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  1. Cherry Bookcase

    A friend of mine asked me to make a bookcase for her grandchildren. One of the constraints I had was that she needed it done in 2-1/2 days! Another special consideration was that she wanted the boys to be involved in the construction of it and they live 500 miles away from me. So, I had to...
  2. Slab Coffee Table with Carved/Copper Tree Trunk Base

    A few months ago I made this slab coffee table for a friend of mine. I wanted to do something special for the base and I decided to build a carved, sculpted, and textured base. I wanted it to look kind of sort of like a tree trunk. I say sort of because I was more focused on creating a "cool"...
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    What an Amazing Event! Four friends and I drove down from Minneapolis to Cedar Rapids for the 2015 Handworks Event. I was quite pleasantly surprised by how good it was. We were only there on Friday, but it went on for the whole weekend. Wow, where to start! Lots of vendors, Lots and Lots...
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    Andy Klein is at it again! Andy Klein invented a new kind of woodworking clamp. He modified a regular parallel clamp so that it can be used as both a regular parallel clamp for day to day clamping tasks AND it can also be used as a panel clamp when you want to glue up a panel. The way I got...
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    Constructing the Carved Tree Trunk Base Get your own valid XHTML YouTube embed code I am having a lot of trouble getting the video to look right in this blog! It looks wrong here and if you click full screen it looks even worse! If you REALLY want to watch it then it is best to click...
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    Pen Blank Perfectionist - Zac Higgins Interview View on YouTube We moved around a lot when I was a kid. Born in Chicago, and lived in Missouri, Reno, Denver, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis. Within those locations we sometimes moved between multiple addresses. I always say that I grew up in...
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    Temporary Metal Vise for Woodshop View on YouTube I have a very nice woodworking workbench. My bench is adjustable height, has a built in mobile base, bench dogs, a twin screw vise on one end and a quick acting face vise on the other end. It is a fantastic bench for woodworking, which is...
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    David Marks Turns a 400 Pound Hollow Vessel! View on YouTube I met with David Marks while he was still in the early stages of his greatest woodturning project (yet!). He showed my the specialized lathe tools he uses for very large hollow vessel turnings and some of his woodturning tricks...
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    GREAT!! http://www.youtube.com/v//ScoH6VOcsTc&showsearch=0&fs=1&rel=0&autoplay=0 View on YouTube I had an amazing time at Woodworking in America. This was my first time there and I wasn't 100% sure what to expect. As always, one of my biggest concerns was meeting and hanging out with new...
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    Cherry Bookshelf View on YouTube Click to watch video on YouTube A friend of mine saw a bookcase in a woodworking magazine. She knows all about my workbench and my woodworking YouTube videos so she knew that this would be an easy project for me. So, she asked me to make one for her...
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    Lots of tension in my mahogany! http://www.youtube.com/v//blU7dECALUM&showsearch=0&fs=1&rel=0&autoplay=0&ap=%2526fmt%3D18 View on YouTube Recently I was ripping a piece of mahogany on my table saw and there was so much tension in the board that I couldn't complete the cut. In fact, it was...
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