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Blog series by bearkatwood updated 03-02-2016 02:59 AM 9 parts 13017 reads 43 comments total

Part 1: The Year of the Book

10-20-2015 01:45 PM by bearkatwood | 1 comment »

The year of The BookThis year has been a good year of book buying for me. I have tried to expand my chair book selection and I think I just about got it. It started earlier this year with the wonderful book by Peter Galbert “The Chairmakers Notebook”. This is the best book on Woodworking let alone chairmaking I have ever read. Just recently I bought a few more that I feel are really worth the read. Chair: The current state of the art, with the who, the why, and the ...

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Part 2: Getting Things in Perspective

10-20-2015 02:03 PM by bearkatwood | 5 comments »

Drawing in Perspective You don’t have to be an artist to be a woodworker, but a good foundation in perspective drawing can come in very helpful. I have the fortunate history of many art classes to pull from and I am often asked by clients to draw up a design that I have proposed. Being able to draw a design that will eventually resemble the piece you plan to build can make the process easier. I am a firm believer that a woodworker should always keep a journal of design ideas near...

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Part 3: Mass Produce Your Wedges.

10-20-2015 09:52 PM by bearkatwood | 4 comments »

Wedges are very useful to have around. If you are using wedged tenon joinery they are a must. You can use them to fill a bad dovetail joint, hold an un-level chair from rocking while you mark out the leg to be cut, repair a bad tenon etc. When I make my wedges I try to make them is a mass scale so I don’t have to worry about running out in the middle of a glue up. I have had that happen, where I had to stop in the middle of a glue up and make a wedge, very annoying. So here are some pic...

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Part 4: Adjustable Bench Hook

10-26-2015 12:27 AM by bearkatwood | 7 comments »

Adjustable Bench Hook Bench hooks are a very nice addition to a workbench. Sometimes for carving a small piece, a bench hook can be a bit too deep. Using a woodtek router bit (bit #942858I 14” shank) had for making jigs I routed two slots in a bench hook and drilled some holes for the hardware to slip in. I had thought about using a T-track inlayed in the hook for the adjustment, but I thought ...

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Part 5: Don't get all bent out of shape

10-27-2015 02:02 AM by bearkatwood | 1 comment »

Sometimes in woodworking you need a shape that just won’t work because of short grain issues, stock availability, design concerns etc. It comes to a choice of steam bending or bent lamination. When choosing bent lamination there are some concerns to consider. The First consideration is the form you wish to use to use for the glue-up process. I normally hate MDF with a passion, but for this application it works well. I have used cdx and a/c plywood, solid wood, and phenolic plastic t...

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Part 6: Photo shoot

10-28-2015 01:13 AM by bearkatwood | 4 comments »

Being a woodworker without a brick and mortar studio to sell my junk I have to rely on portraying my goods on-line and that requires acceptable photos. I do sell my furnishings in local art galleries, but they take a big commission and don’t have a high turnover. I have sold through www.custommade.com for years and done very well, now I have gotten the all important word of mouth and don’t need to go looking for work anymore which is great, but I still need good pictures of my wo...

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Part 7: How Do You Measure up?

10-30-2015 01:01 AM by bearkatwood | 5 comments »

Recently there have been articles discussing tape measure maintenance, selection and how to use them in the shop. My opinion is to use them at the cutoff table for large crosscuts with a radial arm or chop saw, and leave them there. There should not be a dedicated place in your woodworking tool cabinet for a tape measure. The closest I would come would be a fabric tape to measure curved work. I worked in construction for a while and used a tape for everything, I just don’t see their pla...

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Part 8: Mind your own Beeswax

11-11-2015 03:05 AM by bearkatwood | 1 comment »

While I was in Portland I got to see the master class graduation at the Northwest School of Woodworking and all the beautiful work they had created. I had time to see Portland a bit and got to go to the famous Powell’s bookstore. I went to an apple festival in Estacada where I got to make my own apple cider. While there I was able to watch some carvers working on a large tree stump that was to become a totem of a kind and some little kids trying out some old woodworking. I saw an ...

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Part 9: My Magical Coast.

03-02-2016 02:59 AM by bearkatwood | 15 comments »

It is not often that I make it thru a day without realizing what an amazing place I am blessed to live in is. I know that sounds cheesy, but it is true. The Oregon Coast has a magical quality to it that I just can’t escape from. I tried, years back I took my family on a cross country tour of America just to see it all. We got out to West Virginia and got hooked on it’s beauty and history. We had been looking for a place to buy for years, but being so close to the number 1 golf cou...

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