Joliet, IL, US
This is a fitted case for a set of the Works of Nathanial Hawthorne in 22 volumes, made from highly figured cherry.
I'd love to have a copy!
New materials usage will be exciting.
The lumboo and varia table might be interesting, but the design looks clunky to me.
In the drawings, the top seems to float. How ya gonna do that?
Me, I'd think about achieving that same effect between the top and bottom. Use varia between top boards, but minimally (cubes around perimeter as spacers between lumboo?). Use varia as legs, only in four corners? Lighten the basepiece with less lumboo; maybe just cubes of lumboo and alternating cubes of varia, arranged only around the perimmeter of the base?
It'll be interesting to see what you come up with . . .
The exterior top violins look especially 3-D.
Groovin' . . . on a Sunday afternoon
It was Sunday, wasn'y it?
For a one-man show, best to use Quicken (Home & Business edition). It's cheaper and easier.
Quicken offers "Categories" that allows classification of materials.
For Time - DON'T track it; it's not worth the effort. Instead, bid projects with fixed time costs - and eat the difference. Two or three projects is all it takes to learn to estimate time well.
You can issue Invoices with Quicken and do basic tracking of what's due. That should be enough for a one-man show.
There's much more to Quicken, but that's a longer discussion.
Remeber that computers are great for tracking detail - but then you have to maintain all that detail. DON'T! All you really need is enough to satisfy the IRS . . .
I like the idea of starting with the MFT tops. $99 for material and precision drilling of holes and guides sounds like a reasonable price to me. Second layer of MDF (for stability) could have larger and less precise holes. And definitely two.
I'd like to see a CHEAP, but far sturdier base than the MFT has. I'd probably leave it in a fixed position.
I think the base should be cabinets to hold jigs and tools. Compressor and dust collection already occupy a separate space.
Tracks on the sides of the top sound good, but I'd probably place it against a wall so maybe one side is expendable? Tracks flat on the top seem overkill.
This is already starting to sound expensive. How about adding a goal to keep it reasonably priced? Maybe a half-size (one MFT top) for woodworkers just starting out at around $250 and a full-size (two MFT tops) at no more than $500 - in both cases NOT including jigs or tools?
Before your blog, I'd never heard of The Furniture Society.
After taking a look, it's not my cup of tea - but to each his own. If Society members enjoy their association, I'm happy they've found a home.
I believe that people benefit from association with those who share their interests. But I do worry that dues-paying organizations seem to wind up being EX-clusive rather than IN-. Me, I always want to include as many as possible.
Y'all are scarin' me.
I believe I've had a healthy respect for tools - especially the table saw - for the 20 years I've been a hobbyist. In fact, I'd say I'm a tad TOO careful, so I waste a lot of time thinking, buy (or make) a lot of jigs and accesories, waste a lot of (cheap) lumber oracticing and move really, really slowly whenever I finally make something. I could never make a living at this hobby - but I actually do enjoy figuring out setups that I think are hyper-safe. If I can't get comfortable, I just won't do it.
We need a "Tablesaw Best Practices" manual.
I'm very interested in this topic for two reasons:
- this study confirms what my wife has learned in the ER
- I have a new Delta Unisaw on the way.
But these stories do make me wonder if I should take up croquet as my hobby. I don't really want to do that. There's gotta be a way to be SAFE.
When I do setups on my Delta contractor saw, I either:
- use a technique I KNOW is safe
- search the Internet for a safe setup and technique
- or don't do it (i.e., redesign - again).
The guidelines provided in most "safety manuals" are too generalized. Good guidelines, but not explicit enough. We need a generally accepted and very explicit "Best Practices" setup and technique for (at least) the most common 20 or 30 tablesaw operations. And the focus needs to be on SAFE - not cost-efficiency or production techniques - just SAFE.
Does anyone know of such a resource? Should FWW (or the Community) start building one?
I'd love a good bandsaw. If only I knew a really wealthy Santa . . .
Broad coverage and balance, as many have expressed, is the key.
I love Shaker cabinetry, and Chippendale case pieces (though the latter is far beyond my meager skills).
How about something a bit new to the mix - simpler styles from other cuiltural traditions? Awhile ago, there was a nice article on the elements of French Country style. How about a comparable Tuscan, or English, German, Russian? How about Japanese tansu, or something Chinese?
These additional cultural perspectives should feed our need for novel design elements and should give insights to alternate techniques.
What I'm really grasping at is a synthesis - or "fusion" - of different styles. My preference is for simple, strong design that's easy to make with modern materials, tools and techniques. For example, I'm currently trying to wrap my head around a very large cabinet I'll build in my garage - in what I call a "Shaker tansu" style.
Feed me new ideas.
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