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  1. Just finished this weekend. I was unable to do a Guild build of the chest of drawers at the time. My wife wanted to replace her storage bin in the bathroom so I made a small version of the chest. Made from white pine, stained with golden pecan and topeed with several coats of satin wiping varnish. I made it to match the magazine rack I made my wife a few years back. I used through dovetails on the corners and Half blind dovetails on the drawers. Not hand cut mind you, I'm not quite there yet but I used my dovetail jig. More pictures at:
  2. Roger, I thoroughly enjoyed your live turning demo last night. A lot of what you did was similar to how I turn but I learned a lot of new tips. When I cut my blanks on the bandsaw I don't use templates but I made a circle cutting jig that works great. You can see me use it here: You described other turners hollowing the inside of the bowl by doing a series of short grooves. I did it that way for awhile. Even when I finally picked up a bowl gouge it took awhile to get the grind just right. Once I found that sweet spot, I was sending long curly shavings all over the shop. It was better that getting that hand plane to take long thin shavings. I have been working the fresh blank from the outside but I want to start using the bowl gouge and starting from the bark end like you did on the video. I haven't had good results with it so far, need more practice. For drying I use a can of cheap paste wax coated on but not shined and then a paper bag. I have very good results with this. You mentioned about not making the tenon the max size of the jaws. I turned a green bowl one time and set it up to dry. No cracking but I did have serious warpage. The tenon had turned into an oval and would no longer fit the chuck. I wound up using a door knob hole saw to cut a new circle and then chiseled around that. Keep up the great work, looking forward to more videos. Bill Akins (Billboard)
  3. I had a similar situation one day. I have a dewalt halogen shop light on a tripod next to my lathe. I smelled smoke one day and realized it was full of shaving. Fortunatley no fire but it did make me think.
  4. I agree exactly with wentpostal. Bandsaw first, roughing from the side is OK but never from the end. That what a bowl gouge is for.
  5. I plan to make a few of those stands that hold a picture frame, plate or plaque on a table. I will probably turn a few more pens and also turn a few bracelets. All simple and go over well.
  6. Something has been bothering me about the origianal design and now I know what it is. Adirondack chairs generally have many narrow back slats. By splitting the huge center one it looks a whole lot better. For the build I went with the traditional style chair because I wanted it to match the ones I already have. Also too much Greene and Greene made the chair look too fancy to set out on the deck. I really like what you did with this project. Great job.
  7. I enjoy Marc's humor as well. All of the above comments and I also like the skits he throws in, even Nicole jumps in every now and then. I find myself looking for bloopers at the end of the videos, they are a hoot. Keep up the great work Marc, don't change your style.
  8. Turning blank $20. New bowl gouge $40. 4 year old with a plastic visor over his face, priceless. Great story, thanks for sharing.
  9. I used Home Depot pine as well. I had one of those days awhile back. I wanted to film from a log to a bowl. I tripped the breaker 3 times cutting the bowl blank. I broke a tool on the lathe and then the bowl itself exploded right at the end. I called it quits, watched the tape and then deleted it.
  10. Right after I started my wood working hobby about 5 years ago, my father went to a craft show and watched a guy turn a bowl. He called me and said he picked up a cheap lathe and wanted me to get the info on what we needed. I researched the matter, we picked up a chuck and watched a ton of you tube videos and we both started turning. I soon bought my own lathe and have been turning wver since. I have made a lot of bowls and recently pens. I want to try table legs soon.
  11. For the past several episodes Gibbs has been wood carving in his basement but it never really showed you what he was doing. At the end of the season finale last night they buried his friend Mike Franks. It was a wooden coffin with all the carvings that Gibbs had been working on. I don't know if he made theentire coffin or not or just the trim work. Really cool.
  12. I made us a set of adirondack chairs and a table a few years ago. Over the winter I had in mind to make a double-seater adirondack seat to match what I have along with another table. I was so glad the next Guild Build was an Adirondack chair. I started a couple of weeks ago. I would love to do the Greene and Greene style, but I am using my original pattern. I am so glad I made templates on my first set. The design is a simple one free from the internet but we have received several years of enjoyment from them. My last set was made from southern yellow pine with a varnish finish but had become quite weathered so my wife painted them blue. This project will be painted to match. I still have to install the seat boards, plug about 160 counter sunk screw holes, a little trim work and one final sanding. Also the make the little table.
