butchf18a

butch miller, Woodland, WA, US
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Birthday: 01/19/1954

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Desk name plate

Marguetry scraps; Birdseye maple for background, walnut and cherry inlay. Walnut frame.

USMC Margquetry Emblem

30 years after I started service with the Marines my son elected to serve. Now a scout sniper platoon commander scheduled to deploy to Afganistan, this was made to honor our generational bonds...

Tedrahedron Jewelry box

Tedrahedron from the side, pyramid from the back, triangle from the top.....5 layers, secret compartment inside top layer

Buckeye burl pens

Christmas gifts. Pens are the Berea Hardwood European Round Top pen made with Buckeye Burl.

victorian style birdhouse

Victorian style birdhouse designed primarily for Wrens. Cedar construtcion with cedar lap siding and cedar shingles. 8"x10"x10.5"

Valet box

Valet box. Case constructed of walnut. Corner joints made with Rout R Joint system Heart pattern. The doors are Brazilian Rose wood utilizing 1/8" brass pins for hinges. Louis Cube parquetry pattern...



Recent comments


Re: UPDATE: 3 Book Giveaway! Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to...

One of the best ways to improve on any skill set is to have quality reference materials. That and unlimited access to wood and shop time.

Re: Digital Angle Gauge: What do you use yours for?

I do a lot of segmentation, accuracy is vital. Errors add up, this minimizes them.

Re: UPDATE: Woodworking 101 by Aime Fraser, Matthew Teague, and Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk

Never waste an opportunity to learn.

Re: Margaret Rose end-grain cutting board

very nicely done, extremely creative

Re: How to Make a Checkered Inlay

Nicely done. For those interested in making inlay bandings, I highly recommend Steve Latta's dvd "Fundamentals of inlay: Making ornamental bandings". He demonstrates the entire process beginning to end, in a manor that anyone could follow. I was particularly impressed with his methodology for cutting pieces on the table saw. Efficient, accurate, repeatable, and above all safe. One of the nice features of the dvd is he'll use large blocks to illustrate the techniques.

Re: Play Fine Woodworking's Game: Against the Grain

100%. Good start. This one was easy and informative. Agree with so many others regarding the ring. What I'd like to see for here and at Fine Homebuilding, where you have the excellent inspector series, is how about a button which leads to the answers. We don't all always get them all correct and would be enlightening to see the one(s) missed. Excellent beginning, thank you.

Re: Play Fine Woodworking's Game: Against the Grain

100%. Good start. This one was easy and informative. Agree with so many others regarding the ring. What I'd like to see for here and at Fine Homebuilding, where you have the excellent inspector series, is how about a button which leads to the answers. We don't all always get them all correct and would be enlightening to see the one(s) missed. Excellent beginning, thank you.

Re: Play Fine Woodworking's Game: Against the Grain

100%. Good start. This one was easy and informative. Agree with so many others regarding the ring. What I'd like to see for here and at Fine Homebuilding, where you have the excellent inspector series, is how about a button which leads to the answers. We don't all always get them all correct and would be enlightening to see the one(s) missed. Excellent beginning, thank you.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Getting the Most from your Wood-Buying Bucks

nothing beats more working knowledge. Mr Wells, what did you do with the keyy to the time machine so we can go back to the begining of May

Re: Man Wins Big Money in Tablesaw Lawsuit

How many woodworkers were on the jury? Experienced, professional, amature, or otherwise. My guess is 0.

Re: Man Wins Big Money in Tablesaw Lawsuit

Short and sweet....PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. It's always someone elses fault.

Did he follow all the manufacturers published safety rules and rules of usage? If he had there would be no accident.

When I first took shop class, you couldn't even turn on a machine until you'd passed a strict knowlege and safety test. Did this moron have any training?

I believe any 3rd grader could have won the argument against a clear case of incompetence.

As previously noted: YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID

Re: USMC Margquetry Emblem

eagles wings-Amboya Burl
anchor-maple
lettering, banner and rope-holly
continents-cherry
latitute lines-rosewood
beak, talons-pearwood
eagles crown....don't remember, need to go back to my notes.

Re: USMC Margquetry Emblem

TX Sawdust,
Perhaps the picture does not do justice to the colors. The blue I think you are referring to for the inner border is actually black. The wood is Black Dyed Costello, an ebony substitute acquired from Certainly Woods. The red inner field is Red Dyed Koto, also from Certainly Woods. The yellow (gold) is dyed poplar from B & B Rare woods. Normally I don't use dyed woods in my marquetry, however in order to get the colors right for his piece I used them. The idea was to replicate the emblem as closely as possible.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: The Wood Finisher's Handbook by Sam Allen

a well planned project is a good start, but still need a good finish....add me to the list please

Re: Dovetail Delusions

I too found the learning curve of practical hand-cut dovetails fleeting at best until taking the time to read, review, and view all the available information right here on Fine Woodworking. Armed with almost too much information, guidance and advice from true professionals, I enjoy tearing up the scraps of material laying around and can actually make a reasonable drawer or chest with hand-cut dovetails. More practice is needed, but thanks to all the info here I'm at least making progress.

