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The top of this desk is made of bookmatched walnut boards.  The legs are steam bent white oak.  They protrude through the top, but are notched to accomodate movement.  The apron...

Make Waves

This cherry and steel wall sculpture is 5' by 9'.  Three slabs were cut from one log.  Each slab was cut into smaller pieces.  The pieces were turned off center creating concentric...

Cherry Sideboard

This sideboard is 66" long by 39" tall by 18" deep.  It is finished with lacquer except the top which has varnish.  The drawers are made with handcut dovetails.  The cherry is...

Dining Table

Walnut dining table measure 66" x 32".  It has breadboard ends.  The finish is a tung oil and varnish mixture. 

China Cabinet

This cabinet is made of Honduran mohagany and finished with shellac.  It mounts to the wall with a French cleat.

Coffee Table

Walnut with Varnish

Make Waves

Wall Sculpture 8' x 5' Cherry and Steel with Lacquer Finish.  I took three planks cut from the same log then cut each plank into smaller pieces.  Each piece was turned off center on the...


Walnut and Ash with Varnish

Dining Chair

Walnut with Varnish

Chest of Drawers

Walnut, Curly Red Maple, and Ebony

Recent comments

Re: Is Digital Manufacturing a Friend or a Foe?

I teach college design students how to make furniture using CNC routers. Those that understand or learn traditional joinery make the strongest pieces. Those that understand or learn handplanes and carving make the most tactile pieces. The students who don't know or learn these skills often build sterile furniture that will not last more than a month. CNC's are awesome tools but they can only be used successfully if the maker has a foundation of other skills.

Re: A Woodworking Public Service Announcement from Nick Offerman

I made the mistake of seeing his stand up show. His humor is below disgusting. He relies on a steady barrage of sexual comments and f-bombs.

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

great books great price

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

Sounds interesting.

Re: You Can't Beat the Physics of Kickback

I have met three men with amputed fingers in the last year and a half at physical therapy. All were the result of kickbacks and none had splitters or riving knives.

Re: UPDATE: Turning Toys with Richard Raffan

Would love to make toys for the kids.

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

I would sure love read this one maybe while wrapped in a blanket laying on my chest.

Re: Calculating for Wood Movement

Moisture meters are great but only accurrate in the 8 to 20% moisture content range. The most accurrate method is drying a small piece in the oven(100 degrees F). Weigh the sample prior to drying. Keep weighting until the weight does not change. This is the point at which no moisture is left in the wood or oven dry. Subtract the differences in original and oven dry weight and divide that amount by the oven dry weight. The result is the moisture content of the original wood.

Re: Redwood or Cedar?

Alaskan yellow cedar smell like potatos when cut and wet.

Re: Redwood or Cedar?

Wet a freshly cut piece. If it smells like hampster bedding it is cedar. Also, redwood is less dense than cedar.

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

Would love to have this.

Re: Peter Sandback Nails His Designs

Jonathan and FWW,
Thanks for your wonderful back cover pieces. Peter's work is inventive and beautiful. Thanks for sharing a new way to do surface treatment on wood.

Re: Starting a New Project

It is stealing when you copy someone's design. The designer spent hundreds if not thousands of hours working out the many variables to make it useable and good looking. Currently, many Chinese manufacturers are doing exactly what you are advocating without any thought of compensating the designer or the owner of the patenet rights.

Re: UPDATE: Making Wood Tools with John Wilson

Have made a few tools and would like to make more.

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

Sign me up!

Re: UPDATE: Dovetail Techniques with Stephen Hammer

The series on the web was fabulous. Would love to own for our woodworking club.

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

I need a new workbench due to a serious hand injury. The book would help.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Guitar Lessons by Bob Taylor

As an owner of a small woodworking business this would be a facsinating and helpful read.

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

Oh yea. Would love it.

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

This DVD would be great to win.

Re: 2B or not 2B


I wholeheartedly agree with your article. Drawing is where ideas begin. I draw in sketch books at least an hour a day. The process actually stimulates ideas. Many times I don't have an end product in mind. A shape or curve or motiff pops out of my pencil onto the page that excites me. I incorporate that into a piece of furniture and viola a new design has been created.

People say they are not creative and can't design a new piece. Hogwash! It takes work. Start sketching.

Re: Curvy Cot

Fabulous work and great design. Are the curved sides joined at each corner? Did you cut the curves at the top and bottom by hand or with a router template?

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

This Indiana hoosier would love to watch the DVD.

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

The perfect Christmas gift for me.

Re: UPDATE: Building Doors & Drawers by Andy Rae

Would love the book. I always enjoy his articles.

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

Would really enjoy this video.



Great piece. It fits well with the show's theme. I particularly like how you added to the temple table design to get this table. This table is more grounded with the additions below the columns. All the details and colors go well together. Your sense of design is exquisite. Thanks for sharing.


Re: Q&A with Furniture Maker Michael Fortune

Congrats to Michael and Fine Woodworking. Michael's articles and videos for FWW have been superb. He is an extremely inventive and enthusiastic person. I had the fortune to take a two course from him. He made it a point to help each of the sixteen students on problem solving and design individually each day.

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

Would love to read and own this book.

Re: How Do You Explain Your Prices?

I try to educate the client on my pricing immediately. I point them to my web site or to a gallery who deals my work. The points Gina made are good ones but most become self-evident after the client sees current and past work. I don't give my clients the hard sell by pointing out all the pluses of a custom made piece. They can't get ikea or target to come to their house and make a piece just the right size to fit between the fireplace and chair and just the right shade of brown to go with the painting on the wall. That is what they are paying for.

