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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Episode #82 - The Cabinetmaker's Triangle


Who are “Mr. Top” and “Mr. Bottom” or their infamous competitors “Mr. Left” and “Mr. Right” found lightly penciled in an inconspicuous place on a period piece of furniture? What about the equally important, however more rare, “Mr. Inside”? Are they long lost cabinetmakers of old? Actually, as you already know, these penciled notes are historic reminders of the importance of a good marking system when building furniture.

One of the most useful adjuncts to your layout tools is a good marking system. The key benefits to a good marking system are keeping your project parts organized and oriented from start to final fit and finish. Every woodworker develops a personal method to mark project parts. Central to any marking system is the cabinetmakers triangle keeping parts orientated top & bottom, left & right, and direction of outward facing surfaces.


Adrian C. van Draanen mentions in his Fine Woodworking article, Triangle Marking (FWW #8), that “The core of the idea is that the triangle is an isosceles triangle and it must point up, or away, from you, and each piece of wood must have two lines of the triangle on it.”

Philip Lowe’s marking system, documented in his Fine Woodworking article Keep Track of Your Progress with Squiggles and Lines (FWW #149). Philip’s system starts with stock preparation, the beginning of the building process, and ends with the final and most important mark . . . the maker’s mark or signature.

UPDATE (11-28-08)
This is a very cool idea of
Chris Gochnour's posted from Chuck:
"I had a class by Chris Gochnour and he also places different color cabinetmaker's triangle on the outside of each leg by using color pencils. That way at a quick glance you can tell where the leg belongs. A single color triangle actually covers both legs on each side. Another words, say you're using a light blue color triangle on the left side, it's bottom left side would be on the back leg and the and the right corner would be the on the front leg."

Layout Marking & Maker’s Signature References:

Triangle Marking: A simple and reliable system. By Adrian C. Van Draanen (FWW #8).

Marking System Keeps Track of Parts: Cabinetmaker's triangles ensure that the sides, back, and front of a dovetail assembly are properly oriented. By Chris Gochnour.

Keep Track of Your Progress with Squiggles and Lines: A simple marking system can show you your progress at a glance. By Philip C. Lowe (FWW #149).

What's Your Sign?: Readers, editors, contributors sign their work in distinctive ways. By Charlie Reina (FWW #193).

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Episode #81 - Wine Barrel Furniture Part II



Mike returned to my shop this afternoon to show off the final finish on his end table. Since the last episode, Mike has been working hard applying coats of Waterlox Original (tung oil based Sealer/Finish) and a final coat of Liberon Black Bison Fine Paste Wax.


I was fascinated with the woodburned logos on the barrel head that became the table top.


This oak barrel hails from the Tonnellerie Damy Copperage, a third generation cooperage in Meursault, France. Damy barrels receive the CTB (Centre Technique du Bois) stamp of approval guaranteeing wineries around the world that these barrels meet the highest standards of quality. Only 8 of the more than 40 cooperages in France have received CTB certification.


cooper (n.) - a craftsman who makes or repairs wooden barrels or tubs

Anatomy of a barrel:

During Mike's visit, I took the opportunity to get a few photos of the final project and it's proud owner. Awesome job Mike!


One of the greatest rewards for a woodworker is to share skills and shop space to benefit a friend. Mike, you are always welcome in my shop!



Thursday, November 20, 2008

Epidsode #80 - Wine Barrel Furniture Part I



The best laid plans always seem to go astray . . .


I had great plans approaching a block of time off from work. Lots to catch up on, including shop activities. I did get a couple of projects underway until I received a phone call from a friend and co-worker requesting some help with an end table built from parts of a wine barrel.

Mike using the Kreg Jig

Wine barrel furniture? I had never heard of this and thought it was intriguing. Next thing I knew we were building an end table from a picture he downloaded from the internet. The wood was wonderful white oak with a gentle aged patina and the faintest smell of red wine. Do a Google search for wine barrel furniture and you will be greeted with an amazing array of creativity all from the humble parts of recycled wine barrels. So, all in all it was a very pleasant distraction from my well laid plans and a lot of fun sharing shop time with a friend.


