Fredericton, NB, CA

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Re: UPDATE: Furniture Design & Construction by Graham Blackburn

Happy New Year!

Re: UPDATE: Making Drawers by Hendrik Varju

Cont me in, Hendrik's videos are supposed to be awesome!

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

I'd like to win this

Re: UPDATE: Handmade Furniture: 21 Classic Woodworking Projects to Build for Your Home by Rafael Nathan

I have seen this book at the bookstore and was impressed by the projects. I particularly like the tall wall cabinets on the cover. Count me in.

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

Count me in too please!

Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodworking's Tables and Chairs

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Re: UPDATE: 3 Book Giveaway! Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to...

I love these books. They are so well done.

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

I would love to have this book. Please count me in.

Re: UPDATE: Read a review of Wooden Boxes by the giveaway winner

I don't have any books on box making. i'd love to have this one for my collection of woodworking books.

Re: UPDATE: Blanket Chests by Scott Gibson and Peter Turner

I'd love to have a blanket chest at the foot of our bed. I hope I win!

Re: UPDATE: Honing and Setting Jointer and Planer Knives by Hendrik Varju

Count me in too please

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

I love Tom's sense of style. I don't know where he gets his design inspiration, but hopefully some of his design skills will rub off if I win this book.

Re: UPDATE: Mortise and Tenon Joinery by Hendrik Varju

I've done lots of M&T's before but with Hendrik's attention to detail, I'm bound to learn something new. Count me in!

Re: UPDATE: Wood Bender's Handbook by Zachary Taylor

I just tried wood bending for the first time using a series of thinly sliced veneers. It worked great but I'd still like to try my hand at steam bending. I tried a few weeks ago to bend wood into the shape of a number nine in order to inlay it (like Steve latta) and didn't have much success. Perhaps this book can offer some insight.

Re: UPDATE: Turning Wood with Richard Raffan, 3rd edition

I've perused this book before and it looks very good. As a novice turner, it would be great to add to my library.

Re: UPDATE: Best Workshops from the editors of Fine Woodworking

I'd love to have this book

Re: UPDATE: Renaissance Intarsia, edited by Luca Trevisan

I would love to see the images in this book. Count me in!

Re: UPDATE: The Foundations of Better Woodworking by Jeff Miller

I'd love to have this book.

Re: Fine Woodworking's 15 Minutes of Fame

We can't see the NBC streaming video from outside the US. is there a way to capture just the woodworking related segments as isolated files we can all see?

Re: UPDATE: Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac by Tommy MacDonald and Laurie Donnelly

I finally have the rough cut show televised in my area. I'm on my second episode and loving it! Count me in for the book draw.

Re: UPDATE: Hand Planing Techniques by Hendrik Varju

I've always wanted a Hendrik DVD. Please, please please let it be me!

Re: UPDATE: Sharpening & Tuning Hand Planes and Chisels by Hendrik Varju

I'd love to have one of Hendrik"s DVD's. Please sign me up!

Re: Shop Talk Live 13: Where Christian Becksvoort is Shinin' on Me

Another great episode and I've gone and given the 5 star rating so don't call me out on the next podcast! My only very minor issue with the pocast is that I find that Mike Pekovich is hard to hear sometimes. Can you turn his mike up a bit?

Re: UPDATE: Refinishing Furniture Made Simple (with DVD) by Jeff Jewitt

Count me in too please! Thanks

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

My kids have ruined five of six of our dining room chairs using them at their computer desks and leaning on them. After taking a trip to the furniture store I was appalled at the quality and price of the chairs I saw there. I've been working wood for about six years and have pretty much stuck to shaker and mission cabinets work. In other words lots of straight lines. I think it's time to take it to the next level and try some chair making and I'm looking for reference info. This DVD would be awesome.

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

Count me in too please

Re: UPDATE: Making Wood Tools with John Wilson

Sign me up too please

Re: Win an all-access pass to Fine Woodworking Live!

After hearing Asa describe what's going to happen at the Fine Woodworking Live event on the Modern Woodworkers Podcast, I got really excited and interested in this event. I'd love to win tickets to go. Sign me up!

Re: UPDATE: Dovetail Techniques with Stephen Hammer

I need me some curved hound's tooth dovetails. Comunt me in please!

