Jhon Baker, Elgin, IL, US

I like to do creative things.

Gender: Male

Birthday: 12/25/1976

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Coffee Table (finished) with two end tables (unfinished)

This is my first project post on FWW. Most certinly not up to what the other members create. But hey, I am in the beginning phase and liked these more than the various benches and cabinets I've made...

Recent comments

Re: Tablesaw Safety Goes Under the Microscope--Again

I am all for the choice of Sawstop technology. I do not begrudge the man his money - I do, however, begrudge him his crusade to punish the companies that turned him down, I do believe he should be limited to what he can achieve and not what extra law he can have passed. We are a country of laws and do not need another - Mandate the sawstop and what about the machines that are already out there? are we going to make those illegal? existing machines are causing many of the injuries while new machines are not. I found a clever way around the nanny device on my tractor, I'll find a clever way around sawstop technology should it fail - like it is prone to do. When someone loses a thumb while using one of these expensive saws - what will the monetary award be?

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: How to Make Picture Frames, from American Woodworker

I like books.

Re: Tommy MacDonald and WGBH pursue a new woodworking show

has anyone else watched this guys podcasts? Oh my, I could not watch this guy at all, I watched an entire podcast and a little of the next just to give it a fair shot. He may make great furniture but he is no teacher, and his personality is meat head all the way.

Re: New Study Discusses Tablesaw Injuries

Unfortunately I was unable to read the study as I do not have an account with that zine. However I did read the abstract and am left wondering if I shouldn't get a Sawstop which I have been against for my own purposes. See, I was injured two days ago on the saw - my second power tool injury. The first was with a miter saw that I was operating while very tired and have a large laceration on the back of my left hand to show. This last one was not as bad and I have no idea how it happened as I was utilizing all safety measures I could. While cutting rebates in a lid for a small casket using a sled, somehow the small board slipped out and careened into my belly (no damage, Buddha belly) but my forefinger fell into the blade which was only exposed about 1/8" above the sled. So I have a 1/8 inch deep by 1/8 inch wide laceration to the tip of my finger that has yet to meet homeostasis. My doctor of 20 years recommended a Sawstop and my wife recommends no power tools. I did not go to the hospital so I will not be one more in the stats on this one.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Civil War Woodworking by A.J. Hamler

Please? I promise to write a stunning review.

Re: "Buddha" Box

I am really attracted to this box, even before I saw the title you have given it. As a Buddhist I think it is perfectly unique and even befitting Maitreya whom this box's shape and arms is styled after.

Re: Full Dress Aaron Burr Desk

Wow, what a beautiful piece of furniture. I really love this one for all it's detail, eastern theme and functionality.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Windsor Chairmaking by James Mursell

I like books.

Re: One editor's day on the road - in 28 seconds

I see he still manages to spend about 2.5 seconds on the phone! Good video.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Make Your Own Walking Sticks by Charles Self

I earned my first cane at twenty nine and now all these years later I have to accept the fact that I will never walk without one again. However, making my own canes instead of spending a fortune on the good ones would be some comfort.

Re: The Woodworking Shows

I attended the one for Chicago at the Schaumburg Renaissance center. The show was on the small side from previous shows but still good. I didn't see that there was a chance to win an old plane but may have missed it.

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

is the secret in here?

Re: Birdseye and Tiger Maple & Ebony Work Tables


Re: Bandsaw Box

This is nice - I also like the photos, many great woodworkers are crippled by their photography technique.
I like what I can see of the drawer interior - can you poet a better photo of that?

Re: Poll: What accessories, jigs, and shop gear are on your holiday wish list?

I keep thinking about getting a dust deputy for my shop vac. But the newest shop toy always distracts me. Even now I think that another Plane would be nice too!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Wood Turning, from Tree to Table by Bill Bowers and Wooden Bowls from the Scroll Saw by Carole Rothman

I've been thinking about getting a lathe to make toothpicks with but am unsure about the savings. J/K, of course.

Re: Woodworking Tips Have a New Home

To the safety police: why do you need his guards in place? Are you going to use his equipment? I think everyone here knows or should already know that the guards are always removed for clarity as the guards cover much more than a blade. I don't care if another uses the guards - I only care if I do and my children/students do.

