New Bench: Top is reclaimed African Mahogany countertop. Base is from some Old Growth Dougals Fir that had been cut and stored in an attic over 40 years ago. Drawbore…
I have been considering building a new bench as well and am unsure of what I want to do with the top. I keep going back and forth between a single slab or two with a open trench in the middle, or to use 2" wide strips. I have a local source here on the west coast (Bobs Big Boards in Longview WA) who mills urban lumber to order. He has some nice 6"x30"x12' maple slabs that I have been eyeballing but can't decide if I want him to mill them down a little or a lot. How stable do yo think such large planks will be over time?
After 25 years of "machining wood" I have started to make the change over to handtool woodworking. It would have been nice over the years to have know which handtools I should have purchased and what features to have been looking for. I think this will be a great place to feature a specific type tool such as which handsaw, plane, or whatever and why. Then explain how to use and maintain it.
I look forward to the articles!
Pick Me, Pick Me. Love the Magazine, keep up the great work.
That is very inventive. I have a few odd pieces laying around, maybe I will have to try one. Nice job!!
I like the idea of the "Modern Masters" approach. It would be nice to see people who are really good at creating art from wood. Having them show which tools they use and how they use them (advertising dollars from manufactures), techniques they have learned over time, and even why they select the projects they do. You could mix in what markets they sell to as well as who the customers are that buy their work. You could feature various types of workers as well. Maybe have a turning master one week, custom cabinet maker the next, as well as fine furnature makers.
Anything you put on air, everyone from this site will watch, its attracting others to your site and to the craft that will be the challange.
Thanks for asking!
This book will help those of us who normally buy cheap cutting tools and then throw them out when they get dull. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!
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