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

Count me in please

Re: UPDATE: Windsor Chairmaking by James Mursell

A windsor chair is deffinitely on my bucket list. Please count me in.

Re: Video Sneak-Peek of New Groundbreaking Video Workshop Series

That was hilarious guys! I needed a good laugh. I am however, just a bit dissapointed that you weren't doing the actaul G&G sidetable in the intro pics. It's beautiful!

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

I bought some 100+ year old reclaimed pine barn beams for a hybrid Roubo like the one John Tetreault built but I need the plan. Please please please let me win!

Re: Building a Two-Slab Roubo Workbench (Part 1)

Sorry Ken,

I saw a picture of matt Kenney waering his new handplane shirt in this post and I figured he wrote this article.

Re: Building a Two-Slab Roubo Workbench (Part 1)

Hi Matt,

I'm very curious to see how the hemlock timbers work out. We have a lot of hemlock locally and I figured I could get some from anyone of dozens of local saw mills. I was concerned however that it was too soft. I picked up a small chunk from a local construction site and found that I could dent it with a thumbnail pretty easily. I'm not sure what the Janka hardness is of hemlock or how much it would really matter. I am also a bit worried about checking. I've designed a couple buildings where our clients wanted exposed timber and locally that's likely to be either hemlock or cedar. One building I saw where hemlock was used had some pretty severe checking. However, I'm sure the contractor didn't take the precautions you're taking to seal the ends etc. Good luck with it and please keep us informed of your progress.

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

I'd love to add this book to my collection

Re: Play Against the Grain: One Lazy Latheman

That was a really easy one. You have to make them a bit more challenging!

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

My wife loves this kind of furniture. I'd love to have this book so I can make her some of this type of furniture.

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

Please count me in, I'd love to have it! Happy Holidays to my fellow FWW readers!

Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodstrip Canoe Building from Bear Mountain Boats

Please count me in as well.

Re: Toning, Staining and Spraying a Polyurethane Finish

That table is crazy beautiful. The carving and inlays are really nice. Great Work.

Re: UPDATE: Using Your Router and Router Table Safely by Hendrik Varju

New Brunswick, Canada. I'd love to have this DVD. I don't know what it is about routers that intimidates me but I have a really tough time getting the results I want out of them. They make mistakes way too fast and they scare me so perhaps this DVD would increase my confidence level.

Re: UPDATE: Building Small Cabinets by Doug Stowe

Count me in too please

Re: UPDATE: 2011 Fine Woodworking Archive DVD-ROM (1975 - 2011)

That's an awesome prize. PLease count me in for the draw.

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

Oh man, would I ever love to have this DVD. From what I've heard from Matt's basement Workshop podcast, Hendrik really knows his stuff and I learn something everytime the guy opens his mouth! Please pick me to win this DVD, Please please please!

Re: UPDATE: Turning Segmented Lamps by Ralph S. Buckland

I'd love to have this book

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

I'd love to have a copy of this book

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Acanthus Carving and Design by Bob Yorburg & Hans Sandom, Illustrator

I just bought my first carving tool, a Hirsch V gouge.... now if only I had a book on carving acanthus leaves.......

Re: Who said that? Test your knowledge of FWW history

1) Krenov
2) Maloof
3) Nakashima

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Hand Planes in the Modern Shop by Kerry Pierce

I love using hand planes. I love the way you can take the thinnest shaving and the way the blades can create such a silky smooth surface. I have a full complement of Veritas Bench planes and am now moving into specialty planes and would like this book to get an appreciation for which ones to go after first.

Re: We're Giving Away Grooving Planes!

Look deeep into my eyes........Subscribe...to...Fine... Woodworking.

Re: UPDATE: Back to Basics: Fundamentals of Sharpening from Fox Chapel Publishing

I'd like to have this book, please count me in!

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

I've read parts of this book at my local library and it's a great resource. I'd love to have it in my own reference collection

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Woodturning Spindle Projects by Alan Holtham

This books looks really interesting. Please count me in

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Carving 18th Century American Furniture Elements by Tony Kubalak

Count me in too please!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Beginning Picture Marquetry by Lawrence Threadgold

I've always been fascinated by marquetry and would love to have this book to learn more.

