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Walnut and Birdseye Wall Clock

Walnut and Birdseye Wall Clock By Thomas Elsner Smith   Materials: Walnut, Hard Maple – Splatted Birdseye, Glass, Brass, Dye, Shellac, Glaze, Lacquer Dimensions: 6 in. deep by 12 in. wide...

Phoenix Rising - Table

Fenghuang Table by Thomas Elsner Smith   My idea for this table came from the “Inspired by China” furniture exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. I...

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Re: UPDATE: Acts of Creation: America's Finest Hand Craftsmen at Work by Walt Harrington


Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodworking's Tables and Chairs

Count me in, looks like a great book

Re: What Really Happens on a Fine Woodworking Photo Shoot

I think you found the entertainment for the FWW Live 2014.

Re: Extraordinary Arts and Crafts Furniture

Wonderful slideshow showing some of the best arts and crafts furniture and homes 1890-1910. Designs that obviously influenced the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene & Greene.

Re: UPDATE: Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Sharpening by Thomas Lie-Nielsen

This is one in the Tauton Woodworking series that I don't have and would love to win.

Re: Fine Woodworking reader makes flag box to honor WWII soldier

Your lack of understanding and compassion saddens me. This is an act of kindness for a family who lost a love one. My insignificant addition of the box is only a intended to show respect for a relic that might bring some comfort to the family.

"Your greatness is measured by your kindness; your education and intellect by your modesty; your ignorance is betrayed by your suspicions and prejudices, and your real caliber is measured by the consideration and tolerance you have for others.
William J.H. Boetcker (1873-1962)

Re: Robert Erickson's Chairs: Angle of Repose

Beautiful work. I love the artistic quality of their pieces, and the way they incorporate the natural beauty or nuisances of the wood/iron.

Re: UPDATE: Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac by Tommy MacDonald and Laurie Donnelly

Count me in, I love wood working books.

Re: UPDATE: Hand Planing Techniques by Hendrik Varju

Please count me in.

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

Great book by one of the top wood finishing experts. count me in too.

Re: Complete IWF Woodworking Show Coverage

Other than Powermatic (Walter Meier) I'm not seeing much investment in new or redesigned power tools. Where's Delta, and Grizzly? Has the slow economy stopped R&D in the woodworking tool industry? You would think that industry would take this time to develop new tools to renew interest or incentive for people to spend some hard earned dollars.

Re: General International Router Table Kits Give You Lots of Options

Looks similar to Jessem router tables and lifts.

Re: Whiteside Rolls Out the Cadillac of Flush-Trimming Bits

I would be interested in how they cut compared to similar premium and some budget priced router bits. Will they cure or reduce burning and chip out? Are they worth the big bucks?
There's your next article, Tom.

Re: The first-ever FWW Live, as it happened

Last night I tuned-up my Dad's old No. 6 Stanley using the recommendations from Rollie Johnson's and Mike Pekovich's presentation. It cut like never before, slicing through end grain like butter. As Nick Offerman described it "gossame shavings".

Nick's entertainment was hilarious, I was no more offended by it than I am by today's editorials. "I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine."
-Bertrand Russell

Re: Trim Plywood Edging Flush, Simply and Safely

I've used this method many times with a spiral bit to reduce chip out, but it does not eliminate chip out on gnarly wood. I like dchyatt's idea of trimming it on a tablesaw, and I'm going to give that a try.

Re: UPDATE: Dovetail Techniques with Stephen Hammer

Count me in. I'd be happy to do a review.

Re: Video Sneak-Peek of New Groundbreaking Video Workshop Series

Who know that FWW had a sense of humor, and even serious woodworkers know how to have fun.

Re: Inspiration from Arizona woodworkers

The Best in Show bowl by Schultheiss is amazing. I am not a turner, but that looks hard to make.

Re: Greatest community shop on the planet?

Thanks for bringing this to us Asa. As a future snowbird,it would be interesting to hear about other retirement areas with woodworking facilities.

