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Forging A Custom Hinge with Peter Ross DVD from Popular Woodworking Blacksmith F+W Media

Forging A Custom Hinge with Peter Ross DVD from Popular Woodworking Blacksmith F+W Media

129 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 1 comment »

Mr. Ross’ style is perfect for me, calm, peaceful, he even makes hammering metal feel and sound good on video. He aptly demonstrates how to make a forged iron (might have been steel) hinge out of sheet metal, using basic hand tools, a heat forge and anvil, all of which I have already. My goals for buying this video were to learn the process and apply the concept to making hammered copper hinges for a project in the Charles Rohlfs style, which always had exceptionally made hammered- ...

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Review of the Video "Sam Maloof: A Fine Woodworking DVD Profile"

Review of the Video "Sam Maloof: A Fine Woodworking DVD Profile"

2379 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 6 comments »

Wow, want to feel overwhelmed, and very inadequate? Sort of like being the last kid to get underarm hair in gym class. I am in the process of building three more Maloof-Inspired Rocking Chairs. Two for a commission, the third as a piece for speculation sale. I have been working through my notes from the last one and preparing wood, and I ran across the Sam Maloof DVD as a recommended Amazon item. You know, those annoying multi-week advertisments from Amazon that keeps track of ever...

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Review of the Porter-Cable Orbital Sander Model 333

Review of the Porter-Cable Orbital Sander Model 333

2379 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 18 comments »

To be blunt, this will be my last Porter Cable Model 333. It is my third. The only one I like was bought in 1997, and I still use it. The one I bought in 2005 is dead. The one I bought in 2007 stinks. Now, don’t get me wrong. I “used” to love anything about a Porter Cable tool. My first warning sign was my laminate trim router I bought in 1997, and every P-C rep I talked to denied ever hearing about the problem with the collet getting crimped onto the bit sh...

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Review of the Grizzly G1023SL Cabinet Style Table Saw

Review of the Grizzly G1023SL Cabinet Style Table Saw

2379 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 10 comments »

To put it bluntly, I love this Saw. Not, “Love” in the same sense as the way I feel for my wife, or my kids, or my dog, but this Saw is great. I was quite reluctant to buy it frankly. At the time, I had recently quit a job teaching woodworking where I was able to use a Powermatic Cabinet Saw that was about 20 years old, and I also loved that Saw. When I decided to buy my own Table Saw after leaving that job, I had to decide what to get. I didn’t have any money, an...

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Review of the Bosch 4000 Portable Table Saw and Folding Stand

Review of the Bosch 4000 Portable Table Saw and Folding Stand

2379 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 21 comments »

NOTE: MY RATING OF 5 STARS is based on the operation of this saw for it’s intended use, being that it is a contractor’s portable table saw. I have gotten a lot of emails over the past 18 months or so since I first wrote this up, from folks hoping to build furniture without spending as much as a cabinet saw will cost them. I continue to feel that this saw is not recommended for high-end furniture making. You can get by with a handsaw if you have to, but if you buy this Portable ...

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