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

I bought a 1947 Delta Machinery lathe about a year ago and have really enjoyed turning some small furniture parts and would like to get more involved in turning since you can get so much satisfaction from a project completed in such a short period of time. I'd love to learn more and this book looks like a great source of information. please count me in

Re: Share your finishing disasters for a chance to win a finishing DVD

I have a second story about a nice curly maple picture frame that I decided to finish using a minwax pigment based stain. Yuck, the blotching is horrible, the stain is horribly uneven and it really didn't do anything to enhance the figure of the wood. Yet, strangely enough I still get compliments on that frame. I guess ignorance is bliss.

Re: Share your finishing disasters for a chance to win a finishing DVD

I finished a cherry sofa table/cabinet and was so anxious to show my wife how it looked in the space that I took a shortcut on the top. I put on a sealcoat of shellac and about 3 coats of danish oil and told myself that I'd take the top off and put a couple coats of poly on the week after when my life was a little less hectic. Well now it's a few months later and the top is pretty much ruined with water spots, wax from candles, lights spots from who knows what. Anyway, looks like of got some refinishing to do after Christmas.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Greene and Greene Furniture: Poems of Wood & Light by David Mathias

I always thought of Greene and Greene as my next natural progression in skill building. I've built lots of shaker and arts n crafts stuff. I think some cloud lifts and ebony plugs are in my future and this book would help me along the way!

Re: Winner Chosen for Tablesaw Safety Tip Challenge

I'd have to say that one of the very basic safety issues with a table saw have to do with both the sharpness and setup of the blade itself. When a tablesaw blade gets dull, you end up having to push the wood quite hard to get the blade to cut it. This pushing force is very dangerous since you could slip and put your hand into the blade. So keep your blades sharp. The setup of the blade relative to the fence is also very important. Ideally the front edge of the blade as it enters the table top should be about two thousands of an inch or so closer to the fence than the back of the blade as it exits the table top. This very mior skew opens up the kerf a little bit and makes sure there is room at the back of the blade to keep the wood from binding between the blade and the fence, which is what causes kickback.

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

Wow, I'm sure this book would be very inspirational. Please count me in for the draw.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Back to Basics: Setting Up Your Workshop from Fox Chapel Publishing

I've scanned through this book before and picked up a few tips. I'd love to read the whole thing. Sign me up

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

I would love to have one of Hendrik's videos. Please sign me up

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Traditional Projects from the New Best of Fine Woodworking

Count me in please

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Making Ladder Back Chairs with Russ Filbeck

Oh man, that book would take me to the next level of woodworking! I've always wanted to learn how to make that style of chair. Please pick me!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Traditional Finishing Techniques from the New Best of Fine Woodworking

I can always use some help in figuring out the mysteries of finishing. Count me in

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

Sign me up for this one.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Workshop Machines

Count me in too please?

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

I'd love this book, please count me in

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

Looks interesting, count me in

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

looks good, count me in

Re: Brian Havens

Awesome Shop and shop tour. What's going on with your dust collector? Did you create a manifold for a single stage collector? What are the plan dimensions of your shop?

Re: West TN Stand Alone Shop

Sorry, didn't the see the huge 16' x 20' in the caption!

Re: West TN Stand Alone Shop

Very Nice Shop. That's about the size I'd like to have. What are the plan dimensions?

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

I neeeeed this book! I actually screwed up the application of Danish oil the other day! Danish oil for god's sakes.

Re: UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Wood Science & Design by Hendrik Varju

I've listened to all of Hendrik's episodes on Matt's Basement Workshop and have learned tons just from these reltively quick interviews. I can't imagine how much useful info is on one of his DVD's. There a bit pricey though, so I'd love to win one.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Windsor Chairmaking by James Mursell

A windsor chair is on my very long bucket list of projects to build. Please count me in

Re: What are The Turning Points Along Your Woodworking Path?

I've been woodworking for about 6 years now. I am, as many of your reader are, self taught. I've learned primarily through reading and through watch podcasts. I credit many oh my aha! moments to the podcasts. For instance:

1. Watching Tommy MacDonald built the Bombé Secretary on the rough cut show podcast. (now grandslamtools.com). Watching him really taught me how to use chisels for fine joinery work.

