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December 2012


DNF-3

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Wow, Friday already? I almost missed it! Just like that, the busiest week of the season is behind us.  Here’s the latest ‘definitely not furniture‘ update. Simple gifts for the giving season. Family and friends. The utility and simplicity, hand shaping an off-cut can be…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part six

Making it up as I go....

Sorry to all the happy video viewer’s- but this post is a slideshow! It seems my external hard drive has somehow ‘digested’ the video clips from this segment but I have some stills to share with you. ( I arranged them on YouTube to maintain…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part five

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This segment of ‘The Autodidact’s Chair’ picks up with rough dimensioning the poplar for the lower frame. The stock is ripped,  crosscut, and then dimensioned square before the frame parts are laid out.                   I  hope everyone…


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DNF-2

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This weeks installment of ‘definitely not furniture‘ features a few examples of the wooden card holders/wallets I’ve made over the past month. Simple and clean, they’re a great way to use up those little offcuts around the woodshop. These ones have a leather strap that’s…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part four

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After the bent laminations are cut to length and smoothed, the rails are made up from solid poplar. The parts are dimensioned and the joinery begins. I decided to use twin tenons on the corners for some extra strength and glue surface. The parts are…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part three

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After the laminations are complete, the lengths and edges need to be defined. The chair stiles are a little awkward to work due to their shape but a hold-fast comes in handy and helps keep them in place while I crosscut them to length. Once…


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Definitely Not Furniture

Closure straps with nickle rivets and hardware.

Welcome to the Unplugged Woodshop- where THINGS are made by hand. So, that said, and this being Friday,  I’d like to start a new series to showcase some non-furniture projects I’ve been working on. Working wood and building furniture is obviously my passion, but I…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part two

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After the bending form is complete it’s time to make some chair parts. I’m using 10 strips of  1/8-in. poplar for the laminated sides. The poplar is easy to rip with a veneer saw and in no time I’m ready to start the glue-up. I…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part one

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As mentioned, this design was inspired by the ‘scoop chair’ I hold in my memory. The bent seat was a given, but I wanted to re-design the frame as well as incorporating a woven leather seat. I want this piece to have a contemporary feel…


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Landfill Harmonic

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“My life would be worthless without music.”   A friend posted this video clip on one of the social networks and I had to share it. This is one of the most inspiring things I’ve seen in a long, long time. Watch and you’ll see…


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