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Arts and Crafts Style Queen Beds

Last summer I started building two queen sized beds, incorporating Arts and Crafts elements.  I used quarter sawn white oak, using 6/4 thickness.  I resawed and sized the panels myself.  This was...

Arts and Crafts Style Desk

My son loves to play computer games, and is reluctant to do his homework.  He needed a place to do both tasks, however, so I designed and built this arts and crafts influenced desk from white oak...

Lonnie Bird Style Workbench

My new workbench is based on the ones in Lonnie Bird's shop, with a few alterations.  The finished bench is 37" high, 8 feet long, and 26" wide. The vise is the large cast iron vise from Lee Valley...

Recent comments

Re: Vintage Nakashima

Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

Re: Add an Inlaid Signature to Your Work

I like the idea...very elegant. I wonder if you could make a template of your signature and then rout it with the dremel instead of freehand. The first photo looks like the dremel really bounced around...then I saw the second photo of you signing the piece. You'd have made a great doctor! :)

Re: Help me choose what to build for a video workshop

Option 1. Much more useful and practical. Nice design.

Re: Simple jig for planing the sides of finished boxes

I usually clamp the piece to the bench using two woodscrew clamps, and a small plywood box stand on the floor for the piece to rest on. If the case piece will fit over the end of the bench, I'll use that too. It's a "whatever works for you" method.

Re: What I've Learned About the Online Woodworking Community

Asa, you have scored big points with this post. Thanks for admitting your humanity and humility. Welcome to community!

Re: Adam Carolla finds the funny in Fine Woodworking

Asa, I listened to the podcast, and had to turn it off. Too much potty language and not enough woodworking. I'm no prude but really! There's a difference between "working blue" and this. And having "a huge audience" in no way makes this right.

Re: Gearing Up for a Workbench Video Workshop Series

I just finished my new workbench, 8' long, 26" wide, 37" tall and built from German Beech. The total cost was less than $700. I'm convinced you don't have to spend huge dollars for a great bench.

Re: Stephen Colbert Takes the Sizzle Out of SawStop

A few months ago, I was watching a movie from the 1930's. It was an English movie, and there was a scene where a craftsman was using a table saw. The saw had a riving knife. We are so far behind in this nation because the companies that manufacture saws don't want to lose ANY money and refuse to update their equipment until consumers force them to or the government does. Saw stop technology is just one way to make saws safer. I bought a Ridgid TS3650 in 2005, and have never used the blade guard because it can't be mounted in line with the blade. I mounted an aftermarket splitter in it's place and am very careful when I use the saw.

Re: Portable music player makes a nice shop accessory

Very cool. My old iPhone is doing duty as an ipod now in my shop. 8gig is plenty for the task and the klipsch player sounds great. My system is smaller than a boom box but it stays in the shop. I probably need to protect it from dust somehow. Might do that next.

Re: Bench Cookie Giveaway

Hope they have chocolate chips and pecans!

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

My favorite hand tool is my Lee Valley Veritas Bevel Up Smooth Plane. It's nice to look at, and in use it says "No" to tear out on highly figured woods. Leaves a smooth surface that needs little or no sanding.

My favorite power tool is my Steel City 14" Bandsaw. Runs smooth and does a great job. Has good power and doesn't take up too much space in my mobile necessary shop. Still learning some of the ins and outs of it, and it's been a great experience.

Re: M*A*S*H's Colonel Potter in Fine Woodworking

One of my favorite episodes was when Hotlips and Burns hired a local to carve a bust of Colonel Potter, and the bust looked like the carver! Hotlips: "That looks just like you" Local Carver: "Thank you." Man I miss that show! Tom

Re: M*A*S*H's Colonel Potter in Fine Woodworking

As I recall, Hawkeye and Trapper John sold the prized oak desk to the black market for penicillin needed by the 4077. What a great show.

Re: Can Fine Woodworking and art furniture coexist?

One other comment. I remember reading criticism of Sam Maloof's joinery for using screws to reinforce the joints. Some folks on BOTH sides are too narrow. Tom

Re: Can Fine Woodworking and art furniture coexist?


This is a 'perception v. reality' issue for me. I agree that FWW should be a resource, not the woodworking bible (and as a pastor, we could go for days on that comment!) I do find it interesting that the more artistic folks in the furniture making/woodworking world are very infrequent visitors in the pages of FWW. I'm thinking of folks like Garry Knox Bennett, Tom Loeser and a kitchen designer whose name escapes me at the moment. These guys have been featured in Woodwork magazine, which always seems to have an 'artsy' portion of the issue. You've probably heard of it--do you recall the fuss over Garry Knox Bennett driving the nail into the front of his cabinet? Tom Loeser's work has always fascinated me--I'm envious of his imagination and artistic creativity. I'm a student of Lonnie Bird--I attend his school every year. Lonnie's focus is on 18th century reproductions--he personally loves the shapes, forms and makeup of that style of furniture. Yet he has the ability to appreciate the creativity of other furniture makes. He simply chooses to stay with his preference. We could argue that Tom Loeser fits into that same category. Final comment: When was the last time FWW featured the work of a Bennett or Loeser? Not mentioned, but featured. I recently bought 50 issues of FWW from the mid '80's to early 90's and was surprised to see many articles on artistic woodworkers and to read about this very debate. I don't recall any articles in recent years featuring artistic furniture. FWIW. Tom Stephenson

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