Re: Desk

Wonderful adaptation of a Stickley design to fit with a client's needs. Quite lovely piece.

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

Would love to have this video.

Re: Elements of a Good Trade Show Booth

I fail to see why a furniture maker would have a booth at a trade show. All trade shows I have attended involved companies that sell large quantities of items or sell to a large demographic. Custom made furniture makers sell small quantities to a small demographic. I believe, it would be a huge waste of time setting up a booth at a home show giving away pins and business cards with my name on them.

Re: Pat Murrin: How I Got Started in Woodworking

Patrick, I bet your head is ready to explode from all the classes you've taken. I was in Michael Fortune's class with you. For me woodworking is a second career. I have taken five weeklong courses, read a lot of books, watched a lot of videos, and made a ton of mistakes along the way. Best of luck to you. Dan

Re: Help Us Help You Sell Furniture

Is there a lot of merchandise being sold on CustomMade? I have seen advertisements for CustomMade through various woodworking venues. Are you marketing to people who buy furniture or just to woodworkers?

Re: Tim's easy chair

Beautiful chair. The lines and angles are gorgeous. The craftsmanship is first rate. I like the way the side rail of the seat extends beyond the seat a few inches into the back leg. You nailed it.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Wharton Esherick Studio & Collection

Would love to see more of his work and learn more about the man.

Re: Do woodworkers need the Furniture Society?

Asa, thanks for your thought provoking blog. I believe The Furniture Society is as relevant and needed today as ever. I am a member and past recepient of an educational grant. It allowed my designs to take a giant leap forward. The Society's annual symposium is well worth the membership fee alone. The Society's annual books are among my favorites on furniture. But the last couple years they have not published one. I am sure money is a factor. Are there are things the could be improved? Sure. As a member it is up to me to jump in and try to improve them.


Re: Tip-Top Tables Contest: We Have a Winner!

Congradulations to Chad. Your table is stunning and it looks great in the church. I especially like the twist of using eight legs. The matching arches on the stretchers and the aprons is a nice touch. The thematic way you wove in the cruxifiction is well done.


Re: Is the Radial Arm Saw on its Last Legs?

I use it everyday for crosscutting. I do have to check it for square before I cut important parts. But for roughly cutting to length its speed can't be beat. Why doesn't someone design one that starts the cut on the side closest to you and then you push the saw away from you to finish the cut.

Re: desk

Thanks Kevin. I added a couple of pictures.

Re: desk

All the aprons are curved. They are mitered at the corners. Making the miters was a challenge because of the curves and none of the corners are ninety degrees. I used a shooting board and shims to fine tune the angles. The edges of the top are curved to follow the aprons.

Re: desk

I forgot to say that the piece was finished today, June 10. It always feels good to finish a large project

Re: Q&A with Woodworking Experts

How many years did you work professionaly before you thought you were good at what you did?

What has been the most difficult part of your job to master?

Re: Is Danish Modern the furniture style of our time?


Do not denegrate the hobbyist. I have known hobbyists that are more than mere copiers but create amazing pieces. The thing that holds them back from becoming great furniture maker/designers on an international scale is the small body of their work.


Re: Is Danish Modern the furniture style of our time?

Krenov and Maloof's work was undoubtedly influenced by Scandanavian designs, however both were extremely innovative and original.

I do not believe a new furniture style has taken hold and surpassed Danish modern. At some point someone will vocalize a new movement through their work and words that will create a following of craftsmen and users. Is that person creating now?

Re: Credenza

I like the mid-century modern design. Well done.

Re: Poll: What power tools are on your holiday wish list?

I am looking to replace my scroll saw because no one makes the blades I need and they are a huge pain to change. The DeWalt saw looks inviting.

Re: A Dedicated Sharpening Bench - part 7 - The Glue-up


Wonderfully written piece with beautiful photos. The combination of hand tools and new technology is nice to see. The final product is stunningly simple and attractive.


Re: Bench Cookie Giveaway

I finally changed my pic. It is a rare one of me working.

Re: Pro Portfolio: Michael Hurwitz: Planks into Poetry

Amazing work that spans so many different materials, techniques, and furniture types yet is homogeneous. The work is light and airy but doesn't seem fragile. I enjoyed listening to the inspirations behind the designs.

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

Sounds like an interesting book.

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

I could use a new book on woodworking.

Re: Wrinkled Madrone Burl

Nice work. The shape is very well done. I like the way it crinkled and slumped after it dried.

Re: Ebb Tide

Beautiful work. The colors are amazing.

Re: Pattern #1

Beautiful piece. I am sure it was a challenge to make. I like the idea of repetitive patterns on wood.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Creating a Fine Art Entry Table by Robert Ortiz

I could use another book. So many books so little time.


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

I could use another book to read.

Re: School of Hard Knots

Your piece gave me a chuckle and makes me beckon back to my ole school daze.

Re: Cherry Sideboard

There is a typo. The doors are held shut by a peg and spring not the drawers.

Re: China Cabinet

It is 66" long x 34" tall and 13" deep.


Re: Television cabinet

Very nice piece. I would love to pictures with the doors open.

Re: Dancing Cross


Beautiful piece. I am sure it is more stunning in person. The curved frame is great and the colors are striking.

Re: Black Walnut & Zebrawood console


Nice work. I like your design. The sloped sides are a nice touch.

Re: Make Waves

Thanks. I have added more information. I agree there are a lot of possibilities.

Re: Chest of Drawers

Thanks. I made the drawer pulls by making a cove cut with the table saw on both sides of a rectangular block of ebony, a lot of sanding, and then cutting the parts in half. I am sure there is an easier way.

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