I had some audio problems with the video footage so I did my best to put together a representative concept of the process. I didn't approach the the day with the idea of shooting any video so I just set up the camera and let it run while I worked. Lesson learned . . . always put fresh batteries in the wireless microphone!

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Episode #79 - Woodworking in America 2008 - PART IV



The WIA 2008 Series with Neil Lamens on The Folding Rule
  1. Episode #79 • Woodworking in America 2008 - PART IV
  2. Episode #78 • Woodworking in America 2008 - PART III
  3. Episode #77 • Woodworking in America 2008 - PART II
  4. Episode #76 • Woodworking in America 2008 - PART I
UPDATE: Check out Neil's video post from The Woodworking in America 2008 Conference . . . you won't want to miss the "Frank Klausz story" or a hint of what might be coming from Lee valley!

Intrigue, controversy & camaraderie from The Woodworking in America 2008 Conference

This is the 4th and last part from our interview with Neil Lamens of Funitology Productions fame on his last day at The Woodworking in America Conference 2008. In this brief installment, Neil piques our interest with some intrigue at a Woodnet Forum dinner during the conference. He also shares a fun story rooted in the controversy of tails first or pins first. Last but not least, Neil got a chance to meet up with Matt Vanderlist from Matt's Basement Workshop and some of the other internet bloggers attending the conference.

The 2008 Woodworking in America Conference is sponsored by Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine.


Thanks Neil for a behind the scenes look at the first WIA Conference!


Didn’t get to go to the conference? Well check out these great blogs below for some additional WIA 2008 coverage!


Matt's Basement Workshop
  1. Matt's Report from Day #1
  2. Matt's WIA 2008 Schedule
The Village Carpenter
  1. Kari's WIA 2008 Report from Day#1
  2. Kari's WIA 2008 Schedule (check out Kari's card!)
Phillsville
  1. Philly's USA Report from Day #1
Woodworker's Resource
  1. Craig's WIA 2008 Interviews
Sandal Woods
  1. Al Prepares for Berea, Kentucky
Furnitude
  1. Mitch's Dovetail Session with Frank Klausz & Roy Underhill
Lumberjocks.com
  1. WIA 2008 Conference Coverage

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Episode #78 - Woodworking in America 2008 - PART III



The WIA 2008 Series with Neil Lamens on The Folding Rule
  1. Episode #79 • Woodworking in America 2008 - PART IV
  2. Episode #78 • Woodworking in America 2008 - PART III
  3. Episode #77 • Woodworking in America 2008 - PART II
  4. Episode #76 • Woodworking in America 2008 - PART I
"A good furniture man always has a tape!"

This is Part 3 from our interview with Neil Lamens of Funitology Productions fame from his first full day at Woodworking in America 2008. In this brief installment, Neil shares some additional thoughts about connections with fellow woodworkers and his trip into the town of Berea with woodworking friend Chuck Middleton. Do you have a tape in your pocket?

We have more to come from Neil and I am hoping he gets to run into Matt Vanderlist from Matt's Basement Workshop or some of the other internet bloggers attending the conference!


The 2008 Woodworking in America Conference is sponsored by Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine.


Stay tuned, there is more to come from Neil Lamens!

Didn't get to go to the conference? Well check out the great blogs below for some additional WIA 2008 coverage!


Matt's Basement Workshop
  1. Matt's Report from Day #1
  2. Matt's WIA 2008 Schedule
The Village Carpenter
  1. Kari's WIA 2008 Report from Day#1
  2. Kari's WIA 2008 Schedule (check out Kari's card!)
Phillsville
  1. Philly's USA Report from Day #1
Woodworker's Resource
  1. Craig's WIA 2008 Interviews
Sandal Woods
  1. Al Prepares for Berea, Kentucky
Furnitude
  1. Mitch's Dovetail Session with Frank Klausz & Roy Underhill
Lumberjocks.com
  1. WIA 2008 Conference Coverage

Episode #77 - Woodworking in America 2008 • PART II



The WIA 2008 Series with Neil Lamens on The Folding Rule

  1. Episode #79 • Woodworking in America 2008 - PART IV
  2. Episode #78 • Woodworking in America 2008 - PART III
  3. Episode #77 • Woodworking in America 2008 - PART II
  4. Episode #76 • Woodworking in America 2008 - PART I
This quick video is live from Neil Lamens of Funitology Productions fame from the first day at Woodworking in America 2008. In this installment, Neil share thoughts from the seminar with chair maker Brian Boggs and the awesome feeling of making connections with fellow woodworkers. Neil met up with internet woodworking friend Chuck Middleton.

