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Lobster, Butterfly and Dovetail Soup

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~ Upbeat, with feel ~   A quick note now to demonstrate the evolution of the Lobster tail into the so-called Butterfly or Dovetail….follow me? Start of after you’ve cut out your butterflies by squaring up the ends. I like to run my Smoother over…


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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

head board attached

  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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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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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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Earning their Keep

This morning while working on a rabbet and dado joint cut using power tools, I discovered the fit to be a little too tight. It would have taken me hours to re-set my Table saw and start to fine tune this fit; instead I reached…


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The Colours of Working Wood

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I love working wood, from the feel and the weight of the rough stock coming off a truck and into my shop to the smell of the fibres as I rough plane and cross cut the planks to a more manageable size appropriate to the…


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Treasures From the Far East

borg hollows and rounds

Being a user, collector and lover of hand planes I’m always keeping my eye out for rare or unusual styles. When recently surfing around the Japan Woodworker Online Catalogue I discovered some wooden bodied, Hollows and Rounds that are being manufactured in China. China? I…


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In the Eyes of the Beholder

cherry cabinet detail

  “A perfectly executed, hand cut dovetail joint…” Oh yeah? It seems lately when I open up woodworking magazines or watch woodworking video clips everybody is talking about their perfect way to cut dovetails. Half-blinds and hounds tooth, better saws and better jigs. Doesn’t matter…


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Kitchen Cabinet Update

pantry cupboards

Well, slowly but surely the Cherry kitchen cabinets are coming along quite nicely. This past weekend I’ve been working on a few ways to add some extra storage space to a relatively small foot print. These additions are common in modern kitchen design but I’ve…


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The Days are Getting Longer…

out the shop window

This mornings 5 a.m. wake up call came as it always does; alarm clock tearing through my semi-unconscious state, lying there thinking “Do I really have to go out to work this morning”? Working alone and being ones own boss surely has it’s advantages, but…


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Cherry and Maple Side Table

shaker side table

Reflecting the Shaker influence but displaying an original modern interpretation, this side table will complement any decor. Made from solid Cherry and Birds Eye Maple it features hand cut joinery that will last for generations. This design is closely based on one by Garrett Hack…


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