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

I think my list covered about two pages and I don't expect to get much of it. That's okay. Any of the fine giveaways here would be fantastic - mostly though the Plane. Nothing beats a good plane.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Craftsman Furniture Projects from the editors of Woodworker's Journal

(raising hand) (shuffling of feet) a small 'a-hem' - May I have one please?

Re: Guitar Stand

I'll take three please, one for each Yairi I play, two classical and one 12 converted to an eight


These are cool, I also walk with a cane and have considered making my own, planks on a band saw eh? I may have to give this a try, I kept thinking lathe but the handle as an integral part probably gives added strength. What weight do you think they could handle?

Re: Update: DVD Giveaway: Working with Plywood by Hendrik Varju

this looks great. I would love a copy!

Re: Threesome of Living Room Tables

Thumbs up, Pretty straightforward with a little twist on straightforward. I have always been a fan of exposed and simple joinery.

Re: How to make a bandsaw in a pinch

If I use my head instead of my hands I think that I may not be as pretty afterward! Kidding of course, interesting solution, I will borrow this as my band saw is on the small side and lacks the required space between blade and saw.

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

Veritas Dovetail and crosscut saws,
Bessy k-body revo parallel clamp kit
and wood - lots of wood.
I am asking people to think of something they want made and buy me the wood plus a little extra and I will make it for them. Maybe just a gift cert to OWL!

Re: Dovetailed drawers are overrated

Joelm has it, thank you. This is put better than any other and is spoken as the very truth.

Re: Gifts from Woodworkers

The secret to getting the most oohs and ahhs per hour is in the illusion of effort. In other words - if you make something that took you two hours but it looks like it may have taken days. The reverse is always a heart break for me. Something that took a long time that I inadvertently made look easy.

Re: Dovetailed drawers are overrated

I don't have much to add about Dovetails, They are good looking and insofar I cannot tell that a machine cut isn't done by hand, I can tell when one is hand cut most of the time but that is besides the point as I can be fooled as I believe many more woodworkers could be than would care to admit.
Since the difference between hand cut and machine cut joinery has been brought up I would like to know why there seems to be such a caste among woodworkers. Everyone has preference and opinion and I admire a nice joint for beauty and strength but I mostly look at the overall piece in terms of functionality, beauty and usability. I admire the woodworker that uses finely mated dovetails as much as I do the woodworker who only uses a reliable and faster rabbet joint, I hand cut mine as I like the work but no one would ever notice and that is fine by me. Instead of looking at why we are better than another for our mastery of one joint our time may be better spent mastering the joints that serve us the best.
is this all a babble? I can never tell. I aspire to be as good as any other woodworker here and maybe someday inspire another.

Re: Bench Cookie Giveaway

As where I assume I didn't win, who did? Or is this another fine moments of I missed the large banner on the homepage?

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Zany Wooden Toys that Whiz, Spin, Pop and Fly by Bob Gilsdorf

I wouldn't mind having more toys myself. I guess my son would like them too. I can share, really.

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

I think that most regular plane users keep their planes sharp and fairly ready to go out of the handmade tool box. That being said, outside of sharpening the blade I'd bet that more regular plane users can set it up pretty darn quick. If you would want to include sharpening of the blade than I suppose that you would have to include making the sandpaper.
I think that FWW will set up the contest as fairly as possible - don't you?
Can't wait for the 12th!

Re: Make a Bed in 60 Seconds

great end to a great series - I love the cinematography!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: 500 Chairs and 500 Tables

I just built a coffee table that this would look perfect on.

Re: Free Handplane Book Download for Online Members

This is great, thank you very much

Re: Chest with a workspace

Awesome bench. Puts mine to shame really and gives me something to aspire to.

Re: EKHO Mobile Workshop - Portable Cabinet Saw and Router Table

I think the idea is to follow the link under the picture to his website and then look around. I found a price sheet for the cabinet and it does not list plans being for sale. The table itself prices at 5500.00 or so depending on the accessories and does not include the table saw or the table saw fence as far as I can tell.

Re: EKHO Mobile Workshop - Portable Cabinet Saw and Router Table

Nice unpaid advertisement for your business. The workstation is cool, indeed nicely done as well. Taking note, however it is an advertisement and should be in the proper place in my opinion.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Modern Cabinet Work by Percy A. Wells and John Hooper

I would like to read a "comprehensive treatise" on cabinet making - When I don't win it, I think I'll buy a copy. Besides, I'll need to make a new cabinet to house my ever growing collection of Taunton books!

