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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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Arts and Crafts Plant Stand

September 18, 2019

This project started based on a request for a small stand to hold a vase. I initially started to consider building a small Shaker-style side table. However, I had a few pieces of red oak in my lumber rack which were calling out to build something in the Arts and Crafts style. The Design The plan for the stand involved sides would taper in width from bottom top. I had initially considered using straight sides with tapers. However, working with…

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Design Projects

A New Workbench

July 1, 2018

Apologies in advance as this will be a photo-heavy post. My First Workbench Since moving into our current house about five years ago, I have been working on a small workbench built out of 2x4s and OSB.  The work surface measured 4 feet by 30 inches.  It also had four casters fixed to the feet. This had started out as a general workbench, not something woodworking focused. Eventually, I lopped off the pegboard back and added a face vise.  This…

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Design Projects

Growler Tote

January 21, 2018

As mentioned in an earlier post, it was suggested to me that I should build a carrier for beer growlers. That design, incorporating a number of different curves, proved to be a time suck in the shop.  I may return to it later, after having made proper templates for routing the various curved parts.  However, I wanted to simplify the project to make it easier to run a batch of ten to twenty at a time for sale. A few…

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Shaker Chess Table Shop Notes Turning

Shop Notes – 2017-10-20

October 20, 2017

Turning I brought a fir 4×4 down to round this morning.  I need to sit and sketch out the pattern that I’d like for it, including taking measurements from the article I am working from to lay out for the top tenon and the bottom sliding dovetails. The blank was roughed out with a 1″ spindle roughing gouge.  I then decided to get some practice with the skew chisel.  Taking a 1″ skew to it, I immediately had a catch…

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