Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sanding in the round.

In the field of furniture making and repair there isn't any tricks but rather tip and techniques. Today I will share a tip with you that I learned from Master Will Neptune. Will Neptune if you don't know him is one of the best makers I have ever had the chance to see and work next to. This isn't me bragging of an opportunity (I was called out on this once so its a sore spot and always will be). This is me sharing a tip I lucky was able to learn while sharing a shop with a master. 

As yo many know I do a ton of refinishing. Sore tired hands are always looking for anything to speeds the process along. Sanding is bad enough but sanding in the round is even worst. Especially when it comes to not ripping the sand paper as you slide it side to side. Well that isn't the case anymore. Simply add some duct tape to back of a sheet of sandpaper and rip the desired width. Now you won't tear the paper, but you surely will wear that sand paper down. 

Happy sanding. I hope this tip will be helpful to you in the future. 


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Simple Scribe Tool Recommendation

Over the years in my repair, custom, and install work there was a need to scribe a detail to an exact dimension. While you can use a square, your finger, or whatever to scribe. But often I need something exact and consistent. This is where the Simple scribe comes in. The multi faceted tool helps scribe a variety of common dimensions like a breeze. Since I have been using the tool so much I decided to share it with you all. If interested in purchasing please visit the following link The link is a listing of all the items and tools I commonly use in my day to day work life. 


Banding Mockup for Colonial Williamsburg

Recently I was asked my mentor and Master Craftsman Patrick Edwards to make some banding samples other wise known as Toppo in French.  The image above was one of two large examples showcasing the possible options with simply adding a series of different colored wood, cutting them in different angles, thicknesses, flipping, and shifting. 

Its amazing the possibilities there is in this art of banding making. While this all appears difficult, in reality it is not. Often what is necessary is just patience. 


Saturday, January 27, 2018

The New Workbench Top

In 2004 as a student of the Furniture Institute of Mass I needed a bench and only had 5 days to draw and make the bench. The size of the bench at the time was 32 inches wide and 5 feet long. The bench served me perfectly, but I wanted something longer and a tail vise. 

Long ago I thought I would always make my bench, but I quickly realized there are makers out there who can make them quicker and priced well. So I ended up buying a new bench top that will last me the rest of my life. 

I might still make the bench wider to fulfill my dream of making it in the European style bench on one edge and a Roubo style bench on the other edge. Essentially I will be making myself a smaller version of the Patrick Edwards bench. But for now this will serve me well. 

The bench top is made from Rock Maple and in dimension is 4 inches thick, 7 feet long, and 32 inches wide. The tail vise hardware comes from Lie-Nielsen Tool Works. Lets just say this bench top weighs a ton and I love it. 

Many thanks to my two friends Jasper and Brian for helping move the top and for helping me install the tail vise. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Book! Crafting Excellence: The Furniture of Nathan Lumbard and His Circle

    I'm happy to share that another book on a great maker named Nathan Lombard is going to hit the market shortly. Pre-order your copy from Amazon ( < Click).


    When the inscription “Made by Nathan Lumbard Apl 20th 1800” was found in the late 1980s on a chest of drawers, the identity of an unknown craftsman suddenly surfaced. Crafting Excellenceintroduces the striking achievements of cabinetmaker Nathan Lumbard (1777−1847) and a small group of craftsmen associated with him. Working initially in the village of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, these artisans fashioned an array of objects that rank among the most colorful and creative of Federal America. Recent scholarship has revealed Lumbard’s connection with the cabinetmaker Oliver Wight, from whom he likely learned his trade and gained an understanding of neoclassicism. Careful study of objects linked to Lumbard, Wight, and nearby artisans has produced a framework for identifying their work. The discovery of Lumbard’s name three decades ago led the authors on a pioneering journey, culminating in this handsome volume, an insightful contribution to American furniture history.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Book: Thomas Chippendale Junior

Where I bought book can be found below.

Description of the book:

The Chippendale cabinet-making firm, founded by Thomas Chippendale senior in about 1750 became famous partly through the succesful publication of his The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director (1754, re-published 1755 and 1762), and partly through the fine furniture supplied to a number of illustrious clients. Chippendale senior ran the workshop for just over twenty years. His eldest son Thomas Chippendale junior continued the business for over forty, the first two decades in partnership with Thomas Haig. Chippendale senior's work has been well documents. Chippendale junior's work has never, until now, been thoroughly researched. The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale Junior repairs the omission. His patrons included members of the Royal Family, aristocrats, landed gentry and antiquarians. He was adept at satisfying their demands, whether they required lavish gilt or simpler, often mahogany, pieces. Where family archives and original settings survive, as at Harewood House, Paxton House and Stourhead, they reveal the variety and quality of Chippendale's output. Analysis of client's invoices, even when the furniture can no longer be traced, for the first time provides a colourful view of what customers chose and what prices they paid.

Product Detail:

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers (December 30, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781300569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781300565
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.7 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds

Shop Signs

The importance of shop and lawn sign is rarely discussed. Even spelling out every service that is being offered is key these days. These signs are short money and I highly recommend every small business to use as much signage as possible.