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Re: UPDATE: Carving in the Round by Andrew Thomas and How to Carve Wood by Richard Butz

I wonder if these books would help an old duffer learn to carve?

Re: UPDATE: The Foundations of Better Woodworking by Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller always has worthwhile info. I would definitely read this.

Re: UPDATE: The Foundations of Better Woodworking by Jeff Miller

The books looks interesting. I would be glad to read it.

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

I watched Tommy Mac going back to his video blog days. A very talented man.

Re: Adam Carolla finds the funny in Fine Woodworking

O.k. I can admit when when I am wrong. I listened to Adam on Fox News. Solid thinker and insightful. Sometimes the humor is not the man, but a persona. Asa, maybe you need to make another visit.

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

This would be helpful. I am seriously thinking of starting a small refinishing business to help support me in my dottering years. Jewitt is brilliant.

Re: UPDATE: Arts & Crafts Style Coffee Table with Gregory Paolini

. . . or hall table!

Re: UPDATE: Arts & Crafts Style Coffee Table with Gregory Paolini

I would be interested in viewing the video to repurpose and redesign into a sofa table. Not many people use coffee tables today. But it strikes me this design could convert into a great sofa table!

Re: Neckties and Tablesaws Just Don't Mix

The good news? If the saw grabs his tie it will be one less politician interfering in out private lives. Wait! I forgot. SawStop will merely nick his chin as his giant, inflated politician head is jerked toward the blade.

Re: Starting a New Project

If a designer did not copyright their design, it is not stealing. In a complement to the original, it is imitation. "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." The imitation of Shaker, Craftsman, etc. supports this observation. Not everyone is an original thinker. Sometimes the ability to demonstrate in a more focused manner another's contribution furthers the craft.

Re: Arts and Crafts sideboard


Re: a custom kitchen island

Well done. A credit to your skills.

Re: Should Woodworkers Say Goodbye to Ebony?

What Bob does not say in this video is that the Ebony from Cameroon that is not perfectly black can be dyed. Miscolored Ebony is not a new thing and the use of dye for fingerboards, bridges, faceplates, etc. has been commonplace in Lutherie for quite some time.

Re: Make perfect square pegs with real strength

Great idea!

Re: Adam Carolla finds the funny in Fine Woodworking

Peetor, I don't think any of us are "haters" of Adam Carolla. As Asa notes, for some of us he is not our cup of tea. Thinking I might have unfairly criticized him, I listened to another of his podcasts. Nope, I had it right the first time. His persona is of a 7th or 8th grader who never escaped that particular worldview. As far as woodworking, he brings nothing to the game. My opinion only.

Re: Adam Carolla finds the funny in Fine Woodworking

Asa, if he gets you in the basement with William H. Macy turning some bowls, it will have been worth it. Maybe also the old carpenter, Harrison Ford.

Re: Adam Carolla finds the funny in Fine Woodworking

Sorry. Carolla is a foul-mouthed, poor representation of what woodworking is all about. Reach a little higher.

Re: Ice Box cabinets

Very nice.

Re: UPDATE: Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers - The Basics with Dave Richards

Sure, send me the dvd!

Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodworking Best Workbenches from the editors of Fine Woodworking and a special magazine issue, Workbenches.

I have always admired the kinds of benches portrayed in the volumes -- and have wanted to build one. My utilitarian table/benches are functional, but lack the features of a traditional work bench.

Re: UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Fine Woodworking 2011 Annual Collection

When I began woodworking in Minnesota, I would go to the library in Golden Valley and pour over their collection of old issues of Fine Woodworking. Very valuable. This DVD would serve that purpose, since our library in Texas does not have those back issues.

Re: UPDATE: Building Doors & Drawers by Andy Rae

With eleven passage doors to build, this book may give helpful information.

Re: The Perfect Marking Knife, at Last!

The triangular shape of the blade face(s) makes perfect sense. I would prefer the model on the right -- more surface to register against the work without wobbling.

Re: Kitchens In SketchUp

In a previous life I designed kitchens and baths using 20/20 software. Using the free Mac version of SketchUp, I designed a kitchen using the current footprint and wall space of the kitchen. Moldings can be drawn, cabinets offset to create visual interest, etc. I don't know how or where I can post the file to demonstrate. JeffB's observation about wood color choices certainly apply. I used the color and textures of the building materials that are available to create a faux granite top.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Greene and Greene Furniture: Poems of Wood & Light by David Mathias

Would love to browse the book.