What glue was Neil referring to from the chair making session with Brian Boggs? Hide glue of course! Don't forget to check out Patrick Edwards Old Brown Glue website and order a bottle for your shop!


The 2008 Woodworking in America Conference is sponsored by Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine.


Stay tuned, there is more to come from Neil Lamens!

Didn't get to go to the conference? Well check out the blogs below for some additional WIA 2008 coverage!

Matt's Basement Workshop
  1. Matt's Report from Day #1
  2. Matt's WIA 2008 Schedule
The Village Carpenter
  1. Kari's WIA 2008 Report from Day#1
  2. Kari's WIA 2008 Schedule (check out Kari's card!)
Phillsville
  1. Philly's USA Report from Day #1
Woodworker's Resource
  1. Craig's WIA 2008 Interviews
Sandal Woods
  1. Al Prepares for Berea, Kentucky
Furnitude
  1. Mitch's Dovetail Session with Frank Klausz & Roy Underhill
Lumberjocks.com
  1. WIA 2008 Conference Coverage

Friday, November 14, 2008

Episode #76 - Woodworking in America 2008 • PART I

A special treat for those of us unable to attend the 2008 Woodworking in America Conference sponsored by Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine.



This quick video is live from Neil Lamens of Funitology Productions fame on the first evening of the conference. During the conference check in Neil ran into Matt Vanderlist from Matt's Basement Workshop. Sounds like a great conference!

The WIA 2008 Series with Neil Lamens on The Folding Rule
  1. Episode #79 • Woodworking in America 2008 - PART IV
  2. Episode #78 • Woodworking in America 2008 - PART III
  3. Episode #77 • Woodworking in America 2008 - PART II
  4. Episode #76 • Woodworking in America 2008 - PART I

Monday, November 10, 2008

Episode #75 – Take Your Dovetails to the Next Level!

I have a confession to make. When I travel, a multi-CD case gets thrown in my shoulder bag. Rather than the in-flight movie, I often prefer watching my woodworking DVDs. Yes, I do get in ribbed from my wife & kids for watching "another woodworking DVD" or the inevitable "haven't you seen that one already?". Recently I have been watching (or should I say, re-watching!) the dovetailing series by Rob Cosman.

ROB'S AMAZING 4-MINUTE HAND CUT
CABINET GRADE DOVETAIL



Used with permission from Rob Cosman

Machine cut dovetails with a router jig are fast and strong. However, it won’t be long though before the woodworker will wonder about the mystery of hand cut dovetails. Most of us peer out over this slippery slope sooner or later. There is something very appealing about the fine fit and finish of hand cut dovetails. If you want your own personal instruction in the art of hand cut dovetails than Rob Cosman is your man.

Rob has the unique ability to teach at a fundamental and supportive level that gives you the confidence to bring your hand cut dovetails to the next level. His dovetailing series covers the nitty-gritty details about the mechanics of hand cutting dovetails from stock preparation to the final satisfying step of applying glue and tapping the joint home. Rob also delves into great detail about selection and tuning your kit of dovetailing tools.


Fear not, Rob isn’t satisfied with just producing a great dovetailing DVD series. He also has an excellent Dovetailing Shop Manual to accompany the series. The shop manual is the perfect bench top companion to the dovetailing series. This spiral bound manual lies flat on your bench. The best part of the manual is the troubleshooting section, which provides some additional in-depth recommendations for the inevitable mistake.



Interested in Rob’s dovetail marker, marking gauge, fret saw or mallet? Then check out Rob’s Specialty Tool Section on his website.



A RAPID GUIDE TO ROB'S WEBSITE

Rob’s Hand Tool DVD Library


Rob’s Shop Manual


Rob’s Specialty Tool & Jig Section


Rob’s Workshop Schedule


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