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Blog entry by Brian Havens posted 07-27-2010 02:07 AM 1786 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year, on a whim, I submitted a few my pieces to Fine Woodworking Magazine for a new feature with Hank Gilpin. I just received my complimentary issue of FWW #214 (October 2010), and yep, that’s me getting my Jewelry Armoire design ripped to shreds on page 64. :-))

Yeah, sure, it is never much fun getting your work critically critiqued, but if you can swallow that medicine, then you have a fantastic opportunity to improve. In fact, one of the reasons I took on the Jewelry Armoire project was to push both my technical and design skills past their limit. If I had gotten everything perfect, then I am not pushing myself hard enough. I think Michelangelo said it best: “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”

Hank’s redesigned base for my Jewelry Armoire is awesome. And I cannot wait to get started.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#1 posted 07-27-2010 03:03 AM

I don’t have any idea, is it true that if it was published in a magazine, then you have no right to post it here? Do the rights belongs now to the fine woodworking?

-- Bert

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#2 posted 07-27-2010 03:08 AM

Congrats Brian.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 07-27-2010 03:54 AM

Dave: I plan to redo the base. I like Hank’s suggestion, and I can reuse the existing base for a table, perhaps. It is also the part that has always bothered me the most. Not sure what to do about the competing elements on the door (the inlay, the handles, and the veneer). I have more sheets of that veneer, so it is possible to remove the inlay, but I am a woodworker not a surgeon. (LOL) Maybe it is best to simple chalk it up to experience.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#4 posted 07-27-2010 04:06 AM

That’s fantastic Brian congrats, I look forward to reading the article.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 07-27-2010 07:55 AM

Sounds interesting. Congrats on getting in FWW. Will it be online?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 07-27-2010 08:11 AM


-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#7 posted 07-27-2010 10:28 AM

Brian, I haven’t read this article and I don’t know Hank Gilpin. I wouldn’t change a thing, your work here is not just a standard everyday cabinet. You created a piece of art this was your design. Stick to your design. You should be proud of the experience you have gained from challenging yourself. I’d use the criticisim that you received, to make your next challenging piece even better. Congratulations, your work was picked for this article because its top notch.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#8 posted 07-27-2010 01:57 PM

brian ,
watched the video ,
didn’t see any comments .
as stated , this is your work and personal for your wife .

monday morning quarterbacking sounds like to me .

we are all evolving , as is our work .

let them find their own wife ,
and make their own cabinet .
let’s see if theirs get’s in a magazine !

beautiful work .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 07-30-2010 07:20 AM

I think I have to buy this month’s FWW!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#10 posted 08-11-2016 02:32 AM

Dude that’s one of my all time favorite articles, especially the tips Hank gives on the right side of the page 2 (or the article, I think!)

Have you seen his video on domestic woods? Here it is, it’s fantastic to hear his opinion on the more unique domestic species and what he likes about them. I gotta get this guy on a podcast sometime,

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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