Re: Does MDF Belong in Fine Furniture?

MDF is ideally suited to such furniture pieces as a receptionist's walled desk. When I worked in the trade I built such units veneered with exotic hardwoods; used hardwoods where needed on edges, rails, etc. They are extremely heavy which is helpful in a high traffic environment and are as beautiful as any furniture pieces made from 100% hardwoods and/or plywood. Years in service and they are still holding up beautifully. I have also used MDF as the base material in painted fireplace surrounds, cabinetry for exhibits in museums, trade shows, etc. But for fine furniture -- no. For what it is worth.

Re: Have you seen Tommy Mac's new woodworking show? Let us know what you think.

By the way, his new website is outstanding with good videos and great video tips.

Re: Have you seen Tommy Mac's new woodworking show? Let us know what you think.

I like Tommy Mac, but would encourage him to slow down the speech pattern and give a little more time to detailing/displaying the skills. His older video blog is better about teaching the skills. That is what will set his contribution apart. He is highly skilled. If he can encourage us to attempt those same skill-sets by actually teaching it will be a worthwhile production.

Re: Help us design a workbench for power-tool lovers

While I would love to have a big Lie-Nielsen traditional bench, the truth is that style of bench is not practical in most shops. The bench I found most practical for both hand and power work is a multiple duty table that serves as a saw outfeed table, assembly surface, area for gluing and sanding, using for sliding miter saw, etc. In my old shop this was a 4' x 8' table made of six 4" x 4" legs with an upper apron and large lower shelf. It had a top made of double MDF layers covered with a laminate surface. It bumped up to the saw for outfeed, but on that end the surface (about 8" of the 4' width) gently sloped down about 1" below the saw table (so a +/- 1/8" difference in hight between saw and table would not matter). Two large drawers, one shallow, one deeper; electrical receptacles on the apron and two receptacles hanging over the table. A large woodworkers vice mounted parallel with the long side of the table at the far end of the table from the saw, with parallel round dog holes across the width of the table for any handwork needs. A moveable bench jack made it possible to clamp long boards in the vice along the length of the table for hand planing long edges. Wax the top of the table and saw when cutting sheet goods and it is effortless to push them. Throw a large sanding pad on top for sanding jobs. Use a hand scraper to pop the dried glue from the top after glue-ups. The monster shelf on the bottom about 8" up from the floor can hold far more than we would ever put down there. A roll of craft paper can be suspended on the far end and easily pulled up to cover the entire surface when needed (painting, etc). Over hang on the top edges for clamping. Best all-round work table I ever used.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Making Ladder Back Chairs with Russ Filbeck

These chairs have always been intimidating to me. If I win the book I'll try to build one.

Re: Amazing space-saving furniture from Italy

My wife showed me this video about a month ago. She asked, "Can you duplicate the double bed wall/office for the spare bedroom?"

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

Regarding the comments about Norm being a carpenter: while true, his skill levels vastly improved over the various seasons of New Yankee Workshop. Regarding the statement about Tommy being a true craftsman and not a carpenter -- that is only partially true. Tommy also began as a carpenter. The difference in emphasis is that Tommy had the benefit of the fine training at the North Bennett Street School. If you watched Tommy's old self-made videos of the Secretary he built for the Rhode Island Museum of Design the differences become obvious vis-a-vis that New Yankee Workshop attempted to do. Tommy's skill level is off the chart -- but they are skills anyone can learn. That is what is going to be great about this new series. Norm introduced thousands of people to woodworking, including myself. I suspect Tommy will introduce thousands of people to fine woodworking. Loved David Marx also, but guys, Tommy is on an entirely different skill level. We are going to learn the things that he learned at the North Bennett Street School. Can anyone say, "Free tuition!" I hope Rough Cut is aired in the Dallas/Fort Worth market.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Choosing & Installing Hardware by Robert J. Settich

Looks like a very helpful work: count me in.

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

Woo Hoooo!! Freebie. Count me in.

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

My least favorite part of woodworking is the finishing process. What I need is Dresdner to do my finishing for me. But next best thing would be winning the book!

