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About sjeff70

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    Period furniture reproductions.

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  1. I thought it might be easier/more efficient because I could use the jointer and make quicker work of it, like in Cremona's video above. Thanks for the input all, I just wanted to verify what I was seeing because it looked like no one else was doing it.
  2. I was looking through youtube videos over the weekend and came across only a few videos where a large log was quartered in the field. When you search with the word, 'quartered' it wants to bring up 'quarter sawn' but I don't know what else to call it. But anyway, in both videos they used the Alaskan sawmill. If one were inclined to quarter a 17" diameter log, 3 feet long, in the field it would make things more manageable bringing quarters to the shop. I came across a surprising number of woodworkers happy to plain sawn logs in the shop. I understand the desire to slab but only a few attempted patterns on too small a log in the shop. I know it's tough on the bandsaw but I found no videos where someone quartered a log in the field and then milled one of the quarters on their bandsaw.
  3. Did you used to be a math teacher Coop? Do you know what the diameter of a log would be if it had a 16" circumference? D=C/PI D=16/3.14 D=5.1"
  4. The log would have to be 16" around if you wanted to get a project out of it. You'd get (4) 8" boards and then the stock gets narrower and narrower from there. A log 16" around at 2 feet long would be too heavy to handle and the length too short.
  5. How big around did you go and what grain patterns did you shoot for. Are logs worth buying?
  6. In this Matt Cremona video he takes a short log and mills boards into different grain patterns using a jointer and bandsaw. What interests me is that he uses the jointer to get 2 sides flat where others use a common practice of attaching a log to a sled before running it through the bandsaw. Matt doesn't waste his time doing that though. He installs a high fence on the bandsaw and runs one of the jointed faces along it - simple. I love this approach. My question is what's the maximum length of log one can use, using this method. His log is pretty short in length. I suppose a length that wouldn't be too heavy for the jointer and bandsaw and one you could safely move around without straining yourself? Go to the 4 minute mark:
  7. You hit on something. It's not so much the style but the maker. The desk is extraordinary but they also made a mean, tall grandfather clock.
  8. That's what's great about period furniture, it doesn't date.
  9. Been debating that one too for a while. I'm trying to go without one by going with a pair of ottomans instead... or a large drum table would be nice, sometimes called a center table. Wouldn't go over 24" high. There was one just like the one posted in a 3rd season episode of 'Better Call Saul'.
  10. A friend of mine's dad is a retired electrician. He buys new homes and walks through them as they're being built. Makes notes on obvious discrepancies that he can verify against the contract/plans. Then he sues the building company upon walk-through/completion. If it's not using correct (or upgraded) materials or using building shortcuts it's something else. He enjoys it and makes a lot of money doing it.
  11. I'd love a house full of federal period reproductions; that's my sole interest for woodworking.
  12. I like books which over time drew me to my favorite periods and cabinet makers. You get so much from books. Go to and search 'period furniture measured drawings' or something to that effect. Buy used and get deep discounts. I know there's a Pennsylvania Dutch Chest in Bill Hylton's, 'Chest of Drawers'. There's also a few in Lang's, 'Furniture in the Southern Style'.
  13. Thanks G. Funny how PBS determines who gets what and when. Here in St. Louis we are up to date on Woodsmith Shop.
  14. I caught the first show of season 1 last Sunday. Caught me by total surprise, it's sponsored by Fine Woodworking. I'm looking forward to more of this. I also caught the new Woodsmith Shop which aired right before Classic Woodworking. It's a new format now with all new staff. They brought back one guy but turned the rest of the staff over. I think it's Christ Fitch but it's difficult to tell since there's little information available, my patience wears thin when I can't find something that should be so simple to find via Google. You go to Chris Fitch's little blog site and there's no pic of him anywhere so it's anyone's guess who these people are.