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My slice of heaven...

Or hell, depending on how well the projects are coming along. The are is 778 sq feet, on the second level and underneath I have the display area of equal size. As you can see I stole Chris...

Recent comments

Re: 3D Basecamp Recap and a Lesson Reinforced

For Sketchup viewer I use the SightSpace app which works on both the iPhone and the iPad. There is a lot more you can do than with the Trimble app, for example you can see your designs on 3D if you have the glasses. For customers this has a "WOW" factor.... :-)

Re: 3D Basecamp Recap and a Lesson Reinforced

For Sketchup viewer I use the SightSpace app which works on both the iPhone and the iPad. There is a lot more you can do than with the Trimble app, for example you can see your designs on 3D if you have the glasses. For customers this has a "WOW" factor.... :-)

Re: Round Carved Solid Wood Synagogue Furniture Set

So I go to your web site, no video.....not so exiting, as a matter of fact down right annoying this gratuitous self promotion.

Re: Unplug Your Tools and Work by Hand

Made by hand was a good book, it could have a bit better instructions on the projects, but overall I liked it. I am afraid that if you purchased that book, this one might just be a rehash of the first book, just with different projects. If you did not get the first book, then I would recommend getting this one, as the projects seem to be better explained.

Re: 9 reasons why I don't sharpen my plane blades as well as I thought

"9 reasons why I don't sharpen my plane blades as well as I thought"

Here is one reason I sharpen as good as I need. I am more concerned about the wood left on the bench than the wood left on the floor.

As with everything in life there comes a point of diminishing returns, I suspect 9 or 5 micron shavings are such the case.

Re: It's impossible to cheat at woodworking

If you are in the business of making furniture I can assure you that 99% of your customers do not give a rat's ass as to how it was made. Show a customer a dovetail and most likely they will say "hmm, that's nice" and move on.

Joinery should be considered as part of the global design, not as element to showcase the builder's skills. Because frankly, no one gives a damn about dovetails but woodworkers.

Re: Neckties and Tablesaws Just Don't Mix

Oh and before I forget, one of the easiest safety features that can be had is to simply stop using 3 an 5 HP motors on table saws.

I have a cheap crapsman hybrid, let me tell you I love this saw fitted with a thin kerf blade. Case hardened wood, the wood pinches the blade...it stops spinning, just the belts spin. Not enough power to bounce the wood against my face, not enough power to shoot a piece of wood at 100 miles/hr, it simply slides if it gets caught between the fence and the blade.

Sure it takes me longer to saw a 6/4 board, but what is the hurry? I check my saw every month for parallelism, saw to miter and saw to fence, even so, wood does weird things, with this under powered saw I feel perfectly safe. Add a push stick and a sharp blade and you are good to go.

Re: Neckties and Tablesaws Just Don't Mix

Matthias Wendel made an experiment where he tried to get a piece of cloth caught by the saw on a TS. The cloth would not catch, instead the saw pushed the cloth away. He tried man different ways with a heavy cloth a light one, etc. It just would not catch.

While I agree that it is not a clever thing to do, the guy is in less danger than most of us assume or think he is.

Re: Should Woodworkers Say Goodbye to Ebony?

I think Mr. Taylor has got it right. Operating in harmony with the way of the Earth is what will keep us in ebony for the future

What video did you watch, was it the same as the one posted? He is not operating in "harmony" with the way of the earth. He is simply saying "I worked out a deal where I will buy ebony that is not completely black, you better get used to the idea to using ebony that way."

Working in harmony with the way of the earth would be to set aside an area for preservation, replant 2 or 3 trees for every one cut, etc. Clearly currently the people from Cameroon are not finding old growth trees if they have to cut 20 to find one suitable and they have to go further into the forest to find them. Which begs the question, why aren't the loggers being trained. I am sure suitable ebony trees are of a certain circumference, the rest are too "young".

What Mr. Taylor has done, which I do not find in any way altruistic at all (since he will be making a profit) is to delay the inevitable. Without a reforestation program you will have to use ebony that is brown or even white, and eventually the time will come where there will be no more trees or the Cameroon government will ban the harvesting of Ebony as well if they give a damn about their resources.

Since I don't see any real intentions to preserve this wood, my advice to you luthiers is to learn and teach the next generation how to stain wood so that it looks like ebony, since eventually you will not have it.

Re: Should Woodworkers Say Goodbye to Ebony?

What I do not understand is what is so special about luthiers? The rest of the woodworking world has learned to adapt, we book match, we tint, we cut the pieces we have to make them fit a particular look. These people are complaining about a bit of brown or white on their ebony? What arrogance.

I get that there my might be some special resonance between ebony and the box, but frankly I doubt it. Is ebony specially adept to withstand the compression of the strings? Well for crying out loud, wood engineering has been around for at least 200 years, find a species of wood that is plentiful, has the same modulus of elasticity as ebony and use that!

I don't use ebony, nor care to waste time and money looking for it, if I want a piece of black wood for accent I simply tint the wood with a solution of ferric acetate and cathecol. The wood comes out looking black as night with the grain clearly apparent. Even the lowly pine.

If the stumble block for reforesting is the land, well then BUY SOME! I am sure we are not talking fifth avenue prices in Cameroon. Hell, don't go so far, you can come to Mexico and buy acres of land for the same amount that would cost you to buy a Cadillac. And if you are gong to do this to create and industry and jobs, the government might even give it to you free. Work out a deal with the Cameroon government, isn't this why they were given the permits?

Are there no other places in the entire world were ebony might be able to grow?

The honest truth is that luthiers and guitar makers are now with their ass against the wall and are thinking "jeeezz, maybe we should do something about it," as far as I am concerned too little, too late.

