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May 2008


Little Wings

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Now that the headboard is complete other than I have to still apply a finish; I move on to the inlaid butterfly keys at the bottom of the bed. These will be both structural and visual in design. I’ll start off by making a full…


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Attaching Walnut Headboard

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  In my last post I showed the procedure of cutting a half-lap dovetail into the top rail of the headboard. Now I’ll demonstrate how using similar techniques I’ll attach the rail to the top of the headboard for a joint that is strong, easy…


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Platform Bed in Walnut

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The head board is a vital component to the over-all design of the Platform Bed I’m in the middle of building. Visually and aesthetically, the top of the head board can make a good design great, or a mediocre design poor. I chose to show-off…


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Two Krenovs

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A while back I went to visit the shop of a good friend of mine and fellow wood-worker, Mike Morrison. In my hand I held one of my prized possessions, my James Krenov Smoothing plane. I had purchased it a year or two ago, the…


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Thinking Outside of the, half-blind, houndstooth, imported, spalted hardwood totin’, Dovetailed Box

may 8, 2008 skewed revalations

Penicillin, gravity, marsh-mellows…..all kind of ‘just happened’ didn’t they? Walking down a straight path leading you to some bright and shiny, safe haven ahead; great. No worries, perfect. A classic you might say… Working wood, I sometimes fall into this fuzzy place as I’m sure…


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TOOL STORAGE UPDATE

may 8, 2008 tool storage

The Tool Chest from a few weeks back has found a great home for itself on the floor in front of my full size Tool Cabinet. Funny how it fit so nice there? Coincidence? Tool storage is something every wood worker should consider; it’s a…


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FINISHING SECRETS-UPDATE…

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O.k. so the phony headline on the last post was a little mis-leading. You thought you were going to find out some top-secret finishing techniques I have locked away in some old turn of the century wood working encyclopedias, but no, you only got a…


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THE SECRETS OF FINISHING WOOD – REVEALED !

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O.k. now that I’ve got your attention…what’s up with the screws in my ECE (Primus) Block Plane.? Not a straight head or flat head, a square head er,,…a Robinson here across the border. No. It has two, sort of ‘softish’, poorly machined metal Phillips style…


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