schwa6970

Graham, NC, US
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Hi, I have been a professional woodworker for the last 19 yrs. My experience is in the following aspects-Custom furniture and cabinet making,Stair building,Rustic log furniture making, And a lot of finishing including dyes,conventional and hvlp spray systems,Faux finish,Crackles and learning probably the best way to achieve a full filled finish(my secret). Some of my other interests include Marine Reef keeping playing the guitar,my Family our many pets and gardening.
I resided in Michigan for 39 years until late 2008 when the economy collapsed and moved the wife and kids to Graham North Carolina where I am employed at The East Coast location of Woodworkers Supply where I am the assistant manager of the store. I am still an avid woodworker and take any side work that comes my way.



Recent comments


Re: Updated: Stanley Sells Delta Tools to Taiwanese Company

Sad news indeed. Even though most of everything Delta sells is Chinese made anymore at least the dollars were still flowing into our economy. All this selling out to Chinese company's is destroying this country.
I have bought 2 different Delta machines (both Chinese)one of them being a 12in benchtop variable speed drill press that came real close to burning my shop down when the switch shorted out in the middle of the night and was in a molten mess on my bench the next morning. It was about 2 months out of warranty so I had to pay for their shoddy materials in the construction of this thing. It was recalled shortly before that due to some faulty pulleys.
I will never buy anything Dela again!!!
I am very thankful I already have about 95% of the machines and tools I will ever need and most of them are US made. I would not even want to think about outfitting a wood shop these days.
It would cost me triple or quadruple what I have spent to get the same quality of machines and tools I own.
All these companys that are selling out like this I have a very serious question for you- Who do you think you are gonna sell your products to when none of the people(Woodworkers,tradesmen) who made you have jobs anymore?
As a lifelong woodworker in the Detroit area I have felt the crunch of our "Selling out".

Re: Adjustable Height Workbench

I would have a hard time doing work at this bench I would be too worried of dumping glue on it or something. Its beautiful and very innovative what you have done with the adj. height.

Re: coffee table

Now that inlay is impressive. I would have a hard time letting anyone set a glass on it. I love the corners I built a table about 15 years ago that had a very similar detail

Re: Are CNC machines ready for Fine Woodworking?

My earlier post did not involve anything about purists what it did involve is the fact that I saw more wasted beautiful hardwood due to a CNC in a week than I have been responsible for in 20+ years as a woodworker. Maybe it all had something to do with the guys running it but most hardwood that I saw cut on a CNC was basically firewood by the time that the machine was done with it with more tear out in a foot than a full 16 ft hickory board run through a planer with seriously neglected knives on it. I will admit for processing panels out of plywood they are great just keep them away from the hardwood. Someday we will run out of all the lumber that we all love so much and will be forced to make our furniture out of a lesser variety and these inexperienced CNC operator that think they are Norm on speed are gonna make it happen so much sooner.Lumber is meant to be respected as the living thing that it once was. If you cant make something out of it that signifys that then stay away from it.

Re: New Study Discusses Tablesaw Injuries

I have had 2 accidents with a table saw. They were both due to inexperience. The first was on an Altendorf sliding table saw. I didn't have the rip fence in the correct position to do a cross cut and had a 2ftx3ft kick back and hit me right next to my privates in the hip joint the next day my leg was black and blue down to my ankle a very close call. The next time was standing lengths of stock to make corner blocks on a diagonal in a jig when i got to the blade i went around back side to pull the rest of the way through the stock pinched the blade and pulled it and my hand back through the blade I was lucky again and only ended up with a deformed finger nail to remind me not to be stupid any more.Both of these accidents happened due to not being properly trained during my apprenticeship years back in the early 90's. My theory on table saw safety is to always be aware of the relation of your hand to the saw blade. I have never put any of the guards on my Powermatic at home and have always viewed them as more of a nuisance than a safety feature.If I had a newer saw I would use the riving knife but would never even consider putting on the blade guard.It may sound crazy but you couldn't talk me into ever buying a saw stop for anything it may be a great safety feature for a learning environment but the extra 2 grand over a standard cabinet saw could sure buy a lot of lumber or some new Power tools. I really don't see how they can justify the added cost sure it will probably save a couple fingers but I would be willing to bet that there are more misfires than actual activations due to a safety issue. If they truly had safety in mind then they would lower the cost of the thing so more people might buy it. I have been in the trade a long time and know a lot of woodworkers and have yet to find one that has even considered buying one over a nice Powermatic or a Delta.

Re: Are CNC machines ready for Fine Woodworking?

The last commercial shop I worked at had two cnc's . When these machines cut sheet stock they are great but that is where I draw the line. I saw so much good hardwood wasted by this thing it would tear out so bad that a lot of time was spent filling and sanding to get a satisfactory surface it really wasnt economical. Any time I tried to cut the stock I was using on a tablesaw I would get some spiel about technology and that I needed to get out of the stone age. I didnt work at this facility for very long as I did not see eye to eye with the jokers running it. To see so much beautiful hardwood destroyed and then filled and packed with bondo to make it appear usable to the untrained eye made me sick. Flagrant disregard for nature. I have been a furniture maker for 20 years and I dont think in my 20 years I have ruined this much lumber as they did in a typical work week. I firmly believe that cnc machines do not belong anywhere near hard wood of any kind

Re: Oak Corner Lamp

I love this lamp. I want to make one similar to it. Wright is one of my favorites everything he designed came right from the heart.Your son is a lucky guy to get such beautiful stuff I am sure he will cherish it forever.

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

I would love to have a Lee Valley Medium Shoulder Plane and some nice chunks of Maple Burl and Claro Walnut. I just started turning and am totally hooked.

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

I would love to have a Lee Valley Medium Shoulder Plane and some nice chunks of Maple Burl and Claro Walnut. I just started turning and am totally hooked.

Re: Louis XIV Boulle' Collectors Cabinet

Amazing! Museum Quality!

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

Its hard to choose my favorite hand tool. My Starrett combo square has been with me a long time and still as dead nuts as day one,but i love my Veritas low angle block plane too.
My favorite power tool has to be my Powermatic Table saw. Its powerful and precise down to the 128 of an inch. It took me a while to get it set up this well but it stays put and when cutting I rarely even need a tape with the exception of dados.

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

Its hard to choose my favorite hand tool. My Starrett combo square has been with me a long time and still as dead nuts as day one,but i love my Veritas low angle block plane too.
My favorite power tool has to be my Powermatic Table saw. Its powerful and precise down to the 128 of an inch. It took me a while to get it set up this well but it stays put and when cutting I rarely even need a tape with the exception of dados.

Re: Top 7 Woodworking Pet Peeves

Having someone surprise me from behind when I have a machine running and dont know they are there. Dangerous and have damaged more than one piece of exotic from this.
By the way with the exception of poly glue and titebond 3 it all comes out of clothes in the wash eventually.



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