  13. I'm already excited. I made us a set of adirondack chairs and a table a few years ago. Over the winter I had in mind to make a double-seater adirondack seat to match along with another table. I started a couple of weeks ago. I would love to do the Greene and Greene style, but I am using my original pattern so it will match my other set.
  14. Yes I too have learned many things from Marc. Just one would be his simple varnish technique. I highly recommend the DVD. Because of Marc I wear my respirator more than I used to. Maybe we all need, "WWTWWD" bracelets to wear in our shops.
  15. Gibbs was wood carving again last night. Tony walks up and asked, "What you working on"? Ans Gibbs simply replies, "Wood".
  16. I was thinking of building the wall hanging cabinet per plan. We really didn't have place for it, even my shop walls are full (small shop). I recently had to remove a small upper and lower cabinet to make room for a new refrigerator that was wider than the space we had. My better half requested that I make a simple rack to hold the coffee cups in its place. She actually likes to sand and finish so we spent some quality time together in the shop. Several people commented on her from the live webcam about her dancing while she was sanding. Anyhoo the little shelf turned out great. Made from oak to match our cabinets. Originally it was to have a back but we decided to leave it off. It's not the wall hanging cabinet guild project. But it does hang on the wall, and it does store things.
  17. A year ago I did the Shaker table build with the Guild. My wife had noticed that it had darkened, like I told her it would. I though it would be interesting to show how much it changed. It gets plenty of sunlight but not direct.
  18. Did you catch last Tuesday nights show? The show closed out with Gibbs in the basement doing some wood carving.
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    I absolutely love this bench! The legs are amazing. Beautiful work.
  20. NCIS is one of my favorite shows and I have always enjoyed Gibbs working on the boat in his basement. Even his father showed up and helped make wooden toys at Christmas one time. Did anyone catch last weeks show? Gibbs, Tony and Ziva were in a warehouse of highly expensive items looking for something missing. They stumbled over an old writing desk of William Faulkner. Gibbs climbs under it and said, "Dovetail joints don't go with nails". This led him to finding a hidden compartment under the desk. I just thought it was pretty cool someone mentioning dovetail joints on a TV show.
  21. In mine I am wearing my TWW shirt. Cropped out of the picture is TWW Marc Spagnoulo himself taken at Highland Woodworking last spring.
  22. A 36 inch wide refrigerator will not fit into a 34 inch space. About a year ago our dishwasher went out. We had the old standard white appliance setup in the kitchen and all of them were old. As my wife and I were shopping for the new dishwasher, she fell in love with the stainless steel setup. So I brought it home and installed it. Later came a new stove followed by a new over the range microwave. With this years tax return we picked up the final piece, the refrigerator. My sons and I unloaded and unboxed the new appliance and brought it inside while my wife emptied the old refrigerator. I disconnected the water line, unplugged the old unit and we rolled it out to the deck. At this point it hits me. I never measured the space. A quick check and another double check, our new appliance was 2 inches bigger than the space. Doh! Fortunatley the right side of the Fridge had a small upper and lower cabinet. I spent a couple of hours removing them and rolled the new stainless steel beast into position. The next day I took the leftover pieces and cut them down and used them to trim out what was left of the cabinet. Turned out pretty good. This is now going to lead to stripping wallpaper and repainting the kitchen over the next few weeks. You just never know what you are going to get into.
  23. My workbench has a hardboard top with several coats of poly. I don't have a p[roblem with it at all. A couple of times a year I scrape glue and finish drips off, give it a light sanding and throw on a couple more coats.
  24. A few years ago I made a low budget bench myself. I used HD 2x6's topped with a sheet of MDF, covered with a sheet of hardboard. You can see it here at my lumberjocks site: It's been about 2 1/2 years now and it still remains level. Every 6 months or so, when I finish a project, I'll scrape glue and finish drips off, sand it lighly and put another coat of poly on it.
  25. Last fall i tried Roy Underhills spring pole lathe at Highland Woodworking in Atlanta. It was interesting but I don't think I could work on it long.