Wood Art #11: Making a Jarvi Bench, with Mike Jarvi

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 09-13-2010 12:50 PM 16008 reads 8 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A friend sent this to me, and it is simply a joy to watch. I didn’t even realize it was almost 16 minutes long! It’s a lot of fun, and for me, it had a lot of “Now what on earth is he doing here?” moments that were followed up by “Oh! Brilliant!” resolutions. I like that in my process videos :) This guy has some serious tools and space, relative to me, and works magics with a Wood-Mizer bandmill. I have most of that stuff in half or quarter the scale (but no bandmill), and probably more like 1/10th for the workspace. Alas… Maybe I can make a doll house version.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 09-13-2010 01:41 PM

That was awesome.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#2 posted 09-13-2010 02:10 PM

How cool is that …. and I did not mind the nearly 16 minutes either… love it… thank you so much for sharing this…would love to meet the man and shake his hand…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 09-13-2010 02:18 PM


-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#4 posted 09-13-2010 02:50 PM

Thanks for sharing that Gary—that was awesome!

It might even help me convince my book keeper (wife) that we need a Wood-Mizer :-)

-- -Michael ( ) Groton, MA

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#5 posted 09-13-2010 03:20 PM

that was a cool video thanks for sharing.

-- Paul "Riz" Erie, PA "Share your wisdom, it is the way to achieve immortality"

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#6 posted 09-13-2010 03:50 PM

Very cool process, thanks for the post!

one word though – dust collection! the amount of dust in the air in the video (although adding a sweet effect) made me cough several times ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 09-13-2010 05:07 PM

awesome, that guy was really good. Also what a great shop!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#8 posted 09-13-2010 05:12 PM

Oh wow, this video is that cool. i had to bookmark it and watch it again a few times.
This man knows exactly what he does and its a pleasure to watch him, especially because the cut of the video is amazing.
Thank you for sharing!

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#9 posted 09-13-2010 05:35 PM

What a great video, I have a lt 15 also and it gave me some great ideas. Thanks!

-- Happiness is being covered in sawdust

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#10 posted 09-13-2010 11:50 PM


-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#11 posted 09-14-2010 01:00 AM

Great to watch. I was reading some research into muscle memory and how it plays into woodworking (I was curious as to woodworkers that can do some projects completely by sight – with very little measuring…and get the cuts/joints…etc perfectly square. My grandfather was one with very accurate muscle memory – and he could adapt this to new situations very quickly. Not to mention that he used hand tools almost exclusively.

This guy has it down to a Tee….If it was me in there…I’d be bumbling around for the parts….losing my tape measure…remeasuring over and over – and alot of cursing…some mistakes…some more cursing….then maybe getting on to the next steps…LOL…..

The research indicates that we can train our bodies to do repetitive tasks quite well (with a high level of accuracy)...and through occassional retraining…this memory can be retained for an extraodinary length of time…of course this means you must practice and practice to get the base memory (and of course the time required changes with age, diet and other factors) – anyway it was an interesting read.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#12 posted 09-14-2010 01:09 AM

Amazing, I wish that I just had a Fraction of his talent.

-- RJ

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#13 posted 09-14-2010 02:18 AM

Nice video Gary; I always wondered how he did those. I’m still curious about how he keeps is bicycle from getting stolen? :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 09-14-2010 03:27 AM

Man that guy is the real deal, thanks for sharing.

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#15 posted 09-14-2010 04:22 AM

good one

-- Paul , Calfornia

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