Re: The Right Tool for the Job

Whatever you start with, buy the best and only cry once.

Re: VIDEO REPLAY: Tenon Shootout: Hand vs. Power Tools

Most of the time I make these joints using power tools. This is an encouragement to use hand tools. Thanks for an interesting shoot-out.

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

Would be glad to give this book a read.

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

Santa stinks! I got a note in my stocking saying the PM 66 wouldn't fit in the sleigh. I guess this note will put me on his naughty list for next Christmas, lol.

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

Anything from Lie-Nielsen would be great -- but I am sure getting tired of the mdf I clamp to my Delta 14" bandsaw for a fence. It makes that Laguna Driftmaster fence give-a-way look very intriguing.

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

That bandsaw fence would be awesome too -- looks like it would be better that the board clamped to my Delta 14", lol.

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

Once a week I go to the Lie-Nielsen website and drool. When I win the lottery that is the first place I will go -- and then to Oneida for good dust collection. Maybe I should forget the lottery and write a letter to Santa?

Re: Hummingbirds Folding screen

I really like the proportions of the screens. The marquetry is lovely.

Re: UPDATED: What Tools Are on Your Holiday Wish List?

A set of Lie-Nielsen bench planes and a full set of his bench chisels. Any good quality dovetail saw.

Re: Hand v. Power Tool Showdown: Watch it Live Online Nov. 12

I was surprised that the plane outperformed the sander on this small project. Gives me a reason to tune-up the seven old users on my shelf.

Re: Tree Of Life Portable Ark

The design is simple, captivating, timeless. Lovely proportions, contrast and symmetry. Form following function. Beautiful. But for the use of piano hinge and magnetic catches this would have been my vote.

Re: New Yankee Workshop Series Ends

Norm has a long and positive influence on woodworking. Those of us who watched him from the very beginning were privileged to watch a carpenter transform into a furniture maker as he and Russell Morash developed and improved New Yankee Workshop. That cumulative perspective is what I think is valuable -- we watched Norm improve over time, moving from being a very good carpenter into a very competent craftsman. It made us believe, "If he can do it, so can I."

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Step-By-Step Guitar Making by Alex Willis

Love to have this book

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

My imagination -- all the power tools and hand tools serve the imagination.

Re: Bench Cookie Giveaway

Got my cup of tea -- bring on the cookies.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture by Robert W. Lang

Sign me up also.

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

I have several old squares that need to be made square! Put my name in.

Re: UPDATE:DVD Giveaway: Revelations on Table Saw Set-up & Safety by Hendrik Varju

Sign me up!

Re: Shaker dresser, tiger maple

I really like how you have matched the grain pattern, yet provided some contrast on the top. Well done.

Re: Shaker Style 7 Drawer Chest

Very nice. Well done.

Re: Free Plan: Humidor

No, you are not the only one.

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Re: Valentine's Day Jewelry Box

Very nice piece, thanks for sharing it here. The top actually looks like figured maple.

Re: Video Gallery: Drawers that Breathe

Thanks, Gina, for posting the link to construction photos. When I first saw the opening frames of the video I thought it was a cabinet in Asian style with opaque rice paper or thin wood sides. It is a lovely piece that obviously took a lot of skill to craft.

Aesthetics is more a philosophy than a mechanical skill, but for purely subjective and personal aesthetic reasons, this is not something that captures my imagination. But others are obviously appreciative of even the most unusual aspect of the cabinet. I like the piece, but it is a little unusual in its affect for my taste. Just proves again that in some cases functionality and aesthetic effect are both in the eye and imagination of the maker.

Re: Video Gallery: Drawers that Breathe

Quote from blkryder: "Given the first comment the point is apparently to seperate the intellectuals from the simpletons. Keep on making beatiful thought provoking pieces."

Of course, an actual intellectual would be able to spell "separate" and
"beautiful". Most of the videos in finewoodworking focus on skill levels combined with pleasing aesthetics. While skill level is apparent in this video, breathing associated with singing paired with woodworking is rather esoteric. The general observation "Form follows function" begs for the question, "So what?" Oddities do not fine woodworking make.

Re: Video Gallery: Drawers that Breathe

Sorry, but this is one of the few videos on finewoodworking that has little practical value. What is the point?

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