Re: USMC Margquetry Emblem

Opps, guess not true that all was double bevel. The lines of latitude were inlayed using knife after mounting.

butch

Re: USMC Margquetry Emblem

RJ,
thank you for your kind comments. It was my honor to serve, my son feels the same. I used double bevel for all the pieces. Using a homemade fret saw (made by a member of Columbia River Marquetry Club) I used various blades sized from 5/0 to 8/0.

Re: Free Plan: A Dedicated Sharpening Station

I have the perfect spot for this wonderful shop accessory. Have plenty of sharpening equipment (stones, jigs, etc) this would help me get it all organized into one workable area.

Re: Poll: What accessories, jigs, and shop gear are on your holiday wish list?

please oh please some heat for the shop. At least I can bring my bench-mount fret saw in where it is warm and dry to work on marquetry.

Re: Poll: Any Machinery on your Holiday Wish List?

Power tools I have, Norm may say "you can never have too many clamps", well I feel the same way about routers...bring 'em on.

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

Wow the list could be endless, still I'd settle for some Lie-Nielson planes to round out my selection.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Craftsman Furniture Projects from the editors of Woodworker's Journal

a library without books is just shelves. looks like a good one to add to the library.

Re: Airplane shelf

Nicely done. I'm sure she will enjoy it, esspecially since the love was obviously built in.

Re: Valet box

thank you for your compliment as well as your service. I do thank you for the free ride to the battle area (Marine/Navy jab, I know you have your share for me as well, all in fun). My proudest moment was not to have served but to hear my eldest say my inspiration led him to serve as well. He is currently 2ndLT in the Marine Corps with his younger brother to soon follow. As well as a young man, my eldests best friend, who is now a Navy Seal.

Love your clocks.

Semper Fi

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Modern Cabinet Work by Percy A. Wells and John Hooper

Hello editors, are you only counting entries made according to Eastern Standard Time? Out here on the west coast I posted at 11:05pm yet it shows as 2:05am, your entry instructions don't specify.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Modern Cabinet Work by Percy A. Wells and John Hooper

whoa, close to the deadline. There is always something to learn, often the best methods are those tried and true ones that have stood the test of time, as I'm sure this book illustrates. Would love to add this to my library.

Re: New Yankee Workshop Series Ends

So sad to see the end of this marvelously motivating show. With so little positive television, NYW always rose above giving us more than we asked for. I credit my father for introducing me to woodworking as a young boy, yet so many valuable lessons have been acquired through watching and rewatching Norm. When there is hesitation on birthday gifts my wife always remembers "you can never have too many clamps". Thanks Norm

Re: Bench Cookie Giveaway

looks like a great, yet simple, device to make life in the shop a little easier, Add me to the list

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

an opportunity to learn more and take my simple talents to higher level, count me in. Didn't use the word ostensibly this time.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Essential Guide to the Steel Square by Ken Horner

dang computer...didn't intend to post 3 of the same comment, but when computer says didn't go through i tried again and again. After logging back on there they all are.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Essential Guide to the Steel Square by Ken Horner

Just when you think you know it all something comes along to prove you wrong. The plumb bob and square were used to build the pyramids. Yet few people, including myself, understand and appreciate the mulitplicity of capabilities held within this ostensibly simple tool.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Essential Guide to the Steel Square by Ken Horner

Just when you think you know it all one discovers they are wrong. The plumb bob and the square were fundamental in the construction of the pyramids. Few people, including myself, understand and appreciate the multiplicity of capabilities held within this ostensibly simple tool.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Essential Guide to the Steel Square by Ken Horner

Just when you think you know it all you find out you are wrong. A plumb bob and simple square were used to build the pyramids and yet so few, including myself, truly appreciate the multiplicity of capabilities held within this ostensibly simple tool.

Re: What's your favorite hand or power tool?

hand tool or power tool, so many to choose from: Power tool I'd have to go with my Porter Cable 3 1/4hp router in router table for its power and versatility. Favorite overall? Well have to go with my 21" wooden jointer plane purchased for $5 on Ebay. After a little tuning, hone and sharpen the blade this plane simply sings through wood making piles of gossamer shavings. Can't beat the feel of wooden plane in your hand, the sound and feel of one that is well tuned which effortlessly does the job it was designed to do.

Re: Setting up shop: Which machine first? And why.

When the discussion comes to that first tool the opinions and justifications are as varied as the individual users. While my preference leans heavily towards a tablesaw, the best you can afford, that addresses what I build. The primary question that each needs to answer for themselves is; What do I intend to make? If you are intending to make small, marquetry emblazoned jewelry boxes, or specialize in turning pens for example, a large, expensive table saw would not be of much value. However, plan and building a full set of custome kitchen cabinets, the decision process will lead you down a different path.

Consider also how much space you have to dedicate to any tool choice as well as projected growth potential in not only projects, but space and skill building as well. I center my shop around my 3hp Jet table saw with large table extensions because I work with a lot of full-size sheet material, and over the years (with a loving, understanding wife) my shop has expanded considerably. Though I fondly recall the cramped existence of a one-car garage of condo living so many years ago.



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