Sandy Maguire, Horseheads, NY, US

I have been a woodworker for 30 years. I am a Journeyman Carpenter, Residential Designer/Builder, Certified Kitchen Designer(NKBA), was the Cabinetmaker for University of Oregon, and for the last few years a Woodturner, and most recently getting into woodcarving. I am retired/disabled, but spend 10-12 hours a day working in my shop. A few years ago I bought my first lathe - a 1953 Delta-Rockwell Homecraft 11" basket case for $50. Put it together, built a nice cabinet stand for it, bought some gouges, and I was off and running. I was totally enamoured with woodturning! Now I turn on a Powermatic 3520B Lathe and just love it. I'm fulfilling my retirement dream of being able to design and build furniture, cabinetry, a variety of woodturnings. Basically, I'm creating whatever I want to, and am having one hell-of-a-good time doing it. Oh yeah, and I've looked to Fine Woodworking for many many years for technical advice, enjoyment, and inspiration improving my knowledge and skills in my work.

Gender: Female

Birthday: 08/08/1954

Recent comments

Re: Building a Philadelphia Lowboy

Thanks so much for your response Tim:
I remember how difficult the learning curve was for AutoCad and I am just not ready for that lengthy process again. However, you have inspired me to look into Sketch-Up. When you discussed designing a rocking chair that really got me going. I have a stock of black walnut that I have been saving for years to build a rocking chair with. Although I used to build chairs for Country Coach, a major motorhome manufacturer, I have never tackled a rocking chair in my shop. Perhaps this is the time to learn the program. Hopefully my AutoCad experience will help. I'll let you know how it goes.
And many thanks for the inspiration to teach this old "bi.ch" that I can still learn new tricks. LOL
Take care, Sandy

Re: Building a Philadelphia Lowboy

Truly an amazing piece. I used to use AutoCad (Rel.12) to design and create working drawings for custom homes that my construction company built. I have not yet tried Sketch-Up for designing and producing working drawings for furniture. My concern is that the time spent in learning the program and producing everything correctly would not justify using the program. Obviously you have a pretty good handle on the Sketch-Up program, and the vidoe was very well presented. I would be interested to hear your thoughts on the investment in Sketch-Up to enhance my work and time. And lastly, I was particularly drawn to the carvings. I do some of that myself, and am currently studying online with Chris Pye. I am finding it very valuable. Are you a trained woodcarver? But I must say,in closing, this piece just takes my breath away! Cheers, Sandy Maguire

Re: Antique Workbench Completion

Thanks John for your interest in my project.
I should be starting on the build/rebuild in a few days. I have used this bench since I saved it from the wood pile. It is so rickety that I have 2 pipe clamps on the base to steady it up. But once I got used to not drawing blood walking around the clamps it has actually worked pretty good. and I love the vises. I should be able to shim them with lignum vitae to tighten them up a bit.
But here is my question - how do I post pictures of my project? I am quite new to the forum and am somehwat ignorant of the ins and outs so to speak. This is a question probably best posed to the "Regulars" to answer for me so I don't take up your (John's) precious time with mechanics. If anyone knows how to post pics or even short videos (other than UTube) here I would be much appreciative.
And John, I especially like your videos and projects. Whenever I see your name on something I watch it or read it.I have studied at great length your Roubo Workbench video, and plan to use the mortise and tenon joints you so eloquently teach there. You have a certain flair that is not often seen these days and quite enjoyable. I think it is a combination of your passion and youthful mastery of the craft. However you resaw it, it is wonderful. Thanks, Sandy Maguire

Re: Antique Workbench Completion

This is so timely. I am sitting here in my shop looking at my 100 year old workbench (which I am preparing to rebuild), checking my email, and low and behold there you are. My story is too long to relay (and would probably bore everyone), but my bench was destined to be chopped up for firewood, and if I wanted it, come get it. I have been collecting the materials and the tools to rebuild it now for over a year. Even the handtools are 100 years old, LOL. The project may be perfect for documenting. I've been a woodworker for 25+ years and this is my first real workbench. It has a wood screw front vise and tail vise that the split flange is missing from. Like you, I planned to take the piece of true lignum vitae I've been saving and make another. Your article was truly inspirational for me. As soon as my current orders are finished I'm going to start my "Half-and-Half Workbench Project" - meaning half old and half new. And before the Pot calls the Kettle black try reading things backwards-it's an old proof-reader's trick...

Re: Behold, the Speed Tenon

I also have been doing a modified version of this for years. The primary difference is that I make the shoulder cut, then I position the work piece to take a cut about half of the blade's thickness on the outside edge. Then I make repeated cuts in between the 2. It's only after removing most of the waste that I do the sliding cuts across the saw blade. It still makes a beautiful tenon but with less side pressure on the saw blade. If you use a starter block so as to not have 2 potentially binding fences that's great, but I feel like 2 cuts from an experienced pair of hands is not extremely dangerous. In addition, I think that the starter block is only asking for error so personally I wouldn't use it.

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

Fine Woodworking Magazine was and always will be my primary source for reference, ideas and technical knowledge. I am in the process of re-arranging my shop to include an Office/Computer station. Wouldn't it be too cool to have every FWM for a fast, handy resource right there in my shop! If it weren't for FWM I would still be a beginner instead of a professional who has made her living for over 25 years with her hands, wood, and Fine Woodworking Magazine.

Re: Behold, the Speed Tenon

I have been using a modified version of this technique for many years. The first cut is all the way to the fence (as in the video). Then I make a second cut on the end of the tenon making sure to leave a little of the blade exposed so there is no fraying. Then I make several inbetween cuts to remove much of the waste and finish with the side cuts across the blade to clean it all up. I have never had a problem with this, however, you do have to stay focused. I would recommend this for the experienced woodworker and not for novices.

Re: My Workbench

Your efforts and craftsmanship are never wasted on a creation you will enjoy immensely for the rest of your life. Is this not the reason we do this work? Very well done. Am planning mine now.

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