So, is the solution to all this to say "well now, I am willing to accept a bit of brown in my ebony?" To this I say, welcome to the real world bubba, we have been doing it for years.

Re: Combs Custom Builders Woodworking Shop

Ah, I get it, thanks TC. I thought you were talking about the white guide on the tail vise.

Re: Combs Custom Builders Woodworking Shop

What is a saw stop? I am planning to build one like yours but never heard of the saw stop.

Re: Video Sneak-Peek of New Groundbreaking Video Workshop Series

LOL...that was funny, got me!!

M1FDS you need to step away from the coffee and lighten up a bit.

Re: Building a Cherry TV Cabinet with Hand Tools - Part II

My first half blind dovetails were made with a cheap japanese cross cut saw and a set of irwin cheap chisels. They came out perfect. It is a poor craftsman the one who blames his tools.

Re: A Joinery Puzzle

I would have done it a different way, but your solution works and it is elegant as well. Nicely done.

Re: Blade brake inventor aims to compete with SawStop

Most saws come with a blade guard. It is the first thing that it is taken off so that you can align your cut, make kerf cuts, etc, and they do the same job as this gizmo, let you know your fingers are too close if you touch it. This is no substitute for the Saw Stop technology. And no, I am not a Saw Stop "shill" nor do I own one, nor do I care about Gass' personality. In fact even if I could get a Saw Stop I would not, the safety technology to prevent accidents has been around for years, and that is an European style table saw with a sliding table. When I upgrade my table saw this is what I will get, not only are they safer, they are far easier to use with sheet stock.

What I find funnier and more nonsensical about this, is that it is marketed for contractor's saw, how many of you have seen a contractor site with a dedicated dust collection? and how about that cable to power the guard? how many extensions will a contractor have to use to power it? If used without the dust collection the plexiglass will eventually dull and you won't be able to see a thing, and off the guard goes.

I make my purchases on analytical thinking not on emotional feelings, if that makes me a "shill" so be it, happy to be one.. :-)

Re: Caption Contest Winner!

If I make a big frame my head won't look so big on the shot, right?

Re: Timber Frame Work Shop

Shelley, what kind of foundation did you use? I am wanting to do something similar since I lost the lease at my place. I might as well buy property and do my own thing. I have been reading about post & beam, but I am stuck with the foundation, seems there are many different ways to do them. If you don't mind send me your e mail, mine is rossorabbit@hotmail.com.

Re: 6 place dining suite

THanks for the responses Nicholas, bot for mine and the legs, I was also interested on how you made them. I second the idea of FWW doing an article on your work. I still cannot understand how you turn an oval...anyhow, great job and thanks for taking the time to answer our questions.

Re: 6 place dining suite

This is great, did you use steam bending or bent lamination for the table? Great job, lovely set.

Re: anti-symmetrical

I don't know if you succeeded or not in your intention, but that sure is one heck of a pretty craving you made. I really like it.

Re: Could This Tool Change Everything?

Your feather board is too far back...and yeah, I agree, don't quit your day jobs. :-))

Re: The Cyclone Lamps

Very nice, I also checked your web site, you have a great talent for designing these lamps.

Re: Hanging Tool Cabinet

Very nice... :-)

Re: Greene and Greene desk

All in all a good attempt. I would have done some things bit differently. For example, the lower aprons I would have put them with the clod lift facing down instead of up and I would have added a couple of grooves to each board.

I am surprised you did not go with the finger joints instead of the dovetails on the drawers.

The pulls and breadboards look great, I would still have put a few plugs here and there for accent though.

Re: My slice of heaven...

nwgeoff I know I am going to bum you out but it looks like this all the time: I take an hour at the end of the day to clean up, otherwise it gets too messy.

Re: Writing/Computer Desk

Nice work but there are a couple of things that do not do it for me. I agree with oldshavings, the legs take a lot away from the table, and second (in my opinion) the aprons as well as the legs are just too thick for the top, makes me think of a VW beetle with moster truck wheels.....

On the other hand, kudos to you for trying to make your own design and not showing us another arts and crafts, green and green, prairie table. You seem to have the talent all you need is to refine your designs a bit more.

Re: Adjustable Height Workbench

Pretty cool, much cheaper than the adjust a bench item

Re: Pete's Scandinavian Style Bench

Great looking bench, are there any plans for this out there?

Re: Maloof Chest of Drawers

Excellent work, looks great

Re: WoodShop

IMO the idea of this gallery is to have members show their workshops, not try to promote traffic to their blog site.

Re: Hall Table

Ok, clearly this is a well crafted piece. But Boris, buddy, you need to relax on the sales pitch. You are trying too hard, and frankly there is nothing more annoying than a craftman or "artist" talking about himself or his work in the third person. It just smacks of arrogance, and in the end it makes the sales pitch stick on your client's mind instead of your piece. If your work is of high quality, let it speak for itself.

Re: Who needs a saw? Just blow up the next tree you need to fell

hmmm...lets review the steps. Put charge inside tree, approach tree with a chain saw which can possibly spark and cut wedges on tree with the charge in it. Anybody see anything wrong with this?

Besides the dubious choice of steps I see nothing wrong with this, just Texas guys having some fun. :-)

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: 500 Tables (Updated with winner)

hmmmm....maybe it will go faster if I turn it on.

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

It took me two years to learn how to make perfect handcut dovetails. If this book can teach me other techniques in less time then you will be doing a good deed by sending it to me. You will be sparing me some gray hairs and acid stomach and my neighboors the screaming and cussing... :)

Re: Whale Tail: Ash and Walnut Tool Chest with Spalted Maple side panels

Jeeezzz... that is just too pretty to hold tools!

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