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Washington Street Sideboard

This piece was inspired by an early Stickley Liquor Cabinet. The Ebony plugs cover structural fasteners. The end panels mortice full length into the legs. The Oval cut outs provide cooling as well as...

Formal Mission Kitchen

During this recent big change in my woodworking career one of the neatest things was being able to build this new kitchen in our newly acquired home in Weston Missouri. I was able to draw on many...

Mahogany Headboard

The rooms layout and design dictated a diagonal placement for the king sized bed. We opted for a shelf with storage below and a custom headboard to fit into a 1912 Bungalow with original interior...

Mahogany Tool Chest

This is a 28" x 14" x 18" tall machinist style tool chest. Drawers are finger jointed and run on Hard Maple runners. Drawers are HM also. Front panel reflects light wierd in the image, it looks...

Cherry and Mahogany foot stool

I made one of these leg and frame assemblies for Nick Verastro in Bethlehem CT several years ago. I later got the idea to do one for myself and carve a Cherry hardwood bonnet to...

Recent comments

Re: Behold, the Speed Tenon

This is a process that I have reserved for advanced table saw technique teaching in my past. I have been in the Custom Woodworking arena for over 25 years and have passed skills and teaching on to many apprentices. When someone shows the level of skill to use advanced techniques safely and effeciently I would teach them individually. Many apprentices are too rammy and want to learn everything in the first three months and call themselves an expert. That is the person I would wait to teach this to. It is a bit controversial as the blade mfrs. do not like their blades side loaded for this type of cut and would not recommend it to everyone. It is probably OK to show this technique with several warnings and recommendations for hand position and close concentration. Too much of a bite and it will flex the blade unduly and create a stubborn feel. The type of tooth makes a big difference in how this all works also.

Re: Armless Contemporary Bar Stool

Very very nice, you have taken this style of chair, etc. through a fine evolution. Nicely done, nice site too.

Re: Higher Aspirations

A very beautiful work of art. You maximized the potential of the gift you recieved.

Re: K Arm Chair

Absolutely excellent, balanced, strong, gentle, your art is very impressive, if your not showing you should be.

Re: Tool Box

A beautiful job, very tasteful and restrained, yet exceptional color and graining. Great choices.

Re: Entry tables

Very Nice, elegant and well executed. Nice mixed media.

Re: Green & Green Sideboard

What a beautiful graceful piece. You made my day. thanks, Cliff Wieser

Re: Are CNC machines ready for Fine Woodworking?

I have had the wonderful privelege of being a woodworker for over 20 yrs professionally and have been asked and paid to build countless beautiful pieces of furniture. 15 yrs as Tansu Woodworks and going on 5 yrs as Prestige Casework. Basic shop tools were the norm for the first 17 yrs. and I have developed my hand skills to a very high level in both quality of product produced as well as effecient time consumed on each task. I view the CNC as an essential addition to a comprehensive custom casework, millwork, and furniture shop. A good CNC can use a vast array of bits and blades and can even handle up to a 6" long 3/4" router bit with the speed and accuracy un achievable by hand. It can do multiple parts with unbelievable accuracy. For processing plywood sheet goods it is unmatched for accuracy and speed. For hardwood machining it eliminates most jigs, never has tearout, and never complains about deadlines.
My biggest enjoyment of the CNC is finding new and different applications which would be unachievable by hand. In my opinion it is a necessary tool in the future of custom woodworking shops when the workload and tasks at hand need to be done timely and predictably.

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