san saba, TX, US

I've been a woodworker for over 40 years, and a professional for last 14 years. I'm retired from the Navy so my furniture building is not something that I'm doing to make a living. I only make a maximum of 12 pieces a year, so that I can give each piece my total attention as it's being created, with no rushing to complete it. I also try to educate the folks that I come in contact with, about the advantages of having custom, hand crafted furniture, rather than wasting money on the big store stuff.

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Arts and Crafts Sideboard

Sideboard of my own design, in the Arts and Crafts style.  Drawers have exposed box joints, in the Greene and Greene design.  Piece is made entirely of quarter sawn white oak, with natural...

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Re: Is fitting drawers the best task in woodworking?

Any time I'm using my hand tools, is my favorite part of wood working.
Fitting drawers is also one of my favorite task. The sound of a well tuned wood plane slicing through the wood is music to my ears. Sawing and fitting the mortise and tenon joinery of a piece also ranks right up there. I don't think there's a part of the construction process that I don't like, except maybe finishing a piece and having to deliver it to the client. My wife says it's like I'm giving one of my children away.

Re: UPDATE: Carving in the Round by Andrew Thomas and How to Carve Wood by Richard Butz

I've got some carving tools, just need to get a little more "know how" to get started in carving.

Re: Huge advances in woodworking technology

I bought a Byrd shelix for my old 15" Grizzly planer and the difference is amazing. From the nice, smooth cuts, with no tear out, even against the grain; to the incredible amount of noise reduction. Time will tell on the durability of the inserts, but I believing for the best. My planer is used in a commercial setting, so it gets a lot of use. Shouldn't take long to see how this head holds up.

Re: Behold, the Speed Tenon

I've used this method in the past. After having an occasional kick back, I decided to use the tenon jig method. And as for speed, I think if I have a lot of tenons to cut, I could do them faster by cutting the shoulders using the miter gauge with a stop and finishing with the tenon jig.
Surprises me that Chris would settle for a "quick" method of cutting tenons, when he cuts his dovetails by hand. Cutting tenons by hand is easier and quicker than cutting dovetails.

Re: Fine Woodworking Magazine Goes Digital

I prefer the method of viewing the current issue of FWW that's already in use by Don't really care to look at all of the advertisements and I like the option to save an article.

Re: Woodworking Shop in Nacogdoches, Texas

very nice and unique shop. plenty of space to work. now all you need is a dust collection system.

Re: UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Surface Preparation and Staining by Hendrik Varju

Always interested in good info for finishing. Sign me up.

Re: Glory, thy name is Unifence

I have this fence system also and I also have a right tilt saw. Changing the fence to the other side of the fence head is always a delay that I hate to take, when making mitered cuts. I've been looking for another unifence, just so I have an extra one already set up for making mitered cuts. If I upgrade to a left tilt cabinet saw, this fence is going to be changed over to it.
Nice post.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Traditional Finishing Techniques from the New Best of Fine Woodworking

Another great give away. I never got the Kreg jig I won, so maybe I could win this and not get it.

Re: Guitar Stool

This is a great idea! Very nice design and execution. Two birds with one stone. I may have to steal this design concept and build a couple of these for the guitarist on our church worship team.

Re: Kotatsu

I'm always drawn to these Japanese tables, although I would never be able to sit on the floor and make use of them. This is a nice design, well executed in the workmanship.

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