2. Bob Rozaieski's hand tools and techniques podcasts for his episode on accurate layout and marking. Learning to always reference off of the same show edge has made my work better.

3. Fine woodworking project video series. Especially Tim Rousseau's small cabinet and Garret Hack's small tool cabinet. Tim's discussion of grain selection, joinery selection and installation of kinfe hinges are top notch. Garrett Hack also delivered with his explanation of sliding dovetails and efficient transferring of layout.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Made By Hand by Tom Fidgen

I love the quality of the writing and photographs on Tom's blog. I'm sure his book is excellent. Please count me in.

Re: west coast cupboard

That is a very nice piece. I love the contrasting breadboard ends and the woven door lattice. Well Done

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Make Your Own Walking Sticks by Charles Self

I've been snowshoeing with my son lately and was thinking it would be nice to have walking stick to test for soft spots. Count me in on the draw please.

Re: VIDEO REPLAY: Tenon Shootout: Hand vs. Power Tools

Does a rabbeting block plane have a "nicker" to keep it tight to the shoulder? I typically use a shoulder plane but the plane creeps away from the shoulder with successive passes on the tenon cheeks. I then have to go back and clean up and undercut with a paring chisel.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: The Wood Finisher's Handbook by Sam Allen

I want in too please

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Wood Turning, from Tree to Table by Bill Bowers and Wooden Bowls from the Scroll Saw by Carole Rothman

I`m just getting started in turning, please count me in too!

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

Awesome giveaway prices. I already know that I'm getting a Veritas bevel up smoother. I'd sure love to have that L-N block plane though, or any other of the prizes for that matter.
Happy Holidays to all!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Craftsman Furniture Projects from the editors of Woodworker's Journal

I've been eyeing this book for awhile now and love the projects inside. Please count me in for the draw!

Re: - A Dedicated Sharpening Bench - part 5 - Shaping the Feet and Finishing the Frame

Hi Tom,

I've been following along since part one and I think the issue (if there is one) is that you haven't followed the traditional format of showing a photo of the finished product first. I know you included a sketch and that you're likely doing some of your design on the fly. I'm not sure if you're blogging as you build or if you are posting the process after the bench is done but I think it would be a bit easier to follow along if the reader had a good 3D representation of the final product. Don't get me wrong, I'm loving the posts, but have to agree that there is some slight difficulty in following the posts without knowing exactly where you're going. I prefer to think that this adds to the blog since there's always a surprise at the end when you show the progress photo.

Re: Update: DVD Giveaway: Working with Plywood by Hendrik Varju

Just listening to Hendrik discuss his DVD's with Matt Vanderlist is a learning experience. His DVD's must be a master class. Definitely count me in for this draw.

Re: A Dedicated Sharpening Bench- part 1

My sharpening station consists of a plastic bin full of water that I drag out onto the top of my MDF workbench. MDF and water don't play well together so I considered making a bench hook type sharpening station but haven't gotten around to it yet. I'm anxious to see what Tom has come up with though I'm not sure I have room in my basement shop for such as station.

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

1. Veritas Bevel Up Smoothing plane
2. Lee Valley Economy Turning tool spindle set
3. Magswitch feather board
4. Hirsch carving tools
5. Veritas Router Plane
6. Veritas Low angle Block Plane
7. Intro to Turning for furniture makers DVD
8. Joiner and Cabinet Maker book and DVD
9. Norton 8000 grit water stone
10. Sorby 1/4" Paring chisel

Re: New addition to my tool collection

Just this morning I bought an old Delta Lathe. I believe it's a vintage 4 speed Delta model 1460. It's an all cast iron beast with a 3/4 hp motor and variable speed using a pulley system. The motor was replaced with a Craftsman motor at some point and I can tell that the wiring was replaced though it still needs to have a new plug installed and a cover plate on the switch (I got a good buzz of of it turning it on for the first time!) The only thing that's missing is an MT#2 Live center for the tail stock which I see is at Lee Valley for about $35. I've never turned anything before so I can't wait to get some turning tools and try this baby out. I took a look at www.old-woodworking-tools.net to try and find a manual or date of manufacture from the serial number but I'm not sure how to find this. Anyone have any suggestions?

