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    Design and build handcrafted fine furniture
  1. It's a Lost Art Press book: https://lostartpress.com/products/by-hand-eye-1
  2. So, I've had the HF DC for like 15 years and mine has gone through several "modifications", but I can tell you the three best things I did were to 1) add a pleated filter, which you did 2) Add a Super Dest Deputy 3) Swap out the impeller. Rikon makes a 12" impeller that is a direct replacement. When I did this, I also cut my inlet hole bigger, to 6" (so I guess that's 4 things). It is a totally different machine now. I run it to my SupMax 19/38 drum sander, 15" planer and 12" joiner and leave all the blast gates open.
  3. I've been reading through "By Hand and Eye" and I am curious as to how many of you actually design using proportions?
  4. Walnut and maple. I also do a lot with walnut and ambrosia maple. https://www.vanvleetwoodworking.com/gallery
  5. I just read "The Cabinet Maker's Notebook" cover to cover in a couple of days and well, I'm going to have to read it again with a highlighter or a notepad. So many great nuggets of, not only woodworking, but running a business and working with clients. It's funny because it is a bit of a retrospective book, of some of his times before he was so famous. It's important because he was telling customers "no" before he could really afford to because he believed in his own work. Such a valuable lesson to be reminded of over and over.
  6. I too started with the Shaker style, for the same reasons you mentioned, clean lines, fairly easy to build, etc. I do 99.9% custom work now for clients and had some requests for MCM and I have to say, the more I built it, the more I liked it. I've done a handful of pieces, some with more Danish influence, and I can see the appeal to it. I still like to do, what I call, "Modern Shaker" which is mostly Shaker, but with a twist. Such as combining different woods, maybe adding some curves to the legs (instead of tapers) or subtle curves to the aprons on tables. Still clean lines, but more subtle details that you have to really look at to notice sometimes.
  7. Oh man! I have one in the box (closed stand) waiting for me in the shop to assemble. I can't wait to fire it up!
  8. Think of workflow. Wood comes in, gets stored. Wood then gets processed/milled (joiner and planer). Wood then gets final dimensioned and ready for joinery (table saw and bench). Project gets assembled (clamps) final sanding (workbench?) and finished. Then, the piece goes out. On top of that, you want to have adequate dust collection throughout. As others have stated, tools like the Grizzly shop planner are a good starting point, but you really wont know what you need until you get things in there and start building. Most of my stuff is on wheels because I've changed the layout 3 times in a year already.
  9. Some do, but the ones I'm curious about do not; they are fully assembled.
  10. I'm curious to hear from those that have a web store front, either Etsy or something else, how you handle shipping on larger items such as tables, chests, etc. I've seen some sellers on Etsy that are selling larger items and able to ship in the $150 range, which is less than half of quotes I've gotten. So, I'd like to hear from folks with some consistent experience here. Thanks!
  11. This topic is so good. All this "rustic crap" drives me crazy as well because, like others have stated, you can go to a big box store, grab construction wood, get you a pocket hole jig, crappy stain and go to town. I met with a local retail shop owner here, in order to get some of my stuff in the store, and said "all anyone wants anymore is cheap painted furniture". I live in midtown Atlanta, which is not a cheap area, as a rule, so I was really surprised by that comment. I've also read stories where Millennials are selling their family antique furniture! I couldn't believe it, but if you analyze it, it makes some sense. Millennials are very transient, not tied down and most do not own a house (can't afford a house actually). Anyways, as other have stated, I'm ready for this trend to be over.