Mark ( on October 5th, 2009

So, it’s finally the fall season and I’m again getting back into the shop.  Man, do I have a lot of work waiting for me!  In addition to the always present shop clean-up activities, I have to finish my work on the Huntboard and then get back to the Sculpted Rocking Chair – oh, and […]

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Mark ( on August 28th, 2009

Recently, I was reading Doug Stowe’s blog: Wisdom of the Hands.  Doug had a post there about some testing of new tools he had been doing recently.  In the post, Doug discussed that he did not want his tools to allow his work to “self-identify” with the viewer.  His feeling is that if someone views […]

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Mark ( on January 10th, 2009

When readying parts to be edge glued, most of us probably trust the surface left after a pass over the jointer knives as being smooth and ready for gluing. After all, it feels smooth, and when the boards are placed edge to edge the fit looks pretty darn good. We don’t see how the fit […]

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Mark ( on August 6th, 2008

Previously, I wrote about the merits of using rough stock in your woodworking. In that post I discussed the benefits offered to every woodworker through milling your own boards from rough to ready. What I did not cover is how to go about preparing rough stock for use on a project. The basic steps from […]

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Mark ( on March 4th, 2008

With the bulk of the construction on the table complete, it was time to move on to the detailing tasks and finish work. I spent a considerable amount of time scraping and sanding all of the parts of the table. There were areas on the legs where the knees transition into the posts that needed […]

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