|Blog series by Mark Mazzo||updated 02-05-2010 10:34 PM||67 parts||99413 reads||227 comments total|
Since I already blog at my own domain I did not want to duplicate all of that content here at LumberJocks each time that I made a post. So, I asked Martin if it was appropriate for me to have blog entries here at LumberJocks that link to my own blog. The answer was a resounding yes – in fact it was encouraged! So, Beginning with this post I will have some short into text and a link to entries on my blog. If you are using an RSS reader you can still subscribe to the posts if you...
This post is a pragmatic look at the choices between hand a power tool woodworking. Click here for the post. Thanks for reading!
This post talks about the basic process I go through for every furniture design project. Click here for the post. Thanks for reading!
Tis the season for sawdust! Click here for the post. Thanks for reading!
Weekend activities and some praise for the unsung shop workhorse. Click here for the post. Thanks for reading!
I’ve posted a new entry on my blog regarding ways to improve your drawing skills in order to help with developing new furniture designs. Check out the post here. Thanks for reading!
I’ve added a post to my blog on some techniques and guidelines for developing a good furniture design. Click here for the post. Thanks for reading and please leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Given all of the buzz about the new Festool Domino, I thought that I’d share a technique that I’ve been using for years to do loose tenon joinery. While I think that the Festool Domino looks like a great tool, it may be out of reach, price-wise, for many woodworkers. In this post on my blog, I show a budget alternative. Take a look and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!
I was out this weekend at a friend’s place where some logging is being done (I’ll be posting about that in the near future). I started to think about the process of gathering lumber for use in the design and building of furniture projects. The work being done at my friends was very small scale when compared to any kind of a commercial operation however, it made me think about the benefits that small operations like this offer to the average woodworker. I buy rough lumber fr...
Sometimes after you complete a task, you wonder why you procrastinated so long to do it. I had a good day in the shop yesterday doing a simple but, long-overdue upgrade to my drill press. If you are considering a similar upgrade, or you are just looking for some inspiration to tackle a project that you’ve been putting off, you might want to take a look at the post about it on my blog. Thanks for reading and let me know what you think!
I’ve recently been doing some reading on various designers in search of guidance and inspiration. Sam Maloof has always been one of my favorites. In doing so, I came across some quotes from Maloof that express some of his philosophies on woodworking and design. In this post on my blog I explore these and share some of my thoughts on them. I’d be interested in hearing the perspectives on this subject from all of you LumberJocks out there. Thanks for reading!
I spent some time in the shop this past weekend working on a couple of final tasks for a new table before starting on the finishing. I had a choice on how to do the work and opted for a simple block plane. If you’ve done work with well-tuned hand tools, then you know how my experience was…either way, you can read about it here.
I’ve completed the table based on a design that I blogged about in a previous post. I talk about the construction and design details in a new post on my blog. There are some pictures of the detail there as well. Take a look and let me know what you think. Thanks!
The woodworking club that I belong to hosted Kelly Mehler for a lecture last night and a demonstration today. I had the pleasure of attending his lecture last night and I wrote about it at my blog. Take a look!
I recently went to a sale for a wood shop that was being sold off. What I came home with was a bit more than what I had expected. You can take a look at my thoughts on the subject here. Thanks for reading!
Not nearly as much time in the shop as I would like lately. I did however, get a bit of time in between other things for a small project. I did two twin boxes with some offcuts. Take a look at the post on my blog for details. Thanks for reading!
I had the opportunity to hear a talk given by Gene Landon recently. If you don’t know Gene, he has been featured in Fine Woodworking numerous times (that’s him in his shop pictured below) and he specializes in period furniture reproductions from his shop in Pennsylvania – for the most part all done with traditional hand tool methods. Gene gave a good talk about the his home and shop and the furniture he has done over the years. His capabilities and work were inspiration...
