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Lobster, Butterfly and Dovetail Soup

June 3, 2008

~ 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 each face and clearly mark on the back side of […]

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Little Wings

May 29, 2008

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 size template out of some scrap press board and try […]

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Attaching Walnut Headboard

May 28, 2008

  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 to make and a reliable connection. To start I’ll disassemble […]

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Platform Bed in Walnut

May 25, 2008

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 some joinery here in the form of a half lap […]

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Two Krenovs

May 22, 2008

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 day after I read that Mr. Krenov was no longer […]

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

May 12, 2008

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 most of us do. A happy and familiar area of […]

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May 9, 2008

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 great way to practice a new set of skills or […]

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May 3, 2008

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 mellow-dramatic tale of one small Block Planes journey through wood […]

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May 1, 2008

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 screws.? Hmmm…. This really boggled my mind, which obviously doesn’t […]

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Earning their Keep

April 30, 2008

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 for a few Special Purpose Hand Planes. I don’t use […]

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