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  • February 01, 2021 4:51 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    This month the Featured Piece is so encompassing that it is segmented into four parts.  Many of you know Neal Carey and his mission to build a 1640 Ruckers Single Manual Harpsichord.  For approximately twelve years Neal has been on this mission.  That’s not to say this has been a continual process.  During this time Neal has built and refurbished other musical instruments such as ukuleles, guitars, Tzoura, and a sitar.  Neal has also completed other more standard woodworking projects.  But like Neal, we should get back to the harpsichord.

    Neal is nearly finished with the harpsichord as you can see in the picture above.  But in his limited free time, Neal has compiled a thorough set of presentations documenting the motivation, design, help, and step by step build along the way.  It is a wonder to witness this massive work through his presentations.  I certainly did, as we planned the presentations for this and subsequent Featured Pieces.  When you click each video presentation be sure to turn on your audio.  This is not just a visual slideshow.  There is enchanting background music of a type to get you in the mood.

    Part I:  Introduction of the Project, Motivation, Planning, Assistance, and Building the Keyboard

    Part II: Building the Case

    When he's not buried in work you can reach Neal here.

  • January 08, 2021 8:56 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Phil Lowe passed away on January 6, 2021.

  • December 30, 2020 11:05 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    The new year brings a Featured Piece by Jim Allen.  Noted for his interest in period furniture, just a couple of months ago this column published his article on Arts and Crafts, Jim has modified the design of a bed frame to be far from that age.  However, with hints of Asian, Scandinavian, and Shaker design, Jim has blended a contemporary piece of furniture – sleek, sturdy, and well-crafted. From the look of it, I’m sure Jim sleeps well at night.  Read the Evolution of a New Bed Frame article here.

    You can reach Jim at here.

  • December 30, 2020 11:01 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    River tables are what they are called.  Colored epoxy seemingly running along the middle of a dining room table is an example.  You’ve seen lots of them now in more creative applications than just dining room tables.  In this month’s Bevel Cut article, Andrew Davis writes about epoxy and his attempts using this simple carbon compound, tinted or not, in furniture applications and pitfalls to avoid.  Read about Epoxy here.

    Andrew welcomes your feedback.

  • December 27, 2020 5:08 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Making a Table Saw Sled was presented and captured in the Resources section.

  • December 23, 2020 3:51 PM | James Russell (Administrator)

    Making a Table Saw Sled by Jamey Pope December 12, 2020

  • December 08, 2020 5:21 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    The Gadget is found on the Home page.

  • December 02, 2020 8:51 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Learning Curve Blues

    by Andrew Davis

    There’s no shortage of interesting behavioral aspects about woodworking that Andrew Davis can conjure up.  This one is deals with concept of the learning curve.  Something we all know intellectually and have experience it practically.  I suppose many of us rarely make the same piece repeatedly.  I don’t mean when making the same two chairs or tables at the same time.  I mean, make them serially.  Some of us have taken advantage of the learning curve. Andrew has a way of taking this notion and giving his Bevel Cut version of an everyday activity to another analytical level.

    Andrew welcomes your feedback.

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