As I mentioned in my last blog post, I was recently inspired to build a period reproduction piece of furniture. I chose to do a side table in the Queen Anne style based on a Glen Huey design with cabriole legs, scrolled aprons and a single drawer. I like this style and it poses some challenges in developing new skills. The picture is Glen Huey’s version. I’ve started down the path of building this piece and I hope that you’ll follow along as I post entries about its de...
After band sawing the legs to rough shape in my last post, the next steps in developing the legs were to turn and shape the feet and to smooth and mark them for final shaping. This was an interesting process. There’s a good description and lots of pictures in the latest post on my blog. Let me know what you think – thanks for reading!
I was out of town last weekend for a family wedding so, progress on the table was stalled a bit. I got some more time in the shop yesterday and went to work shaping the legs for the table toward their final state. I had started this process before my trip but, I was not quite happy with some parts of the effort. The trip away allowed me to think about how I wanted to approach making changes for the better. You can read about my progress at my blog where there are a lot of pictures of the ...
I’ve been progressing on the legs for the Queen Anne Side Table. In my last post, I had shaped the feet and reworked the heel transitions on the legs. This left the tasks of adding and shaping the knee blocks, cutting the mortises and trimming the posts to final size to be done. There’s more on this with a bunch of pictures of the process in this post on my blog. Thanks for reading!
Well, after milling the stock and making a new tenoning jig for the table saw I was ready to cut the tenons on the aprons of the table. The jig was worth the effort and I was able to do a first dry fit of most the table parts. There’s more info in this post on my blog along with pictures of the new jig and the process. Take a look and thanks for reading!
After contemplating adding a smoothing plane to my shop for quite some time, I finally took the plunge. I looked at some of the beautiful new tools available out there and made my decision…what I decided may surprise you. I take you through the process in this post on my blog.
I had the opportunity to listen to a lecture by Thomas Pafk – a Roycroft Master Artisan about his work and methods of construction. His work is made unique buy his use of veneers in its design and construction. I wrote about the tlk in this post on my blog. Thanks for readng!
Well, after a brief diversion with the new (old) smoothing plane, I have been back to work on the Queen Anne Side Table. This post covers dovetailing the top rail above the drawer and cutting the Queen Anne style scroll work on the aprons. Next up will be the glue up and drawer runner assembly. Take a look and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!
With the joinery completed on the table I set out to pull all of the pieces together. In this post I tackled the glue up of the table carcase and top along with the building and installation of the drawer runner assembly. With this completed the next step will be building the dovetailed drawer. Take a look and let me know what you think – thanks for reading!
With the table carcase complete it was time to build and dovetail the drawer. I have a fairly long and detailed post on my blog with the process that I used to do this. Please take a look and let me know your thoughts. Thanks for reading!
Sometimes the best teachers are not who you might imagine they would be and sometimes the best lessens are the hardest to learn. I recently experienced the loss of the best teacher I have ever had. I’d be honored if you’d like to read my thoughts on the subject. The post about it is on my blog. Thanks for reading.
With most of the construction done it was time for detailing and contemplating how to finish the table. I share my thoughts on how I will proceed in this post in my blog. Thanks for reading!
Things are winding down on the Queen Anne Side Table project (more tom come on that in a future post) so, I’ve been thinking ahead to what is next. I have lots of furniture projects queued up but, I won’t start those until the table is finished and out. I’m always up for a challenge so, I’ve come up with something interesting…take a look at my latest post and let me know what you think.
Well, I’ve officially started down the road of lutherie! The guitar project has started and I’ve posted about my first efforts at my blog. Take a look at the initial steps in creating an instrument. Please let me know what you think – it’s definitely an interesting process so far. Thanks for reading!
This weekend I took the next steps in the guitar project. I posted about an interesting process for contouring the kerfed linings to accept the radiused top and back later in the prokect. I also got quite a surprise while installing the rosette that took a bit of thinking to recover from. Take a look and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!
I spent some more time on the guitar project. This time adding the bracing to the back plate. Doing this glue-up required some interesting clamping operations which I describe in the post. Take a look and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!
