14 foot by 40 inch bubinga slab at my good buddy (and wood dealer) Joe’s shop. With the base this table weighs 700lbs. I went over there this morning to help him engineer the supports for the 12 inch breadboard ends. In return he gave me some beautiful spalted quartersawn oak.

14 foot by 40 inch bubinga slab at my good buddy (and wood dealer) Joe’s shop. With the base this table weighs 700lbs. I went over there this morning to help him engineer the supports for the 12 inch breadboard ends. In return he gave me some beautiful spalted quartersawn oak.

Working on a dovetailed walnut box. 

Benchcrafted Moxon Vise

I’ve just completed this very ancient vise from Englishman Joseph Moxon’s AD 1694 work Mechanick Exercises, one of the earliest texts on woodworking. This vise excels in holding boards for dovetailing & mortise and tenon work. 

I made a step-by-step guide on making this vise, which can be found here

It features a stopped chamfer and Lamb’s Tongue carving which aid in cutting half-blind dovetails. It is about 32 inches long, 5 1/2 inches wide, and 1 3/4 inches thick (each board). It is made of hard maple and utilizes Benchcrafted hardware.

I’m no good at photography and I had to get on with my work for the day, so these photos are as good as I could get.

Maple shavings don’t get much better.

Maple shavings don’t get much better.

Getting some patterns ready to carve tomorrow. A 17th century New England pattern (from the Savell shop in Braintree, Massachusetts) and a lamb’s tongue ogee.

Getting some patterns ready to carve tomorrow. A 17th century New England pattern (from the Savell shop in Braintree, Massachusetts) and a lamb’s tongue ogee.

Dovetailed Curly Cherry Box #1

This is without any finish. I just threw on a coat of shellac and it looks pretty nice. I’m going to make 3-5 more of these before I teach the class. I think I’m going to make the next one out of black walnut. 

Decided to redo the tails. I think 4 tails in a board this size with saw kerf sized pins might be too intimidating for a new class.

Decided to redo the tails. I think 4 tails in a board this size with saw kerf sized pins might be too intimidating for a new class.

Stepping up that dovetail game. The boards are 3 1/2” wide. Tiny dovetails, tiny pins. Wish I had one of those optivisors.

Stepping up that dovetail game. The boards are 3 1/2” wide. Tiny dovetails, tiny pins. Wish I had one of those optivisors.

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Nick just stopped by and gave me the best payment on a piece of furniture I’ve ever received

Nick just stopped by and gave me the best payment on a piece of furniture I’ve ever received

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She didn’t say no. Caitlin and I just got engaged :)

She didn’t say no. Caitlin and I just got engaged :)