Mark ( on November 30th, 2008

Usually, I do not design pieces with very contemporary styling.  However, when I was asked to design and build a table for my brother-in-laws vacation home, I knew that I would need to change course a bit from the more traditional.  My brother-in-law and his wife’s tastes lean a bit more toward the contemporary side.   […]

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Mark ( on November 26th, 2008

Continuing the series of reviews for the SmartFlix Hand Tools course, this time I review the Chris Schwarz DVD Coarse, Medium and Fine. Like the earlier reviewed DVD on Hand Scraper preparation and use, this one was shot on location at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks in 2005. The DVD covers the subjects of surfacing rough lumber with hand […]

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Mark ( on November 22nd, 2008

You may or may not have noticed that I have put a poll in the sidebar to the right. I want to solicit the opinions of readers of the blog on what type of information you’d perfer to read about in an effort to better tailor content for the future.  So, if you have not […]

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Mark ( on November 20th, 2008

This review is another in a series on Hand Tools that I am doing with SmartFlix to help them develop a curriculum of instructional DVD’s for hand tool work in the woodshop. Similar to the Charlesworth DVD’s that I reviewed previously, this DVD: Hand Scrapers, Understanding, Preparing and Using the Ultimate Finishing Tool was shot […]

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Mark ( on November 8th, 2008

Blackburn’s third pillar of design which complements both Function and Construction is Proportion.  The topic of proportion is something that I have written about here before.  So, I won’t repeat too much of that information in this post but rather, I will touch on some additional design paradigms that are useful in developing proportion in […]

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