On woodworkingmasterclasses.com we have been making an occasional or side table by hand. I didn’t realise this table series would be so popular. I designed it many decades ago and have made many a dozen and sold them or given them to my family and friends. This is a foundational course project that I designed…

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My first thoughts on making the dining table a few weeks back now was that there were features to it that were unique yet perhaps not obvious really. So I put the design together with that in mind and wrote down the details, made drawings and cutting lists. The design is out there now for…

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This week’s flown by and we accomplished a great deal working every day. I have pretty much finished of the latest project which is a dining table I designed for my son Peter’s wedding back on 2,000 when I made it from some very dark and beautiful Texas black walnut. Making this one took me…

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Today we glue up different things and that includes the dining table we’ve been building for the current woodworkingmasterclasses video series. It’s been a good week so far and by Friday I hope we’ll have this project concluded. Each of the projects we’ve built have been training vehicles to show methods that work as well…

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I often wonder about a lady named Ann Lee who moved from Manchester, UK to the USA as a Shaker and started the Shaker movement there in Albany, New York. My visits to the colony sites of these industry leaders of their time have always left me thinking these were not Americans but displaced British…

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I had to skip three of the US venues with The Woodworking Shows for filming the next series over in the UK Castle workshop. This is the first series of our table-making series and paves the way for multiple table forms and styles we furniture makers make in the everyday of life. I have designed…

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Coffee tables This past week you probably gathered that we were creating the table design elements of the month-long workshop. We talk about design concepts yes, but the concepts become texture in our hands at the bench. It’s through this texture that we touch the deeper things even professional machinist woodworkers never see or understand.…

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Well, I have quite neglected everyone beyond the school this week, but we have accomplished so much at the bench, please be patient with us. I generally make the pieces alongside my students so that they get to see every step and also techniques that I use that are impossible via books and videos. Of…

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It was an incredible day for me yesterday and I think I can say that for all of the students too. As usual they are from mixed backgrounds and ages too, which makes for great diversity, the unifying factor is not a keyboard or a cell phone but working wood with hand tools. We are…

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This is my Part III of my Foundational Workshop and so today we start a table in oak. I finished milling the wood and prepping the workshop yesterday with Joseph. I love these workshops so much. it’s the people that come that I enjoy the most and as they do come back time after time…

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  • Mike O'Neil on Where My Wood Comes FromI know what you mean, Paul. I've been an "opportunist scrounger/scavenver" for years. I just can't pass up a "beautiful to me" piece of wood. Just prior to reading this I just happ…
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