Wall to Wall United

  This walnut wall unit presented three particular challenges that would test my limited engineering skills. The first was to make the two center drawer fronts a facade for a sliding desktop...

An inspiring workshop leads a challenge of a lifetime

In 1987, I attended a workshop that inspired me beyond belief. Since I recognized long ago that I have more going for me as an imitator, I decided there was no one better to learn from than Sam...

Freestanding Wall Units

The vestibule of this condo opens into a larger central area, which provides access to a music room, a living room, and a hallway to the bedrooms. With lots of empty space in the vestibule and...

A Case For Medals: This walnut case displays the many achievements of a good friend and musician.

A few years ago, a good friend and former colleague asked if I would make him a display case for the medals he had received while performing concerts internationally, presenting master classes, and...

Recent comments

Re: My Strategy with SketchUp

Your chair is beautiful! I always admire those who multitask. And you seem at ease both at the computer and in the shop - with great results in both places.

Like andyboy88, I too have enjoyed your columns. I've been making Maloof style rocking chairs for the past twelve years and also Taylor style RCs ever since I edited his DVD book ("How to Make a Beautiful Rocking Chair")in 2009/2010. Although I feel that I'm computer literate, I've never tried Sketchup. I do use my computer driven Shopbot CNC for making rocking chair seats. The rest of the sculpting, of course, is hands-on.

One comment and question. I have kept all of my front legs considerable thinner than what I see in your picture so that when the legs (front and rear) meet the rockers, the joints look pretty much the same. How did you decide on the thickness relationship between the front and rear legs?


Re: You Want What? Contest

When my daughter was expecting her first child (born Valentine's day 2010), she asked if I would be able to make her a dresser with a changing top that could be converted,in time, to a normal dresser top. Using pocket screws and a quarter-inch fascia strip to hold screws temporarily for the front rail, I was able to attach it as well as the side rails, from underneath, hardware unseen. With the baby now just about a year old, I have recently replaced the dresser top rails and the fascia strip to create the dresser top she had envisioned. Because we live in different cities, I kept her abreast of the progress by posting photos at:

Re: Williamsburg, Day 2: Mind-Blowing 3-Way Miter Joint

And here is the ingenious but complex joint that was used during the Ming dynasty. Jaws dropped and their was some wry laughter from the crowd when Andrew displayed this joint..

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Re: Winner Chosen for Tablesaw Safety Tip Challenge

Before approaching any spinning power tool, whether it be a band saw, a miter saw, or a table saw, check to be sure that you are now wearing a band aid on you fingers which could easily be grabbed by a tooth on the blade and . . . (Of course, number 6 would remove that possibility. ) But, contrary to all of the advice offered about using a splitter and a blade protector, most woodworkers don't.

As you approach the tool, take a moment to think about the following questions:

1. where am I standing in relation to the blade 1) to avoid kickback and, even though very remote, 2) to avoid a flying tooth?
2. am I tired? (fatigue is a killer!)
3. am I repeating the same cut for the nth time? (repetition is mind numbing.)
4. have I checked the lumber for knots? (can be a menace)
5. am I supporting the piece (against the fence and the table) properly? (both are essential)
6. am I using a proper push stick correctly?

I know this sounds like six-of-one and a half-a-dozen-of- another but a few thoughtful seconds may save many days and weeks of suffering.

P.S. Don't use dull blades!

Re: Are CNC machines ready for Fine Woodworking?

After some 50 years of woodworking as a hobby, I recently purchased a Shopbot Buddy32 (CNC) for my workshop. I think Sam Maloof's comment about hand vs power tools was on the money: "whatever get's the job done". I equate this to the how surgeons' instruments have evolved over the centuries from hand-held to robotic, with patients being the beneficiaries.

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

Don't do what I'm doing!

Re: Sculptured Maloof Inspired Chair

I love your craftmanship in making Maloof chair. It's beautiful!

I've just begun to post to the gallery and recently uploaded a photo of a Maloof-style rocking chair made of, what else, walnut. Check "recently added.

You are, indeed, a "fine" woodworker.

Happy woodworking now and in the future.

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