There was more bracing work to do on the guitar. This time a more complex operation on the underside of the guitar top. I found an alternative to the wooden dowel go-bars that I used last time. Take a look at the latest post to see the operation. Thanks for reading!
After waiting a while for the finish to cure and a brief hiatus out of town, the Queen Anne Side Table is finally complete. I posted about the final finish process, and adding the hardware at my blog. There are a bunch of pictures of the finished table and some close-ups as well. Thanks for reading!
Finally getting back to the guitar project…I’ve done some more work toward bringing the top and the sides together. Things are coming along. Take a look at my recent post for details. Thanks for reading!
Interesting clamping challenges abound in this project. In the picture you can see the solution for attaching the top of the guitar. Take a look at my latest post to see what they are and how they are used. Thanks for reading!
It was finally time to close up the body of the guitar. Yet another fun clamping operation.Things went reasonably well. The stage is now set for routing the channels for the binding and purfling. Take a look at the post for details. Thanks for reading!
Well, I just got the body together – so, what else would I do but take a router to it ??! Seriously though, this was probably the most nerve-racking part of the build so far. Read about my adventures in my latest blog post. Take a look and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!
With some impetus from a post that Chuck Bender (acanthuscarver) recently wrote, I discussed some of my thoughts on design in a recent post at my blog. As the title suggests, my take is that: “Simple is Elegant”. I’d be interested in your thoughts on the subject. Take a look and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!
Now that the channels have been routed it was time to install the binding along the back and top as well as the decorative purfling along the top. It was interesting and a bit tricky at times. Take a look at the details at my blog. Thanks for reading!
I don’t consider myself an accomplished turner…yet. Though, I’m working on it! I like to turn and the relative instant gratification that turning projects can offer. I had not turned anything in a while but, recently I spied a small off-cut of Walnut in the shop that was left over from the sofa table project. It looked like it had a bowl hiding inside it. Read on and I’ll walk you through the process I followed to create the Walnut bowl. Thanks for reading!
Recently, I was watching Neil Lamens’ interview (Part 1 and Part 2) with Wendell Castle. Neil did a great job talking with Mr. Castle about his approach to the craft and art of woodworking and his approach to design. I wrote about my thoughts on the interview and what Mr. Castle’s words meant to me in this post on my blog. Take a look and give me your thoughts. I’d be interested in hearing your perspectives. Thanks for reading!
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. In a new post on my blog, I focus on the first steps in the process and discuss how I typically approach them, and why. Take a look and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!
This weekend marked the opening of my woodworking club’s season. Our first guest speaker was Graham Blackburn speaking on the topics of design and hand tools in the modern shop. I’ve started a series of posts on the lecture as well as a subsequent workshop. Take a look at the first entry. Thanks for reading!
Building on the information that I gleaned from the Graham Blackburn workshop that I attended, I wanted to go into a little more depth on the topics of design that were discussed. According to Blackburn, there are three pillars of design: Function, Construction, and Proportion. I explore how the function of a piece relates to its design in the latest post on my blog. Thanks for reading!
Building on the previous post in this series, it’s time to explore Graham Blackburn’s second pillar of design: Construction. When one thinks of construction in woodworking, the first thought is inevitably joinery. While joinery is definitely one element of the construction of a piece of furniture, as you might expect, there’s more to the equation. Take a look at this post for a discussion of construction as it relates to design, according the Blackburn. Thanks for reading.
Continuing the series with Graham Blackburn’s third pillar of design: Proportion. This new post on my blog discusses some great design paradigms for use when developing a new furniture design. Take a look and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!
Deviating from more traditional pieces, I was asked to design and build a table with more modern styling. I started the design process by evaluating the constraints and developing some ideas in my sketchbook before moving on to a more refined design in SKetchup. You can take a look at the latest post on my blog for more details. Thanks for reading!
