This is a trick that many, if not most of you, already know. But it’s a good one and bears repeating. Quite recently I read this: “but I am still working on trying to make a box with no start and no finish and thus far have only...
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Location: Toronto Ontario
I've made my living as a cabinetmaker for some 38 years now, inhaled a lot of MDF dust and suffered a slew of ill tempered foremen and bosses, but also made quite a few good things for people and had some pleasant and exciting times doing what I love to do. In a good shop now.
My father was a pretty good amateur woodworker when he had time (six kids), he taught me things and left me his machines and tools and the skill in my hands. I'm showing my young daughter(11) a few moves now; she has built six small projects so far. She is also the main focus of what I do after work, which is, just playing around and reading with her and then more woodworking. I like furniture and wood games mostly as well as kites.
While most of the commercial and residential projects we make at work are rather generic, i.e. boring, I'll sometimes post the occasional one that is extra ordinary and that I have made exclusively. These are shown to display unusual design (not mine), innovative use of materials or simply what you can do with pots and pots of money. You may find some inspiration in them or merely want to see what you can do with pots.
Before posting this I have browsed through hundreds and hundreds (14760 so far) of your past projects and noticed skill levels from the very rough beginner to some that are much more accomplished than myself. When I show my work and make my comments I'll try to keep both in mind. I knew nothing when I started.
Oh , and one other thing; I hold no truck with dovetails, ugly little things.
After reviewing the recent gun threads I have blocked 60 or so LJ's who seem to love guns more than they love life itself. They can look at my stuff but I'm not interested in anything they have to say.
-- firstname.lastname@example.org : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.
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Occasionally at our shop we have a need to build a project with dissimilar adjacent finishes. It may be only a different stain colour but at other times it’s a radical shift in the look (eg. paint vs clear-coat).. . . This has a...
Two. A toddler, a babe in the woods. By choice I had a much lighter year this time out, ups and downs notwithstanding, I even think I posted more reviews than builds. One consumed half a year though plus a long second. And also to my everlasti...
This is the first in a small series of items and techniques that I have developed to aid my daily work. Some will be very much aimed at those doing commercial work, others may find a place in any regular enthusiast’s shop... First up is a...
A trivial piece in a way, an often unseen piece, even by me, one of my favourites. When the routine sheet goods come in the back door, usually unloaded piece by piece, every grain pattern of every piece is admired or at the very least registere...