There is more here than meets the eye

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Review by Ken Fitzpatrick posted 03-28-2013 01:19 PM 3664 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve always admired Chris Schwartz so when his new DVD came out I ordered it. I have never built anything exclusively with hand tools. Could be laziness or not enough confidence it would be worth my efforts. When I started watching the DVD, little subtleties crept in that really didn’t make any difference whether you were building with hand tools or “the new technology”.

Those subtleties have certainly added to my knowledge on how to choose, lay out and and just plain “see” the process in a different light. Stock selection for legs that look good on all sides is one that comes immediately to mind. Over the years I’ve seen many ways to make legs look great, all involving cutting and gluing. Now here’s a way to just pick the right stock in the first place making all the other efforts unnecessary. Watching Chris go through the process of building this table I tried to watch with the mindset that it was being done just like the Shaker’s did well over 100 years ago.

I have always been intrigued by anything Shaker. I started building Shaker boxes about eight years ago and have built several clocks and tables all with power tools. This video has inspired me to give a hand tool build a try. I know I will never become a hand tool user exclusively, but maybe just maybe it will build my confidence that I too can build the way our ancestors did.

The video is extremely well done and the disk includes a Sketchup file that will be a great help. I find this ironic since a computer is needed for a hand build, but I know the Shaker’s would be ok with that.

Thanks for reading and I hope this gives you help in deciding whether to purchase or not.


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#1 posted 03-28-2013 01:27 PM

It sounds like it’s a good DVD, Ken. Thanks. Chris has a lot of talent.

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#2 posted 03-29-2013 03:11 AM

Chris Schwarz is one of my all time favorites. Met him at the W.Springfield Woodworking Show several years ago.
I see him a lot on The Woodwright’s Shop as well. Always something interesting and he has a great time showing us what he knows and making it simple enough for all to follow . Thanks for the review , Ken : )

ps: Did you get to the show in NY ?

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#3 posted 04-10-2013 03:58 AM

I have little interest in building another Shaker table but you make the DVD sound appealing. Good review.

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#4 posted 04-10-2013 04:44 AM

Thanks for the review.


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#5 posted 04-10-2013 10:40 AM

Dusty…yes the show was great! Not as many entries but those entered were outstanding.

Rick… Know what you mean, that’s the way I felt but it got me revved up to give it a try.

Thanks for the rest of the comments.


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