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

Looks likes the odds of winning are declining fast, but if you don't play you can't win, so count me in.

Re: UPDATE: Building Small Cabinets by Doug Stowe

Count me in. I love Doug's book and video on box making. I am sure his cabinet book is just as good.

Re: Caption Contest Winner!

Is it really a hole or is it negative space? Only the Wood Genie knows for sure.

Re: AWFS Tool News: Jet, Powermatic, and Delta Retool their Brands

Was it Frank Zappa or Plato that said "Necessity is the mother of invention". It really doesn't matter who said it, but it's become very clear to manufactures world-wide that innovation sells even in a bad economy. Just look at the continued success of Apple. I think the wood working industry has been slow to accept that premise, but it's getting there.

Re: UPDDATE: Shop Improvements: Outstanding ideas from the world's finest woodworkers from Fine Woodworking magazine

I am always open to ideas for improving, so what could be better than a free book on improvement.

Re: Rikon Rolls Out New Contractor Saw

According to the Rikon literature, it is convertible from 110/120 to 240 volt single phase. I'm sure the 24v was just a typo?


Nice work Nick,
I really like your design, it's very eye catching. I don't have a lathe but, I think I am might try to make something similar using a tablesaw, some jigs, and a friends CNC router.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Working with Routers from Fine Woodworking

Considering how many times I haven't won, the odds must be in my favor to win this one; right?

Re: The Faces of FineWoodworking.com

It’s really great to see all the people associated with my favorite magazine and website.

FineWoodWorking.com is my #1 source for woodworking media. I check almost daily to see what the new postings are. It’s about the only place I can find the latest woodworking articles, editorials, news, blogs, shop and reader’s gallery, and super videos all in one location. When you consider all the research, tips, plans and extras available for members at one fixed price, it’s truly a bargain.

Thanks to the entire FWW staff,
Tom Smith

PS; I am glad to see you have Westies on the staff, they’re my favorite dogs too. I have two, Max and Maggie. But they don’t work well in the shop. They like to roll in saw dust and chew on wood.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Woodworking Techniques from Fine Woodworking

Ya, count me in too. I love woodworking books. This would make a great addition to my summer readings.

Re: Download our Best Woodworking Tips & Tricks!

There is a lot great tips that I've seen before, but it sure would be handy to have them all in one book as a shop reference. I'll probably buy it, or put it on my gift wish list.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Beginning Picture Marquetry by Lawrence Threadgold

I would love to have book, I do a lot of large surface veneering and would like to try picture marquetry.

Re: Delta Press Release on Separation from Stanley Black and Decker

The way this press release reads, this is just some sort of financing agreement, but I can't help think that Chang is going to have some say so in the Delta product line-up.

I have been very pleased with the Delta products that I have purchased and used for the last 20 twenty year. Hopefully the transition from Jackson, TN to Anderson,SC goes smoothly. However, that would be an exception, because most manufacturing facility moves do not go as expected and quality suffers.

Good Luck Mr. Bryan Wyffen

Re: Updated: Stanley Sells Delta Tools to Taiwanese Company

Considering the weak dollar and slow recovery. I'm not surprised that this company was sold to an Asian investor. Most of the tool manufacturing jobs have been gone for years. I assume that all the parts are already made in Taiwan or China. Hopefully the innovation, quality, and service won't decline.

Re: Bird's Eye Maple Vanity with handcut dovetail drawers

I love birdseye hard maple and use it frequently too. It can be difficult to work with, as it can easily tear out on the face, and chip on the edges. However, you didn't seem to have a problem with it, nice work.

I think that your wife will want you to build the next cabinets after she lives with the store bought kitchen cabinets for a while.

Re: Partners in Craft: Harold Wood and John O'Brien

These are inspiring works of art, to say the least.

