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A Strategy for Woodworking #31: Slow Furniture Movement

10-20-2014 02:38 PM by Gary Rogowski | 4 comments »

Why not a slow furniture movement? An early aphorism I placed in our literature was a quote from John Ruskin: “When we build, let us think that we build forever.” This is a sentiment I am fully in support of particularly these days when you see a “modern” building go up and 5 years later, they’re replacing the siding on it. There’s quality today for you. But one of my Mastery students quoted Ruskin in a different way that I think is equally valid. Perhaps you’ll agree: When we bui...

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A Strategy for Woodworking #48: My Transmutable Bench

04-27-2015 03:26 PM by Gary Rogowski | 4 comments »

In the middle of a storm, commonplace things change. My bench for instance. When building a piece for a deadline, my recognizable bench becomes a place of chaos, a haven for every tool, every piece of scrap wood, for every note and drawing, dull tool, and a ready to hand assortment of screws and sandpaper, most of which I will not use. A place for everyone and everything. Emptying it will take days. It becomes not just a symbol of my own tumult. It is a signal of the state of my mind. Seemi...

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A Strategy for Woodworking #32: Finishing up

10-25-2014 05:12 PM by Gary Rogowski | 4 comments »

There is no better feeling in the world than wrapping up a project. Saying to yourself: Enough. They’re done. I can do no better than this. Go out into the world and hold people up. Feels good. The Northwest Woodworking Studio

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Trestle Table #10: Tested Plunge Router JIG

09-16-2016 03:39 AM by HappyHowie | 4 comments »

I finally tested the plunge router mortising JIGs I made yesterday. I will need much more experience in using the router to make mortises. I used my digital caliper to measure the depths I was getting. For some reason the depth settings was not reliable, as yet. Went I route my mortises in the trestle table’s leg assemblies I will check the depths I have cut with the calipers. I am still not decided whether I will square the routed mortises or round the tenons.

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Trestle Table #47: Added Second Coat of Danish Oil

11-30-2016 05:56 AM by HappyHowie | 4 comments »

I like how the cherry hardwood is reacting to the coats of Danish Oil I have applied on top of the three coats of Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO). I will check tomorrow if this table needs a fourth coat of Danish Oil. So far what I have applied looks great. If anything else is required it will be a good buffing of Briwax furniture wax.

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A Strategy for Woodworking #25: Agreement

09-12-2014 02:21 PM by Gary Rogowski | 4 comments »

You may have noticed. Woodworkers are almost always right in their opinion of things. Hard to find one who doesn’t completely agree with his last statement. Most of them are confident in their ability to be right. Almost all of the time too. Therefore I have come up with two axioms about woodworkers that I know to be true. I am also a woodworker so this must be right. These two things are the only things that woodworkers can agree upon. Number One: Wood moves. Now that do...

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A Strategy for Woodworking #45: Expectations

03-02-2015 03:42 PM by Gary Rogowski | 3 comments »

Expectations. We all have them when we walk into the shop. Ah yes, I have come to spend a pleasant relaxing day at the bench undisturbed, unperturbed. Then you begin work. Things can go wrong. Jigs don’t work, parts mis-align as the glue holds fast in the wrong spot, wood tears out, screw heads break off, and finishes blotch. Lest it be misunderstood that I am somehow above the fray here, that nothing ever goes wrong for me, that I am the calm sea in the eye of every storm at my bench, ...

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Trestle Table #28: Angled Mortise Cut in Thru Tenon

10-31-2016 03:25 AM by HappyHowie | 3 comments »

Today I setup my 8 degree sled up on my drill press so I could drill small 1/4 inch holes in order to make the mortises in which the wedges will hold the legs tightly together. I clamped the stretcher to the sled and then aligned the mortise hole under the drill bit. Then I clamped everything down tightly. The mortise will be made where the XXXs mark the spot. You can notice the 8 degree angle marked on the sides of the tenon for the mortise. Since my drill bit was not very long I had ...

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A Strategy for Woodworking #47: Worth Doing Well

04-20-2015 04:51 PM by Gary Rogowski | 3 comments »

I heard a poet speak last night about doing good work. I was immediately intrigued by the parallels to our work at the bench. He said that doing it was worth it because it was hard. It was hard to do good work. Nothing good comes easy. If you’ve ever tried to write you know how hard good can be. The same thing is true for our work at the bench. It’s easy to drop your standards. Here’s a note from a maker struggling with this issue: Recently I watched the video featuring you and your bel...

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A Strategy for Woodworking #27: Prodigies

09-25-2014 03:08 PM by Gary Rogowski | 3 comments »

Forget the 1 in a million prodigies. The rest of us strive every day just to be good. Forgive yourself your humanity & get on with your work. There’s so much to accomplish within ourselves in the process of building. This is the important work. As my old friend Bogy said to me years ago, “You don’t make the work. The work makes you.” The Northwest Woodworking Studio John Merrill, Resident Mastery Program, Graduate 2014

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