Frank Strazza

Many woodworking enthusiasts know Frank for his determination to undertake difficult and often complex furniture projects. He began woodworking in 1988 and served his apprenticeship with the Heritage Furniture Makers. Having made hundreds of furniture pieces ranging from inlaid conference tables to mesquite tallboys and Windsor chairs. Frank teaches from his wide experience in all areas of fine furniture making at the Heritage School of Woodworking. His work has won several awards and has been featured in several magazines including Fine Woodworking.

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Federal style hall table

This table was built in the Federal style with a Texas flair. It is made using, Mesquite, Anigre, Cocobolo and Curly Maple.

Walnut Writing Desk in the Federal Style

Federal desk made from fallen tree wins Texas Furniture Makers Show

Recent comments

Re: What Really Happens on a Fine Woodworking Photo Shoot


I think its a Collings mandolin. They started out as a fine guitar making shop near Austin Texas and they also make very nice mandolins.

Re: Silas Kopf: Majoring in Marquetry

I think Silas Kopf is one of the greatest furniture makers/artists alive today. I am not sure if most woodworkers realize the incredible skill that this man has. Just take the shadow line for example on his latest piece, that is not stain; it is different pieces of wood to simulate the shadow. Also note the door that is "open", it is lighter in color because the light is catching it. His work is truly amazing. I wish Fine woodworking would do a more in depth story on this master.

You may also find this video of interest.

Re: The Biggest Lathe We've Ever Seen

This is the same guy that cuts his dovetails with a chainsaw!!

Re: Behold, the Speed Tenon

Having done woodworking for over 20 years, I understand that this method works fine for a skilled user of the table saw. On the other hand I would NOT recommend it for a magazine article. One slip in the hands of an un-experienced user and its all over, either hands in the blade or kickback.

I think Fine Woodworking should do an article on cutting tenons by hand, although it may be a bit slower, it is a lot safer!

And by the way, all of my handsaws are equipped with flesh detecting technology!!

Re: Stupefying Engineering in an 18th Century Table

Here is the Getty link, Very Interesting indeed, what a marvel! Inspiring!

Re: Federal style hall table

Thank you Dan,
I used Hide glue exclusively throughout the whole piece. I used cauls and clamped the veneer down for the sides as well as the fronts. I did use a vacuum press for the top. The legs are actually reeded by hand, using a homemade scratch stock and a carving gouge. I have pictures of making the whole piece and maybe I should do a write up on the process.


Re: 19th Century German Lathe in Minnesota

Now that's pretty neat. Where did you find that? Is somebody using it, or is it on display somewhere?

Re: Creating a Pummel, the Square-to-Round Section in Turnings

Thank you Tim,

I will put this to good use.


Re: The Woodwright's Guide

What got me about the book are the illustrations. Wow, and they were done by his daughter. I think that is just wonderful. I thought I read that she was just 15 years old. Anyway she does a wonderful job in capturing her dad and all what he is doing.

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