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Torii Nightstand

This piece started out as a small cabinet for my wife's office while also helping me build my portfolio.  I wanted a small case that would lend itselft to small production runs while still being...



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

We Have Peter Korn's "Woodworking Basics" listed as one of suggested texts for our FIW 101 students, it's fantastic book, would love to add this book to our woodworking library as well.

Re: Bubinga and walnut coffee table

Interesting design. How did you accommodate for seasonal movement in the captured shelf? Guessing at the shelf width of about 14" wide and typical season conditions in the Mid-Atlantic you would be looking at about 1/4" of seasonal movement in that shelf.

Re: Torii Nightstand

Thanks for the feedback,

Changing the rails is something I've been considering. I'm working on a desk design of similar style but have changed the rail profile, more of a Asian scalloped detail that follows the line of the rail between the drawer and doors but not an exact match.

I originally intended to use the drawer handle on the doors but thought they over sized and when I scaled them down didn't quite fit either. Still struggling with handles. I found some metal hardware that might work in place of the hand made handles.

I'll have to play with different species in the door panels as well as most art glass and maybe play with some leaded glass designs.

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

I do a bit of bent lam work but that's the extent of my wood bending experience, would love to have this book to learn some new techniques.

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

Love Taunton books and magazines, like to see "Home Furniture" back. Jeff Miller's book looks like a great companion to Rogowski's joinery book for our intro students at Red Rocks Community College's Fine Wood Working programs, would love to add this book to our program's library.



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