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Greene & Greene Inspired Box

I've recently been making boxes and decided I wanted to do one that incorporated Greene & Greene elements. The primary wood used is Mesquite with Ebony hinges and accents. the box bottom is...

Eastern Red Cedar Blanket Chest

The wood for this chest was salvaged from trees destined to be bulldozed and burned. It's roughly 42" x 18" x 21", finished with Shellac and wax. The inside is left unfinished to preserve the...



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Re: Self center mortising jig

Cool jig. How about some more detail?

Re: Side Table

I like rustic, I like simple, I like organic, but there is something about the classic designs that just suits my eye.

This table is that way. Without noticing all of the exceptional detail and craftsmanship, the first glance, overall look is simply stunning. The style, the proportions, the woods used, the intricate craftsmanship all fit together to form a very pleasing, elegant look. This one gets my vote, too.

Re: How to Win $1.5-Million: Lessons from the Tablesaw Lawsuit

There is no mystery to me about how a jury could have awarded Osorio $1.5 million dollars. In case you have been living under a rock for the past 40 years, the judgement is simply a reflection of where we in the USA are as a society.

No one is responsible for their own actions, it's always someone else's fault.

If you screw up and hurt yourself, don't worry, there are plenty of ambulance chasers willing to file suit in your behalf and plenty of imbecelic jurors willing to re-distribute the wealth.

In my opinion, Osorio is a candidate for the Darwin award. Even with no experience operating power tools, only an idiot would use a tablesaw with no guard, no splitter and no fence. Only a bigger idiot would keep pushing on the stock when something was obviously wrong.

This suit (and the ones surely to follow), the sleazy lawyers who make their living off such suits and the ignorant jurors who made a decision based on emotion instead of fact make me sad for the present state and especially the future of this once great country.

Re: Better than seeing The Lord in a grilled-cheese sandwich

I once saw (I think on TV) a person grinding off stones a bit at a time to reveal a "picture" inside, not unlike those lovers in the veneer panels.

It's amazing what amazing treasures nature provide to those who seek them.

Re: Miracle Shield Blocks Kickback

I'm curious. Will FWW try to get the CPSC to make the Woodstop device mandatory on all new tablesaws?

I think woodstop will be a hit...no pun intended. From reading the various woodworking forums, it seems that the majority of new woodworkers out there are looking for some gizmo that will keep them safe.

Re: Ruthie's Box

That is a wonderfully crafted box. I'm not familiar with end-grain veneer but I will become so. It looks fantastic the way you used it.

I, too, can appreciate the fitting of those quad hinges and the mortised lock. They are also not inexpensive.

I'm sure it will become a treasured possession by your daughter one day. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Re: Greene & Greene Inspired Box

Thanks for the comments.

The Ebony plugs actually hide screws that are used in conjunction with glue for the box joints. I marked the locations for the plugs, used my benchtop mortiser with a 5/16" square chisel and bit to cut a shallow mortise and then drilled a counter-sunk thru hole for the screws.

Re: Newport Style Bureau

Mike,

The carving is outstanding as usual, the grain matching of the Cherry is near perfect and the craftsmanship is impeccable. This piece will only become more beautiful with age, too, as the Cherry darkens. Wonderful work.

Re: Is it OK to sell furniture based on FWW articles?

I believe it was Solomon who said, "There is nothing new under the sun."

All furniture is copied from someone else's design. It may be modified or embellished but it's still a copy of a copy of a copy...

Sam Maloof's iconic rocking chair was copied in part from Danish furniture with it's sculpted flowing lines.

The 18th Century Masters built their furniture from mostly English designs which were copied in part from French designs. Chippendale did not invent the designs in his "Director", he simply copied others, embellishing them and drawing variations of each piece. The Ball & Claw, so associated with Chippendale furniture was not even in the "Director" but is a Chinese design.

Does anyone here use mortise & tenon joinery, dovetail joinery, practically any type of joinery you can imagine? Well, you are copying someone because those joinery methods have been around for centuries. If you don't copy, you can't build furniture or anything else for that matter.

I'm a hobbiest but I sell the occassional piece to supplement my tool budget. I sometimes build from plans and I often modify those plans to suit my fancy. If I do it long enough, I'll eventually come up with a "new" design that I can call my own, even knowing that it isn't.

So, to ask permission to copy a plan is courteous but not doing so is not unethical, IMNSHO.

Re: Is it OK to sell furniture based on FWW articles?

I believe it was Solomon who said, "There is nothing new under the sun."

All furniture is copied from someone else's design. It may be modified or embellished but it's still a copy of a copy of a copy...

Sam Maloof's iconic rocking chair was copied in part from Danish furniture with it's sculpted flowing lines.

The 18th Century Masters built their furniture from mostly English designs which were copied in part from French designs. Chippendale did not invent the designs in his "Director", he simply copied others, embellishing them and drawing variations of each piece. The Ball & Claw, so associated with Chippendale furniture was not even in the "Director" but is a Chinese design.

Does anyone here use mortise & tenon joinery, dovetail joinery, practically any type of joinery you can imagine? Well, you are copying someone because those joinery methods have been around for centuries. If you don't copy, you can't build furniture or anything else for that matter.

I'm a hobbiest but I sell the occassional piece to supplement my tool budget. I sometimes build from plans and I often modify those plans to suit my fancy. If I do it long enough, I'll eventually come up with a "new" design that I can call my own, even knowing that it isn't.

So, to ask permission to copy a plan is courteous but not doing so is not unethical, IMNSHO.

Re: Reader Says Mythbusters Missed on Hammer Strikes

I've never had it happen but I have no doubt that striking two hammer heads together can cause a piece to chip off of one or both. Explode?...hardly.

After 36 years of working on and around drilling rigs, I've seen all types of hammers...from 16 oz. claw hammers to 16 lb. sledge hammers used and abused in every way imaginable. I've never even seen one chip, much less explode.

Besides, there are few actions in a woodworking shop that someone will not consider unsafe. Practicing common sense safety is a good thing but seeing or imagining danger around every corner becomes a bit jaded after a while.

Re: Reader Says Mythbusters Missed on Hammer Strikes

I've never had it happen but I have no doubt that striking two hammer heads together can cause a piece to chip off of one or both. Explode?...hardly.

After 36 years of working on and around drilling rigs, I've seen all types of hammers...from 16 oz. claw hammers to 16 lb. sledge hammers used and abused in every way imaginable. I've never even seen one chip, much less explode.

Besides, there are few actions in a woodworking shop that someone will not consider unsafe. Practicing common sense safety is a good thing but seeing or imagining danger around every corner becomes a bit jaded after a while.

Re: Reader Says Mythbusters Missed on Hammer Strikes

I've never had it happen but I have no doubt that striking two hammer heads together can cause a piece to chip off of one or both. Explode?...hardly.

After 36 years of working on and around drilling rigs, I've seen all types of hammers...from 16 oz. claw hammers to 16 lb. sledge hammers used and abused in every way imaginable. I've never even seen one chip, much less explode.

Besides, there are few actions in a woodworking shop that someone will not consider unsafe. Practicing common sense safety is a good thing but seeing or imagining danger around every corner becomes a bit jaded after a while.

Re: My Neander Haven

Fine hand tools deserve a fine place to house them and Gary has built such a place. The tool cabinets are elegant, functional and beautiful. I wish they were in my shop.

Cody Colston

Re: Future Period Furniture Articles

I'd like to see more articles on Federal style furniture along with Chippendale, Queen Anne and Hepplewhite.

Mission, Shaker and Greene & Greene I can get from other publications...all of them.



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