With the rough stock for this table acclimated to my shop for a week or so, I started this project as I usually do, by viewing all of the stock and marking out all of the components for best grain use, etc. The first order of business was to make the tapered and splayed legs from 8/4 stock. The details along with pictures are in the latest post at my blog. Thanks for reading!
With the legs complete I moved on to milling and gluing up the stock for the table top. I also used a simple trammel jig to mark the arcs on the ends of the top and cut them on the band saw. Check out the post on my blog for the details and photos of the process. Thanks for reading!
With the tapered legs complete, I moved on to the arched aprons. There’s a slight complication in making these so that the legs will ultimately splay out by 2 degrees. I cover all of the details in this post on my blog. Thanks for reading!
With a little bit of white chalk, I exposed my jointer today. The whole sordid tale is covered in the latest post on my blog. Thanks for reading!
I moved on to milling and installing the string inlay on the table before gluing it up and readying it for finish. Take a look at the latest post on my blog for the details. Thanks for reading!
After the glue up I moved on to sanding and finishing tasks. The details are covered in my latest blog post along with pictures of the finished product. Take a look and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!
I’m finally making the time to do a sculpted rocking chair in the Sam Maloof style. This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I just had to clear the way of other projects in porder to get to this one! You can follow along as I build this piece. The first post is on my blog now. Thanks for reading!
After completing the rough out of the seat and rear legs for the chair, I moved on to the headrest and rockers. This post details coopering of the headrest and cutting thin strips for the rockers at the table saw. Take a look and let me know your thoughts. Thanks for reading!
Moving on from the work of roughing out components, it was time for some laminations. After making the forms I went to work with lots of thin strips in hand to create the rockers and back braces for the chair. The glue-filled process is covered in the latest post on my blog. Thanks for reading!
With the lamination behind me I have moved on to work on the signature joinery of the chair – the Maloof-style joint where the legs join the seat. This post on my blog covers the seat portion of this interesting joint. Thanks for reading!
Last time I worked on the seat joinery. This time I complete the Maloof Joint by performing joinery on the front and rear legs of the rocking chair. There are some complication due to the fact that the rear legs need to cant at a six degree angle. Take a look at this post to see the details on how this is solved. Thanks for reading!
After a quick task with on front legs on the chair, it was finally on to some of the sculpting – starting with the seat. Take a look at this post on my blog for details and a pictorial of the process. Thanks for reading!
I was reading a post at Doug Stowe”s blog, Wisdom of the Hands where he was discussing how the use of specific tools could “self identify” your work. I commented my thoughts to Doug and also posted them and a poll at my blog. Take a look to see my take on the subject and take the poll and leave a comment while you’re there! Thanks for reading!
Well, after a bit of a hiatus, I’m back working at the Sculpted Rocking Chair. In my most recent post I continued with processing of the rear legs. This involved making a 20-degree jig for use at the band saw, shaping the areas at the seat joints and also drilling for the headrest. Take a look and let me know your thoughts. Thanks for reading!
How do you put a round-over on a leg with as many curved and non-flat surfaces as those on this chair (hint: it’s not all done with a router)? Take a look at the most recent post on my journey to build a Sculpted Rocking Chair. This time I tackled the front legs and initial shaping of all four of the legs. As a result, it’s really starting to look like a chair!
With the shaping of the legs completed. I moved on to working on the arms. The rough sha;ping is done with a jig at the table saw and a cove-cutting process. Take a look at the post at my blog for details and a bunch of pictures of the process. Thanks for reading!
Well, it was finally the moment of truth – gluing up the some of the parts of the chair that have been worked on for quire some time. Take a look at the post on my blog for the details of gluing up the legs of the chair. Thanks for reading!
Time to break out the angle grinder again. After fitting the arms to the rear leg joints I did the sculpting of the leg to seat joints in my latest post on my blog. Contrary to what you might thik – you can be delicate with an angle grinder and a 36-grit disk! Take a look an let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!