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Chippendale Mirror

This was a wedding gift for two close friends.  I'm just starting out, so my shop only has a bandsaw, workbench and various hand tools.  I started with roughsawn boards and...



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Re: UPDATE: Hand Planing Techniques by Hendrik Varju

I live for hand tools! Tell the wife to take the kids out for ten hours!

Re: Shop Talk Live 17: Behind-the-Scenes at Lee Valley Tools

The shopstumper sound is a SawStop tablesaw blade dropping into the brake.

I also have a suggestion for the podcasts. I've been listening to these podcasts for a long time now, and I find it disappointing that you guys repeatedly apologize to the listeners for being nerdy and geeky when discussing technical aspects of tool making, woodworking history, etc. We, as listeners and subscribers of your Fine Woodworking magazine, actively seek out your podcasts precisely because we are nerdy and geeky about woodworking. Interrupting the podcasts to say how nerdy you're being sends the signal that we should be ashamed of loving woodworking and fine craftsmanship as much as we do. Listening to some historical stories about woodworking helps to make the connection between our current work and work performed decades ago. People who aren't involved with woodworking aren't going to just stumble across this podcast and think, "Wow, these guys are too nerdy about woodworking for me to continue to listen."

Please continue your in-depth, historical, and techincal discussions because I think I speak for the rest of the Fine Woodworking when I say that's a big reason we continue to listen and read your work!

Keep up the great work you're doing on these podcasts, the online videos, recruiting the top craftsman, and the magazine. I have two small boys who are just getting to the age when they can create with me in my basement shop, and I hope they will continue to have access to your material without feeling ashamed that they enjoy the work as much as I do.

Re: Griffin Table

That is an amazing piece!

Re: Woodworking as a security blanket

I feel the same way. My shop is a great escape from all the normal worries.

Re: Future Period Furniture Articles

I'd like to see more Federal pieces.

Another cool subject would be pieces found in the White House. Maybe show how they were made in their time as well. I think it would be neat to build a replica piece and know it's sibling is currently in the White House.

Re: 100 Cigar Humidor

Nice design and the inlay on the top is just large enough to let you know something good is inside.

Re: Mottled Purpleheart Console

I like the look of floating top tables and your twist in the legs makes the table subtly stand out.

Re: office furniture

Did you build in any secret compartments into the desk?

Re: Veneered Coffee Table

The finish looks great and contrasting the yellow inner circle with the outside of the table was a good idea. The taper of the top and bottom adds a nice detail. I'm a big fan of the style of tables that look like their tops are floating.



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