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A Fair in the Park (or Kalimba Madness with Turners Anonymous)

October 1, 2019

The weekend of September 6th, 7th, and 8th brought the annual Fair in the Park in Pittsburgh. For anyone unfamiliar with this event, it’s a three day arts fair put on by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh. The event features artists working in ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, jewelry, leather, and wood. Every year, the western Pennsylvania chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, Turners Anonymous, has a booth, not to sell, but to show work from members and demonstrate. With…

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Boarded Bookcase

July 7, 2019
Boarded Bookcase with Top

Just a brief update. I have a number of projects in the works, including a new dining room table, a pair of Roorkhee chairs, a side table, and some boxes. Add to that some updates in the workshop, including adding electricity, installing my mobile cabinets in a more permanent position, and adding a lumber rack, and it’s been a busy few months. I completed this bookcase a few months ago. Like the earlier bookcase that I posted, this is based…

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2018 Year in Review

December 30, 2018

This has been a busy year. I was able to complete some large and small projects, but the process of buying a house got in the way of doing production work to prepare merchandise for a proper booth and show. So what did I get to accomplish during the past year? New Workbench Most of the early part of the year was spent planning and building a proper workbench. I documented this build extensively. The bench has been a solid…

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Moving Shop

November 18, 2018

I have been working out of my current garage for about five years.  The space has converted from a shared garage to a full fledged wood shop during that period.  After completing the new workbench and adding proper lumber storage, the shop was finally set up in an open and efficient manner. Then, we went and bought a house.  The process happened very fast, and we were careful to make sure there would be a space for a new wood…

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Shaker Chess Table Shop Notes

Processing Stock for the Chess Table

November 5, 2017

I spent today getting a bicep and tricep workout in the garage.  I had seven cherry boards to flatten, each about 7 inches wide and 36 inches long.  Several of the boards had substantial twist to them and all of them had some cupping and bowing. Making this process even harder is the lack of a good workholding solution on my bench for working faces.  I settled on a 3-point plan of holding boards.  Two screws at the lefthand side…

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