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Zany Wooden Toys that Whiz, Spin, Pop and Fly by Bob Gilsdorf

I'm always looking for projects to work on with my 11 yr old son. Please count me in.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: 500 Chairs and 500 Tables

Sign me up please

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

I'd love a copy of this book

Re: Bench Cookie Giveaway

"C" is for cookie, that's good enough for me!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: New Masters of the Wooden Box by Oscar P. Fitzgerald

I'd like a copy!

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

Sounds cool, I'd like to own this book

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture by Robert W. Lang

I've got this book on my Lee Valley Wish list. If I could win it here, I'd knock it off that veeery long list!

Re: UPDATE:DVD Giveaway: Revelations on Table Saw Set-up & Safety by Hendrik Varju

I love it, count me in too!

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

My favorite hand tool is my Veritas Bevel up jack plane. It is my first "premium" hand plane and it work like a dream both when smoothing wide boards, shooting or using as a large smoother or small jointer. It really is a "jack" of all trades in the plane world. My wife had actually bought me a Rigid oscillating spindle/belt sander for Christmas and after much deliberation on what I really wanted, I returned the sander to HD and bought the jack plane. No regrets!

My favorite power tool is my Rigid TS3650 table saw for its built-in lift system, great fence, power etc. A great product all around.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: The Encyclopedia of Wood

One of the beautiful things about woodworking is that you can never learn it all. I'm sure this book will serve as a reminder how little I actually know about the craft we all love. Count me in.

Re: UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Jointer and Planer Secrets by Hendrik Varju

Hendrik is da man! I'd love to have a copy of his DVD.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: The New Woodworker Handbook by Tom Hintz

Count me in

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Great Book of Wooden Toys, by Norm Marshall

A couple o weeks ago, my 11 year old asked me if I could make him a wooden machine gun. I'm not big on kids having replica guns but I loved playing cops and robbers as a kid so I caved and decided to make him one quickly using some scrap pine on the bandsaw. He was completely awestruck and really enjoyed helping me design it and cut it out. I let him use the rasp to shape the barrel and paint it. It was a really enjoyable experience that I'd love to relive with a project from this book. Count me in.

Re: The Brese Small Smoother Kit - Final Build Session

I've been following this blog with great interest. Thank you for blogging on your plane build process, it was very informative.

Re: UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Traditional Molding Techniques: Cornice Moldings by Don McConnell

I've read great things about this DVD and I'd love to have a copy.

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

I've always wanted to try veneering. I'd love to have this book to give me some guidance.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Choosing & Using Hand Tools

I've thumbed through this book several times and it's full of great stuff and beautiful pictures. I'd love to have a copy for myself. Count me in!

Re: Calling all benchtop warriors

I have a benchtop drill press, jointer and planer.
I'm fairly happy with the 12" drill press and honestly haven't needed anything bigger despite having made some large furniture projects. The model(Mastercraft)I have is pretty cheap and has a lot of runout though.
The 12-1/2" Dewalt DW734 lunchbox planer is awesome. I works great and fulfills all my needs.
I have a small Delta benchtop jointer. I think it's called the JT160. This was a purchase made because I went through the classic what to buy first, planer or jointer scenario. My wife solved that issue by buying me both at the same time but I've outgrown the jointer. Though it works very well for waht it is, the beds are really too short for making furniture parts. It would be perfect if someone was just into small box making but it's just not long enough to properly flatten long boards. I've needed to break out the handplanes on several occasions due to the limitations of the jointer. It'll do until I can buy a large 8" unit.

Re: UPDATE: Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Design

Lie Nielsen videos rock, I want this one!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Early American Country Furniture

Vey cool cover. I want it, please

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: The New Complete Guide to the Band Saw

I've been having a heck of a time trying to resaw with my saw. The blade wanders in the cut even after adjusting for drift. Perhaps this book will help. Count me in.

Re: Book Giveaway: Furniture Restoration - Step-by-Step Tips and Techniques for Professional Results

I restored an old dresser that was passed down to me from my mother. I don;t know how old it is but after removing several coats of gaudy paint, it ended up being beautiful maple underneath with nice dovetailed drawers. There was a great deal of learning involved in the project and I still get a sense of pride everytime I look at it.

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