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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 06-25-2012 12:40 AM 2427 reads 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

De’ja’ vu

Last year I built a Shaker Bench for one of our favorite local charities. I was not going to make the deadline and Brian Havens flew out at a moment’s notice to help me build & deliver the bench just in time to be fashionably late rather than just late. (See blog entry here at LJ.)

This year I started my project a couple of weeks early but things did not go as smoothly as I would have liked on the project nor my schedule. As a professional contractor my schedule is very dynamic and even with the best plans, things pop up and I get squeezed. Sometimes work gets added but deadlines do not move back to allow for the extra work to be done in a normal work day, so that means I work extra long days to fit it in.

Introducing Mike Pasini

So this is where local woodworker, designer~craftsman, and good friend Mike Pasini steps in. He offered to bail me out and I very humbly accepted his help. Mike is a talented woodworker and designer~craftsman himself and I was so glad to have him join me in the shop.

Working with Mike was a real joy and moral raiser for me since my schedule was overbearing. He brings good energy and creativity to the shop.

Use Your Woodworking To Support A Cause

I highly recommend finding a local charity or cause that you believe in to support with your woodworking talents. It is very satisfying knowing you helped someone with your skills. (I will have to cover this topic more in the future.)

Bookcase is made of black walnut and curly, ambrosia maple. It brought in $600 at auction for one of our favorite local charities COR Enterprises.

Your Friend in the Shop,
Todd A. Clippinger

Share the Love~Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com



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jaykaypur

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#1 posted 06-25-2012 01:16 AM

Beautiful bookcase. It’s nice to have a friend like Mike when schedules get tight.

A great blog and again, a beautiful piece.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 06-25-2012 01:29 AM

Beautiful!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#3 posted 06-25-2012 02:23 AM

Very beautiful Todd. Someone will be very very happy.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#4 posted 06-25-2012 03:01 AM

beautiful job Todd. A great contribution for a great cause.

Some of it looks like it was book matched and some like it is slip matched.

How thick did the panels end up being.

When I made my kitchen cabinets out of Ambrosia Maple I resawed to 1/4” and planed to 5.2MM to fit in a metric stile and rail router bit set. I was able to get 4 slices out of 5/4 Ambrosia. It was printed in a Wood Magazine email as my “Best Wood Find.”

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#5 posted 06-25-2012 03:07 AM

Very nice. The rewards for such fine work will go far beyond a simple thanks.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#6 posted 06-25-2012 03:23 AM

Thanks for all the kind words guy. It would certainly be easier to write a check but I enjoy putting a little more heart into something I really believe in.

Karson – the panels came out to 3/4 of an inch thick with my veneer at 1/8”. You are correct, some is slip matched and some is book matched and some does not even come from the same board. I just put it together according to what ever suited my eye at the moment.

But I also had veneer cut it due to the fact I was really running tight on material and would not have had enough otherwise.

I also did not get as clean of a cut on the bandsaw and did not get quite as much veneer as I normally do. I found out the hard way that Olsen blades DO NOT cut as clean and true as a Timber Wolf blade. I don’t see myself ever buying them again.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#7 posted 06-25-2012 03:37 AM

Todd,

Have you ever tried The Wood Slicer from Highland Woodworking?

I have a couple… but have not tried them yet…
I understand that they are just plain SUPER!
GaryK. told me how he liked them… The cut surface is supposed to super… like a finished cut!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 06-25-2012 03:49 AM

Joe – No I have not bought them yet. I will have to give them a try. My TimberWolf blades certainly do not give a cut that clean and it is difficult to imagine a bandsaw producing a cut that clean, but I certainly aim to give them a try!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#9 posted 06-25-2012 04:10 AM

Todd: I tried the wood slicer and didn’t get very much life from the blade.

I used Timberwolf blades for my kitchen cabinets. I bought a 100’ coil from them and weld up my own. I’m using the 3/4” blade that is .025 across the band.

I’ve also had great cutting with Laguna carbide blades Resaw King but they are expensive and I’ve found the metal fatigue in the band is a problem. I sent one back for resharpening and they said that the blade was totally shot. They sent it back and they were correct. The blade would have shattered with much more use. At $200.00 a blade I think I’ll stick with the TimberWolf.

I’ve also used the resaw bandsaw at the door and window place where they donate wood for our toy making. The problem there is it only will cut 12” and the blade is 3” wide and cuts about .060 to .070 across the teeth So a lot of wood is wasted but with the power feed it sure is nice to use. I ran across a 2” thick piece of Curly Ambrosia with wain in the shop so I don’t know how many slices I’ll get, but I’ll shoot for 1/8” slices and glue it on a substrate when I use it.

They tend to cut their veneer about 5MM and sand to 3.5MM. They then glue it to window pieces and then sand everything again after it’s assembled to final thickness. A 52” wide sander is also a nice piece of equipment.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#10 posted 06-25-2012 04:31 AM

Beautiful quality and good of you and Mike to do this….................;-J

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo. jdelong264@msn.com

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#11 posted 06-25-2012 05:03 AM

Nice job for a good cause.

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

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#12 posted 06-25-2012 11:51 AM

Nice bookcase!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 06-25-2012 02:31 PM

what a beautiful job, having help to accomplish this had to be a great relief, this is a beauty for sure, and im sure the folks there in town are proud of you and all you do , look forward to a video from you when you get the time, im liking the look of the hiking boots Todd, before my back went bad i also wore a set of full leather boots..with red laces mind you…lol….i miss those days..but hey, your always ready for the trail…take care, good to see you again in action…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 06-25-2012 06:57 PM

Amazing book case, I like the wood combinatoins.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#15 posted 06-25-2012 06:59 PM

How did Mike cut that cove? With several router cuts? What kind of bit was used?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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