Today participated in the regional Skills competition in calgary.It was for grades 10-12, I am in grade 10. After 6 hours of work, my box was complete. I brought some beeswax to make my box stand out from the others. The techniques the box required were hand-cut dovetails, rabbet joints, tapers, dados and other regular practices. The box sides are yellow poplar, the ends are cherry and the top and bottom are cherry plywood. I came in bronze (third) and was very happy because this was my fi...
I am a co-chair for the Members Gallery at this year’s Furniture Society Conference. All Furniture Society members are invited to submit to the Members Gallery. Design, Community & Sublime Conference will be held at Maine College of Art from June 14-16,2012 in Portland Maine. The exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to show one’s work to your peers and other conference attendees. We encourage all Society members to participate. There is no fee to submit to Members Galle...
After a month of development based on the feedback I got here, I finally managed to release Carpenter Pro, this time, it calculates how many plywood sheets are needed to finish your project and get detailed cutlist diagram for each stock sheet needed. It allows you to specify the dimensions & grain direction for your stock sheets material, specify the dimensions and the required grain direction for each part you need to cut for your project, and set the kerf amount, then watch this app ge...
Since the last post I have been very busy figuring out how to make this work. I have met lots of generous and helpful people including architects and designers, artists, lawyers, engineers, and teachers. I found a great business partner and we are working on some really exciting ideas. Like I said before, Community Woodshop is not a new idea and when you start something new the best thing to do is find out what has been done before. So, my partner and I decided to visit the shops in the...
I had a Ryobi 14 Amp 10 in. Compound Mitre Saw. It was working fine but could only cut a max of 5 inches wide boards. I was in the market for a new on but all of the sliding miter saw was so costly. I even considered a Harbor Freight one, but even at that it was a $100 and more for one. I decided to check out craigslist.com and found a Kobalt one there for s feel. Well, after I got home I found out why it was so cheap – it was not square. I tried a couple of time to square it up but it...
I recently finished working on a cutting algorithm app for the iPad and iPhone called Smart Cutter, and wanted to share the app with every one hoping get some feedback from carpenters and wood workers. Smart Cutter finds the maximum number of small pieces cut from a larger sheet of paper with minimum scrap. It employs a state of the art algorithm to generate the maximum number of small pieces cut from a larger sheet of paper, wood, cloth or any other material, with minimum waste. Whether y...
I wanted to do this for a long time and had the parts ordered and delivered a while ago, but one thing led to another and this was kept on the back burner and never saw the light of day. Ironically, it is now finished but still with no light of day as it is almost 11pm… All it gets is the light of the moon (which some may say is better). I really liked benchcrafted wagon vise (even a free plug for them) But for what it is I think it’s a bit overpriced (for a vise). Don’t ...
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Earthly Pleasures is an online exhibition at Crafthaus.com curated by us. We received 65 fantastic submissions, sadly could not use all of them. Artists from Bali, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Portugal, and the United States made the pieces we selected. The artists in the exhibit: Claudie Bastide, Harriete Estel Berman, Fred Johnson, Norine Kevolic, Tadashi Koizumi, Gabrielle, Kunze, Joshua Lynn, Warren Moeller, Tom Muir, Norman Pirollo, Frances Scott, Tom Skaggs, Robbin Smith, Frances...
I thought some people might be interested in my drawknife. It never dulls. Ever. This is a picture (below) of one of my draw knives. I have three but this one is special and very, very different. It was made around 1976 and has been used a lot. The thing is, I can’t dull it, and I can’t sharpen it. Now, I’ve never tried purposely to dull it. I’ve used it mostly to carve guitar necks in mahogany and maple. And I’ve used it on other things too but always respect...
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