Re: Bench Cookie Giveaway

Don't forget to save the change on the bottom left corner of the 'edit my settings' page. My new one is an ode to being in too much of a hurry. I've always had a rule for riding a motorcycle and driving a car - NEVER be in a hurry, you don't get there faster, it's only dangerous." now the same applies to woodworking for me with the daily reminder on my left hand. Damn miter saw.

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

This looks like a great book to me, I'd love to have it and even possibly make a guitar. Looking at the ones I own, I figure that it's a fancy box with a neck, kidding. sort of.

Re: Happy (Belated) Birthday Woodworker Carter

Great Articles. I never knew about this passionate woodworker before, and am pleased to read about an lifelong practitioner that still has the fascinations of it and not the prejudices that may come with the same level of dedication. Once again, these are great articles, thank you!

Re: What to do with hammers

Looking at this I think of Pink Floyd.

Re: Bench Cookie Giveaway

I'd Change mine, but I like it. These B.C. are fantastic I think, not too expensive and an idea I almost cannot believe is new. A mat is one thing but it never raised the work a little above the table for the router bits. awesome accessory.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: New Masters of the Wooden Box by Oscar P. Fitzgerald

I would gladly take a copy off your hands, ya know, I would hate to unduly stress your homemade bookshelves, best allow me to rest it comfortably in my shop on the bench.

Re: How to build a table, in 60 seconds

For all the slow responders who are aghast at the title of the video. First, there is a comma! look at it! which makes the sentence mean - a sixty second lesson in how to build a table. Secondly, did you really think that someone could build a table in sixty seconds that would warrant being touted by Taunton?
Great Video, Thank you FWW once again for providing interesting content AND being grammatically correct in honest lead in titling.

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

I read all the tools mentioned and aside from a few clever responses I find this discussion has me turning to my workshop and looking at these tools mentioned and really appreciating their usability and versatility. As an earlier reader mentioned I also have a favorite Stanley plane that was handed down through my wife's family and I keep it on me when I am working, but I have to say that my clamp collection is absolutely indispensable. The Jorgensons, Irwin, Jet, Bessy, bar, strap, miter, handscrew, several other brand names as well as descriptions - et cetera - I use my Irwin quick clamp collection the most for obvious reasons, so I would have to say they are my favorite. I was a bit surprised that no-one else has the same feelings as most woodworking would be goofy looking without them.
as they say - you can never have enough clamps!

Re: Legally blind and still woodworking

This guy is my new hero, absolutely. I stopped riding a motorcycle and being a m/cycle mechanic after an accident left me with a bum right leg and right hip, that is why I wood work now. I cannot imagine anything tearing me out of my shop even though I am just a beginner, so people like this deserve the admiration from people like me. The only thing I would suggest for my new hero Tom is to take out an ad in a local paper for an apprentice, an unpaid intern of sorts that he can have help him and he can guide into the great journey that wood working is. If I lived close to Tom, I would ump at such an opportunity. Thank you for the inspirational article!

Re: Oak Shop Stool

super nice work.

Re: Is it OK to sell furniture based on FWW articles?

I'm not good enough to copy, I would like to be but so far I have had to rely on my creativeness to make pieces or 'things' as they normally are. As a writer, and I don't know if it applies here, but we say that amateurs borrow ideas, professionals steal. I doubt it is the same as there is no brotherhood in the creative arts as there is among woodworkers and bikers. but where would we be if one idea was not built upon another? without the first chair being copied/manipulated, there would be no Maloof, The only thing we do is build upon one another to make something great and useful. If we manage to make some money in the meantime without having to step all over each other to do it, even better. I would have to wonder what a person could come up with that does not consider copying anything ever, or follow or get even close.

Re: Benchtop Tablesaws: We Want Your Feedback

As much as I want a new unisaw (who doesn't) I have been using a Bosch Model 4100DG-09 for the past several months, this is an improvement over handsaws for me. I ten to use it as a do all tool and have built out feed tables and tend to utilize roller stands and such. I replaced the included miter guage with an incra nearly instantly as I found that the included one was not as accurate as I needed. The gravity rise stand makes everything easier and storage is a breeze. Until I have more than a garage to work in, or a car port for the wife, I love my tabletop and wouldn't get rid of it even after upgrading, if I ever do.

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