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My Old Shaper Morphed Into A Router Table

I finally completed the transformation of my old Delta HD shaper into a router table.  I have long felt that router tables were a weak substitute for a good shaper.  That feeling was greatly modified by the last three years of a very idle shaper and constant use of a home brew router table utilizing a plywood top covered with plastic laminate.  My work, now,  is well suited to a good router table.  

2016 American Fine Craft Show Washington

2016 American Fine Craft Show Washington

October 21

Replacing Luggage Wheels

We recently purchased a couple pieces of luggage from Rick Steve’s at https://www.ricksteves.com/shop.   Somehow I got interested in what happens if the wheels ever break.  I googled the subject and learned that repair of broken wheels is rarely covered by the manufacturer.  They may offer to fix the broken wheel but the cost could approach the price of a new bag.  If you choose to own a Cadillac of luggage then the company will repair the bag no matter what happened to it.  Of course, you still have to get the damaged bag to

Gyokucho #372 Rip Cut Dozuki (Dovetail) Saw

For years I used a traditional push-type dove-tail saw.  Didn't even look at pull saws.  Then a couple years ago I picked up one of those dowel trimming flexible blade pull saws at Menards.  Shortly after I was using it to cut dovetails on my world famous thin-sided small drawers.  I continued to work with that small saw until very recently when I was trying to cut dovetails to join the corners of a cabinet.  The saw was getting dull and was overwelmed by the 3/4" thick stock.

Sanding Panels

This video shows how I sand panels, large and small.  I start with 120 grit and follow with 180 grit.  The belts I use are White non-loading sanding belts to resist clogging.  They cut much longer that the regular resin coated belts.

Craft Show Discovery-Exit Statements

From the first year of my career all the way to the second year of my encore career in furniture making I sat with my work, in a booth, exhibiting at various craft shows.  From day one I kept getting all kinds of complimentary comments about my work.  I was convinced that the people loved my designs and craftsmanship.   But my sales told a different story.

Introducing Cabinet on Stand V

Introducing the fifth in the series of my Cabinet on Stand designs.  The inspiration is from an image that appeared in my mind a few months ago.  I wanted to float a small cabinet within tall curved legs.  It is made from Black Cherry lumber.  

What does "making expenses" mean?

I often hear the statement "I made expenses" from exhibitors at poorly attended shows.  I ask if they included the cost of replacing the inventory they sold as an expense.  Consistently the answer is "no".

Stools

I have been working on some stools for the upcoming show.  They are my "Seating II" series.  About 18 1/2 inches tall.  Two walnut stools are already sold.  Here is a picture of the leg assemblies waiting for final sanding before entering the finishing area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

39th Annual Morristown CraftMarket - Observations

I exhibited at this show back in 1982.  It was a very good show for attendance and sales at that time.  I returned this year as part of my encore career in furniture making.  I am trying to do each show I did back in the day, one more time, sort of a farewell tour.

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