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Blog entry by kgriff posted 08-09-2007 12:31 AM 866 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i haven’t posted any work because i haven’t been on these here internets. most of my time lately has been moving house, house painting, unpacking, dump runs, and other such things. the woodworking is suffering because of my move – i’m not sure suffering is the right word – i’m quite happy doing house stuff. i’ll get back to it once i’m settled. soon. try this in the mean time – (not current either – and no tool was involved in the cutting of the thumb, ducting for dust collection).

besides, i’ve a wedding present to finish for some friends. a solid bubinga topped coffee table with wenge legs and such. it has turned into a two for one deal – if i’m making one, why not make two? right? the other is live edged cebil with black alowood ( legs and base. both the bubinga and cebil are wide pieces, so that begs the question of keeping them flat huh? i decided on a sliding dovetailed batten, fixed in the bottom center of the batten with a glued in dowel. time will tell if there is foolishness in this process.

just writing about it makes me want to get to the shop. but alas, my walls are begging for paint….

-- kgriff, seattle

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#1 posted 08-09-2007 01:39 AM

Hey Kgriff, let’s see those exotic tables. On the paper they sound very good.

Regarding the sliding dovetail I think there’s method in your madness: is the traditional usual way that has been in use here for centuries to attach tabletops to legs in appronless low tables.

Actually, I’m in the process of making a low stool for the shower (yes, we take showers seated here) and both legs are connected (at an angle) to the seat via stopped sliding dovetails… hand cut I must say (ouch!).

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#2 posted 08-09-2007 01:45 AM

Nice pictures, great work, except the thumb of course.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#3 posted 08-09-2007 02:44 AM

great work … love the wenge case the best. some of your photos look very professional.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 08-09-2007 02:54 AM

Lots of good stuff there. I’ll bet you will be glad to get back to the shop.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 08-09-2007 02:55 AM

the wenge case was of two layers of 3/4” light weight mdf (no such thing) sandwitched and veneered. fun to do with built in joinery. but it was a pain to deliver. 4 flights of stairs. the pics are slightly blurry cause my hands were shaking from the delivery.

the pro looking photos were from when i was in school – end of quarter they had a photographer come in and snap pics. alas, those will probably be the last “pro” shots for a while.

thanks peeps.

-- kgriff, seattle

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#6 posted 08-09-2007 09:09 AM

Alowood – never heard of it…thanks for the link…what an interesting concept. Hardening and coloring softwood through and through to machine and appear like a variety of hardwoods…I’m gonna have to sit with this for a while…

Never heard of cebil either…looks a lot like Jatoba and Lyptus…true?

And, speaking of Bubinga...check this post out

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 08-09-2007 11:55 AM

ouch re: injury .. double ouch re: the needle!!

love your creative creations. (My favourite is a toss up between the door frame and the picture frame.)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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