Mark ( on September 25th, 2007

Recently there has been a lot of buzz in the woodworking community about the new Festool Domino joinery system. If you have not yet seen this system, it’s kind of like a Biscuit Joiner on steroids. However, different from the small circular blade on a Biscuit Joiner that cuts a football-shaped groove, the Domino cuts […]

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Mark ( on September 17th, 2007

This weekend I was doing a bit more straightening in the workshop and I came across a box of older Fine Woodworking magazines that I had temporarily stored there and were in need of a better home. While sorting through the issues so that I could file them, I came across Issue #168 from February […]

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Mark ( on September 14th, 2007

As I previously mentioned in this post, I always start the process of a furniture design with sketches of the piece that I would like to build. This helps me to explore what is in my minds eye and to evolve it to the point that I can detail it via computer and then ultimately […]

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Mark ( on September 10th, 2007

I spent some time this past weekend starting the process of cleaning up the workshop. I say starting because there is still a ways to go! I don’t want to give you the impression that the shop was a total mess or anything. It had the usual areas of clutter and things that did not […]

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Mark ( on September 7th, 2007

Every year at this time things start to change: the weather begins to change (at least here in the Northeast it does), kids return to school with high aspirations of a new year, if you are a hunter then that season begins, and Autumn of course signals the start of Football season! For me this […]

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