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Re: Paolini bookcase

Your use of curly maple really works with this design. I've made a couple of these in oak and one in cherry - I didn't think of using maple - but now... Thanks for sharing!

Re: a pretty good mitered frame gluing jig

I agree with EngrMike, I lowered the outside corners to allow for squeeze-out after gluing a couple of frames down to the jig - due to my sloppy gluing habits. Haven't had a problem since. I have also used clamping dogs along with this jig - maybe a little over-kill but it is only one more clamp and my miters have never looked better.

Re: It's impossible to cheat at woodworking

Good post Matt, but are you sure the guy wasn't just pulling your leg? I can't tell you how many times I have found myself trying to do something "the hard way" , only to have someone come along show me a head slapping, simple way to achieve the same task - My common reply - "But that's cheating".

Re: The Story Behind the Government's Pending Tablesaw Ruling

My guess is that insurers will be making the call on this - as soon a FST proven in the field (and it will be) insurance companies will begin requiring their professional clientele to use the available technology.

Re: Shaker cherry trestle table with leaves

Very nice Charles - I really like the way you solved the "ugly hardware" issue.


The inlay really adds a nice touch - large cabinets tend to look a little monotonous but you have managed to avoid that without going overboard. I also like the addition of casters - did you design the skirts to be removed for those big moves? Very nicely done sir!

Re: Alder Buffet

Wow! What kind of beer you drinking?

Re: Elements of a Good Trade Show Booth

Agreed - here are a couple more -

1. Qualify, qualify and qualify some more! I can't tell you how many hours I have wasted while shooting the breeze with a visitor, only to find he was another woodworker. Determine right away if you are speaking with a potential buyer or not. Ask questions, listen and ask more questions!

2. Don't just show off your pretty work. Real buyers want know how you might be a part of a solution they are looking for. Be prepared with stories about how you have helped others get what they wanted. Convince prospects you are the solution or at least part of one.

3. Be sure you are in the right show - Home shows have never been that fruitful for me regarding custom furniture - they can be great for kitchen and bath products. When I think "trade", I think designers, architects, etc... - people who can bring business my way.

Re: The Status of the Custom Market: Are We Seeing a Resurgence?

Like any market, the market for fine woodworking expands and contracts with the times - it's just business. Adaptability is the key to survival. While I enjoy doing my signature work - taking in some (or even a lot) trim or built-in work is never under me. In fact, treated right, that type of work can be a boost to your finer work down the road. Also, be sure you are taking care of your past customers - they are the most reliable source for repeat and new clients - also the least expensive to procure.

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

If you could see my first couple of attempts at chair building you would understand my need for a book like this. Sign me up fast, please!!

Re: Simple Taper Jig

I was just looking over tapering jig plans. I love this - simple and functional - my kind of jig. I'm thinking of using a design like this with a cross-cut sled. - Thanks!

Re: Simple Sliding Jig for Crosscut Guide

I have a bucket full of t&g oak flooring scraps - I never thought of taking advantage of the t&g for the purpose you have. Nice and simple - I love this site! Thanks!

Re: Do woodworkers hold the key to a quick clean-up of the gulf oil spill?

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

- Albert Einstein

Please carry on Doug.

Re: The Importance of Hand Skills in Education

I learned I could too could create something - all I needed was my imagination and a plan to follow. Thank you Mr. Yeats!!

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