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  1. I spent roughly 10 days working on the marquetry. The marquetry progress photos in the article were taken at the end of each day.
  2. I built this custom sideboard a little while ago, but had never written about building it on my Furniture Blog before. If you're interested in seeing how I went about cutting a large marquetry panel check out the link above. There are lots of process pictures.
  3. Here's a custom curly walnut extension table that I built for a client in Santa Fe a few months ago. There were some interesting techniques involved in building this piece so I decided to write an article about how I went about it on my Furniture Blog.
  4. Good question. I imagine that I bought it from Woodworkers Supply. It's probably a Woodtek. I've had it for several years but since it's solid carbide it still gives a nice cut.
  5. I recently built a small dining table for my girlfriends new place. I didn't have much time and I wanted to make it out of materials on hand so I blasted it out one morning using some alder I had laying around. Sometimes it's cathartic to JUST DO IT! I wrote a short article about it on my Furniture Blog that you can check out if you're interested.
  6. This credenza is the companion piece to the desk that I posted a little while ago. I wrote an article about how I built it on my Furniture Blog if you want to check it out.
  7. A few months ago I got a job making and inlaying some parquetry into a handful of thresholds on a project. That got me inspired to play around with the same pattern on some furniture. It's a pretty interesting process so I decided to write an article about it. There are lots of pictures and a description of how I went about it on my Furniture Blog if you're interested in taking a peek.
  8. I got a nice little gig a few months ago. The client wanted to spruce up some of the thresholds in his place but didn't know exactly what he wanted . He just wanted it to be nice. I proposed a parquetry inlay and he thought it was pretty cool. The process was kind of intricate and challenging so I wrote an article about it on my Furniture Blog. Check it out if you're interested.
  9. A client of mine had a small side table from India or Morocco that he liked and he asked me to build his wife a desk to match it. It was a pretty interesting piece with lots of carving, an iron grille under the glass top and big turned legs. It was a really fun project and I decided to write an article about how I went about building it on my Furniture Blog.
  10. I built a Six Hour Canoe once. It isn't technically stitch & glue, but it's almost like that. It is quick. Strip building is really utilitarian although I'll admit you could throw a boat together pretty fast with S&G. Faster than strip building. What ever floats your boat, as they say. It's all fun.
  11. I definitely carry it up on rocky beaches, but I keep in mind the words of the guy I bought my first set of boat plans from. I had called him around the time I was spraying on my last coat of varnish and he said "great, now the last thing you need to do is get yourself a 16d nail and go at the bottom with it! Ya just gotta get over that." I use the boat and it gets some scratches. I've never had someone come up to me and say 'nice boat, too bad about the scratches'. I used 8' strips for the boat, but I was careful to keep strips from the same plank together so that I had a nice color match at the butt joints. You can see the joints if you really look for them, but if you just look at the boat you never see them. As for the cove and bead, I made a little jig with 2 routers on it (one with the coving bitt and the other with the bead). They were offset by the width of the strip. Then I stuffed the strips through the jig and it did both sides at once. Worked pretty slick.
  12. I got a serious hankering to build another canoe over the winter. Since I already have a wood tandem boat that I made some years back I decided to build a solo canoe this time. The design is the Northwest Passage Solo and it's 15' long. Instead of the usual western red cedar, I built this one out of basswood. I wrote an article about how I built the boat on my Furniture Blog if you want to check it out.
  13. On tables like that I've had good luck cutting dado's the thickness of the shelf on the inside corner of the legs (on a 45* angle to the face), nipping the corners off the shelf and then just trapping the shelf in when I glue up. This leaves you with a little bit of "give" for wood movement on the shelf. It's pretty low tech but it works great.
  14. My experience with wenge is that it is quite nasty to work with. It fights back. Wear gloves because you will get splinters and they will get infected the same day. Be sure to use good dust extraction and wear a good dust mask. The wenge dust is really bad stuff. Expect a sore throat at the least and maybe a bronchial infection. It was the Latest Hot Thing with the decorators a few years ago, so I ended up making a handful of pieces out of it. I avoid it now if I can. It's good looking stuff, just not that much fun to work.
  15. Thanks Dan. That was a fun project.