Re: Shop cabinet done right

I love use of left-overs and the color.
I did a similar cabinet upgrade in my shop. It was more of a rehab though. I had some birdseye and curley beech that was less than furniture quality and decide to cover my old melamine cabinets this summer. I'll send you a link.

Re: Video: Godzilla the Horizontal Mortiser

Looks simple to build and very functional.
Good Job, Brian

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Traditional Projects from the New Best of Fine Woodworking

Please count me in too.

Re: IWF Alert: Lunch is on Us!

I'm not sure I can make it because I'm attending Mitch Kohanek's finishing session 11:00 - 12:30. Give me the location and try to meet you.

Re: IWF 2010: New Tool Preview

See you in Atlanta. It looks like the 2010 IFW is downsized considerably from 2008. It will be interesting to see how the furniture/woodworker industry has responded to this economy. I see that there's a lot of conferences and seminars on reducing costs and finding new business. I would have to think that the tool manufactures will cutting or reducing too. With the exception of the Bosch miter saw, I haven't seen any previews for "revolutionary" new tools.

My primary interests will be looking at 12" jointers and what's new in waterborne finishes.

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

This is one book I'd really love to get. Count me in too.

Re: Watch the preview of Tommy Mac's new woodworking show

I am really encourage by the preview, and anxious to see the entire series. I noticed that he had Philip C. Lowe in some of the shots; hopefully we'll get some insight from him and other experts too.

My concern is that he may focus only on traditional East Coast furniture and not diversify episodes/projects. I hoping that he will have plans and videos available too.

Re: Dresser / Mirror

I assume you sprayed the EM6000. Did it need to be rubbed and how did that go?

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Working with Tablesaws, from the editors of Fine Woodworking

I never win, but what the heck I'll give it a try

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Wood Finishing Fixes by Michael Dresdner

Begin with the end (finishing)in mind

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Tables You Can Make, from the editors of Woodworker's Journal

Like clamps, you can't have too many woodworking books.

Re: Dresser / Mirror

Looks like very nice finishing, I assume that you sprayed it. How did it go with the waterborne? Did you do anything different from a solvent base? Was it just tinted or some pigment added also. The waterborne finishes I'm used don't seem to have the same build and deep appearance as solvent base lacquer.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Civil War Woodworking by A.J. Hamler

Sounds like an interesting book, that I'd like to read.

Re: Hallway Table

Nice work, you really brought out the natural beauty of the wood.

Re: Walnut and maple table

It's beautiful table Doug. I love maple and walnut together. What is the finish?

Re: Hank Gilpin: Exploring the American Forest

I totally agree with Hank. The natural beauty of wood includes what many woodworkers consider defects or junk wood. The trick is figuring out how to incorporate those features into the furniture which reveals the beauty and diversity of nature.

Re: UPDATED: Giveaway and Poll: The Most Requested Woodworking Gifts of 2009

Any of these tools would look good under the tree with my name on it. Come on Santa

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: 500 Chairs and 500 Tables

I've always wanted a set of these books. Count me in too.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: New Masters of the Wooden Box by Oscar P. Fitzgerald

I have Doug Stowe's excellent book and video. I would love to have this box making book too.
Good Luck to me.

Re: Disposable cups fit most gravity-feed spray guns

When it comes to clean-up,any of disposable cups are a vast improvement over standard gravity cups that come with the spray guns. However, I prefer the 3M PPS products because the sealed cup/bag allows you to turn the gun upside-down or sideways, which comes in handy when spraying woodworking projects like tables or inside cabinets. The 3M cups come in three sizes which lets you adjust the cup/finish needed for the size of the task.

I love Sata spray guns. The quality is awesome and the tech support is the best.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: The New Complete Guide to the Band Saw

I have Mark's earlier book "Bandsaw Handbook" and thought so much of it that I took a lesson from him. Besides being a great technical writer, inventor, and master at the bandsaw, Mark is a genuine nice guy.

Congratulation on your new book Mark,
Tom Smith

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