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Re: UPDATE: Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman by Peter Korn

My wife says she will confiscate all my tools and sell them on eBay if I don't offer a valid reason why I build things instead of buying them at say........Ikea (uhhh, i hate that name). This book will help me continue my woodworking career.

Re: UPDATE: Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman by Peter Korn

I'm sitting in a Thailand hotel contemplating my next project. This book would help.

Re: UPDATE: Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman by Peter Korn

My wife is begging for me to win this book!!!

Re: Maple and Walnut Blanket Box

That is a very nice look and i like the combination of woods. Very contemporary.

Re: UPDATE: Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman by Peter Korn

This would be a great book for my wife to read! Especially the part about why it matters. So for her I'd like to win this book.

Re: UPDATE: Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman by Peter Korn

Any book that helps my woodworking is greatly needed. Thanks FWW!!!!

Re: Wedge is the secret to perfect angled mortise-and-tenon joints

How about showing the start to finish in an issue of FWW? I like the project!!!

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

There once was a man from Nantucket,
Who could never build a box and said, er ........'heck with this!'
But learn how he was still really wantin'
So he went over to Taunton
And thought maybe this a good book for him!!
- a woodworker not a poet

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

Great box book!!!!

Re: Box project - Mystery wood?

Not sure if the continent is right, but looks like canarywood to me.

Re: Walnut bench after Nakashima

Well done! I like the effect of the natural slab and the bow ties. Nice piece!

Re: How to dry wood by using High Frequency Vacuum Wood Dryer

This looks like a great system and very expensive, so i am only going to purchase two units. Interesting to get some perspective on the drying process. Thanks for the info.

Re: Shop Talk Live 36: Definitely a Dovetail Disaster

Ed, you can drop those old floor boards in my driveway if you have too many. Just e-mail me and I'll give you my address. I hope it's not inconvenient that I live on the West coast.

Re: Live Edge Table

That is a beautiful slab!!!

Re: Olive Silverware Chest

I think your choice of veneer is outstanding. It looks so natural as if it were made from a solid block of wood. I also like the style of base. Very elegant!

Re: Live edge curly maple slab coffee table with curved ipe legs

Hipaul, did you cut the curves for the legs from thicker stock or did you use bent lamination. And in the photos it looks like you dovetailed the legs to the top, it that right or just the angle of the photo? Thanks, Dan

Re: Live edge curly maple slab coffee table with curved ipe legs

Very nice combination of the slab and the legs. Often the legs look like an after thought, bit in this case it flows well. Nice job!!!!!

Re: What hand tools can't you live without?

Mike, I envision a book in the making. Maybe a weekly how-to show, of which the woodworking community is definetly lacking. How about a full length blockbuster movie!!!!! After all, look what TopGun did for Navy pilots!!! I think you are the man to bring woodworking into the mainstream!

Dan

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

My 18 month old would love to win this book. He is a big fan of TMac.

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

Tommy Mac Rules!!!!

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

I wood love to win this book!!!!

Re: UPDATE: Hand Planing Techniques by Hendrik Varju

I sure wood love to win this DVD, woodn't you?

Re: UPDATE: Hand Planing Techniques by Hendrik Varju

Funny thing, just the other day my 3 y/o said, "Dad, I sure would love to have the Hand Planing Techniques DVD by Hendrik Varju's." It brought a tear to my eye. How could you say no????

Re: UPDATE: Hand Planing Techniques by Hendrik Varju

Winning this DVD would be just plane fantastic!!!!!!

Re: Details -- Inserting an Ebony Spline

Did you use the false spline to save on the ebony, or is there a structural reason for the separate splines? Thanks for the info.

Dan

Re: UPDATE: Routers & Router Tables from the editors of Fine Woodworking

Routers are the most bestest tools. Me hope to win the book.

Re: From Raw Steel to Righteous Tool

I totally agree with kslinksoutlet .... I'm speechless! Awesome video, please keep these coming!

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

Yep, Saw Stop hittin' the ol' wiener.

Re: From Raw Steel to Righteous Tool

I really enjoyed watching the video on the hand forged tool. Please keep videos like this coming!!

Re: High School Shop Class Helps Town Bounce Back from Tornado

Hey pupps, that's what Gunny ment. These kids are great for stepping up to the plate to help rebuild, instead of waiting for the government (taxpayers) with your hand out demanding $$$$$$$!!! I hear ya Gunny!!!

Re: Great design from simple geometry

Very nice designs on this piece. Not overly done as many carved pieces can be. I have avoided any type of carving in my work but this makes me want to rethink it. Well done!

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

I could use the help!!

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

I need all the finishing help i can get!

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

I would be proud to receive Jeff's book!!

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

Great episode guys (#13). Matt, I too purchased the Lie-Nielsen #9 miter plane. At one of their tool events I tried out the #51 and found it a bit large and cumbersome, but the #9 is just the right size and heft. It works great on the shooting board and slices end grain like butta'. Ed, please turn up the volume on Mike's voice. It's as if I am straining to hear words of wisdom from the Dalai Lama and risk missing out on total woodworking consciousness. Keep up the great podcasts!

Re: a hanging chestnut porch swing

After seeing the first photo, I'm sure I saw whats coming on America's Funniest Videos.

Re: From tree to picture frame

It must be dogwood because it still has some bark!

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

Greg You're The Man!!!!!!!

Re: Sofia Table

Very classy look on your coffee table. I really like the combination of woods and the drawer front detail. I will have to borrow that detail in the future.

Re: UPDATE: Making Wood Tools with John Wilson

I would be honored to own this book.

