Sunday, November 23, 2014

That's Not a Box . . . This is a Box

Tired of watching all those silly electronic unboxing videos? Me too.


When opening up a new tool I decided to shoot an unboxing video we'd all actually care about.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This post originally appeared at modernwoodworkersassociation.com

The Long Island Woodworkers ClubShow was this past weekend. This year I had four (4) pieces on display: Stephen’s Step StoolThe Funeral Chair in Blue, the Shaker End Table and Lill’s Quilt rack. The show was at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, as it has been for the past few years. They have a wonderful timber frame barn that make a perfect venue. There were some amazing pieces there. From case work to bowls, the Long Island Woodworkers Club members showed their skills. None of my pieces medaled and that’s just fine. The ones that did deserved to win.

Brian McKnight's Modern Hall Table

Tony Fuoco's Bench.

Mike Josiah's Large Endgrain Bowl

Mark Oriano's All Mixed Up.

While the show ran all day on Saturday and Sunday, I was only able to attend for about 20 minutes on Saturday afternoon and for about 3 hours on Sunday. During that time I received many comments and compliments on my work. I was pleased by this, but it wasn’t too unexpected.

What was unexpected was which piece received the comments and compliments. Other than one jack ass commenting that Lill’s Quilt Rack was a “great place to hang your towels” all of the comments were aimed at the Funeral Chair in Blue. This surprised me.

My Funeral Chair in Blue on display at the show.

Every comment was about how surprised people were by the look of the Timberstrand with many saying they liked the rich tone of the blue dye also. I heard through back channels that the only reason the chair didn't win a ribbon was that it received demerits for being a non-original design. This praise and interest was much appreciated.

What I didn't appreciate was why Lill’s Quilt Rack didn't receive equal praise.
Lill's Quilt Rack on display at the show.


In my opinion, Lill’s Quilt Rack remains the most impressive piece I've built, both in terms of concept and execution. While it’s not perfect and I didn't expect it to win best in show, I did expect to generate some interest. I certainly expected it to be better received than the Funeral Chair in Blue. Why it didn't, I can’t say I understand.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Well dear reader, how the time has flown since we last discussed the Funeral Chair. In my most recent post about the chair build, I talked about how after sanding all of the pieces, I realized I had forgotten to round the bottoms of the legs. That led me back to my band saw and RO-90.

Round, as they should be.

In my post on the Modern Woodworkers Association I talked about how the Dominoes and Gorilla Wood Glue allowed me to get the necessary strength out of the small leg to stretcher joints. I also talked about how the order of glue up was so important.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

2014 November Shop Tour


November finds me waist deep in projects mid-finish.


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Thursday, November 6, 2014

The 18th Annual Long Island Woodworkers Show

I've been quieter than I'd like on the blog lately. Some of that has been the long hours in the shop getting ready for the 18th Annual Long Island Woodworkers Show.

Some of the chairs on display at last years show.

The show will be this weekend, November 8th and 9th, at the Old Bethpage Village Fairgrounds. It's in Exhibit hall and will feature the work of the Long Island Woodworker's Club members. You'll be able to look past the four (4) pieces I have on display and see some truly awe inspiring woodworking.

I'll be there (with a chair) for most of the weekend. Say hi if you see me.

If you're on or near Long Island, please stop by and say hello. I'll be there for most of the weekend.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Woodpecker's Finally Adds 6" & 8" Try Squares

I've ranted about the wonder of marking that is a Woodpecker Try Square since I received my first one many years ago.

My Woodpecker Try Square Collection.

I began with their standard 1281 model of 12" square. Then as they produced 26", 18", 6" & 8" models as One Time Tools, I added them to my collection. I find them all indispensable and I find the 6" and 8" models the most used in my shop.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fine Colored Outlet Covers


While recently renovating my shop I spent an inordinate amount of time on the electric. I now have three (3) 20 amp 120V lines and four (4) 20 am 220V lines. I wanted to run every conceivable combination of equipment (and for now, electric heater) and never worry about blowing a fuse.

It starts with a plan.

After wiring the abundance of wall outlets so that they switch from one (1) circuit to the next circuit to the next circuit as they go down the wall, I wanted to come up with an easy way of visually identifying which circuit each outlet belonged to.