Re: California Considers Tougher Safety Standards for Tablesaws

"...so you crying little girls who are so unhappy that you will be forced to use a tool that eliminates the chance of you harming yourself, please go home and suckle your T-saw and cut your fingers off now so you can brandy about how free you are to do so, while the rest of humanity can go about its business"

Hey sawsall316, what you are actually pushing for is a total nanny state. These fools are going to legislate everything from your big tough guy SAWSALL to the toilet paper you use. And it is crying little girls like you that keep asking the state to wipe your snotty nose. We aren't going to be able to go about "humanities business" - we will only be able to go about the business that the government allows.

Re: California Considers Tougher Safety Standards for Tablesaws

Richinsd52 you hit the nail on the head!!! With the laser guided, flesh sensing, government approved hammer, of course!!! How long will it be before the government requires a certification for operating any kind of wood shop. You will be required to show your certification card in order to purchase wood or tools. And can you say T-A-X! Oh yeah baby! they are going to need a lot more T-A-X money to pay for those inspectors. T-A-X, T-A-X, T-A-X - get used to it!!

Re: California Considers Tougher Safety Standards for Tablesaws

Oh yeah, all power tools will no longer be allowed to use electricity. They must all be powered by those little furry rodents. Power tools will still be measured in HP (hamster power). However, legislation will also require the operator to pay the rodents union wages, with workers comp, medical and dental insurance, and lifetime pensions.......etc....etc....etc...

Re: California Considers Tougher Safety Standards for Tablesaws

I think the California legislature is also considering requiring retractable safety guards on all your chisels, planes, hand saws, and screw drivers. As well as flesh sensing technology on all hammers and mallets that will detect strikes to your thumb before you swing. Laws will be passed outlawing marking knives too; you must now use crayons to mark your dovetails. I agree!! To hell with all this bravado rhetoric - the government will save us!!!!!

Re: Free Handplane Book Download for Online Members

Trying to download Garrett Hack's handplane book available for free to all members. Cannot get it to work. Could you please fix the link to this offer. Thanks,
A loyal customer

Re: Fine Woodworking On the Road: Come out and see us

Hey guys, don't be intimidated by our superior woodworking skills out here on the west coast. We are always willing to share our knowledge to help you become better woodworkers.

Re: UPDATE: Building Small Cabinets by Doug Stowe

Good book.

Re: UPDATE: Building Small Cabinets by Doug Stowe

Hey Doug, Could you put in a good word for me. I have all your other books and I think you are the bestest. I put the 5 bucks in the mail.

Re: UPDATE: Building Small Cabinets by Doug Stowe

I neeeeeeeeeeeeeed this book!!!!

Re: Simplify your tabletop glue-ups

When you wipe it you force the glue into the grain and cause finishing problems if you don't scrape or plane down below the dried glue. Try just letting it bead up on the surface. If your getting huge runs of glue you are probably using too much glue. Instead, after it has been clamped for 2-3 hour the glue is still somewhat flexible, easily scraped away and it has not penetrated the grain. Much easier to deal with this way.

Re: the Gorman bench

Re: Simplify your tabletop glue-ups

On a more serious note - I have used a spring joint to get a nice tight fit on the ends with great results and no cracking over time. I also use c-clamps with cauls on the ends to make sure the two surfaces are flush. Tom is right that gluing only a couple joints at a time reduces the stress. I use Titebond II glue and let each joint dry for about two hours then glue up the next joint. When clamping subsequent joints I never worry that I have not left the clamps on long enough. I let the final clamping set overnight. Finally, I finish the top with a card scraper and then a smoothing plane. Works pretty well.

Re: Simplify your tabletop glue-ups

Hey David, yeah I did have it but then I loaned it to Sandy and he loaned it to Karl. Karl said he left it on my doorstep. I'll bet my neighbor Detter borrowed it. Look out Detter, I'm coming for my jointer!!!!!!!!

Re: Simplify your tabletop glue-ups

Good advice on the glue-ups Tom, but for the life of me I can't remember where I left my 16" jointer!

Re: UPDATE: Building Doors & Drawers by Andy Rae

If you saw my work you would probably send me the book as a charity case. Thanks.

Re: UPDATE: Building Doors & Drawers by Andy Rae

My bribery check is in the mail. I look forward to winning.

Re: Box - Slider

Many of the box projects in this gallery are way overdone to the point of being gawdy. But I really like the simplicty of your piece. It is very clean. Did you build the outer section and then crosscut it to maintain the continuous grain? I am interested in your plan if you ar willing to share it.

Re: We're Giving Away Grooving Planes!

Oh man!!!!! You guys are killing me with these captions. Please stick to woodworking. I am sure you guys are better at woodworking than you are at comedy. No offense though.

Re: Fine Woodworking On the Road: Come out and see us

Yeah, what's up? Don't be afraid to venture out to the wild west. We won't bite.

Re: The Editors Mailbox Has a New Home

In recent years I have seen the popularity of coffee tables, benches, conference tables, etc., with live edges. I would really like to see an article in FineWoodworking that addresses the use of these large slabs. How to flatten the top, leave or remove bark, and how to finish these rough edges. I do not not remember seeing this type of project in past issues. Thanks for considering this suggestion.

Dan MacGregor

Re: Have you seen Tommy Mac's new woodworking show? Let us know what you think.

I must say I was not impressed with the opener, but I will give it a chance. After all there are no other quality woodworking shows on TV now. I was really hoping for another David Marks style show and projects, but I think that is too much to ask. Give Tommy Mac a chance and maybe he will surprise us. Its better than watching the weekend political talk shows.

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

"I know what your thinking...did I route 8 mortises or only 7? Well, being this is the Bosch 3 1/4 magnum you have to ask yourself....huh, oh yeah. You begin by aligning the router with the edge....

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

"Maybe my mom was right - I should've gone to law school."



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