|Opening Remarks by Jamie|
Couple of items that came up. First of all, Woodworkers Emporium which is located at 5461 Arville just north of Russell Rd. will be having a swap meet from 9-12 this Saturday. Might be a good time to get rid of a tool you don't need or maybe find something you do need. It's a good chance to see what's out there. Also, Dennis will be doing a carving demonstration there as well.
There are a couple of conventions coming to town that you may be interested in. One is the National Hardware show that will be here May 7 to May 9. Here's a LINK for that show. I personally went to one of these a few years ago and it's pretty interesting. Check the website to see what it takes to go there, I went with a friend who was inventing some kind of gizmo and wanted to see what the competition would be like.
Another show that's a definite must see for any one interested in woodworking is the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers, commonly known as the AWFS Fair. If you've never gone to this one you owe it to yourself to check it out. There is an unbelievable amount of machinery set up and operating on the convention center floor. Everything from hand tools to the most sophisticated, computerized equipment is there for you to see. They also offer various educational seminars/classes that have included everything from design, tool use, sales, marketing, etc. Here's a LINK to that, it'll be in town on July 24 to July 27.
|Aarons Wall Hanging|
I came across this product called Kaizen Foam. It's available from Fastcap and although I mail ordered it you might want to check out our local suppliers. Peterman Lumber and Woodworkers Emporium are two that were mentioned that carry Fastcap products so maybe they can order it for you and save the cost.
Basically this stuff is great for organizing your tools and especially protecting them when you're transporting them. It comes in three different thicknesses and is a 2' x 4' slab. You trace the tool or item you want to put there and cut through the layers. It'll then peel away so you have a recessed area that perfectly matches your tool. If you're interested in it, I did a blog post on it which includes links to the video from Fastcap, here's the LINK to that.
Now on to the main event, Richard W. shared his experiences from a class he took from William Ng on joinery. Here is the collection of his work that he brought in. I'll go into detail as much as I can but suffice to say, he blew us all away with what he accomplished during the week he spent there.
|A Weeks Worth of Work|
Did you catch how many times he mentioned that the instructor, William Ng, is nuts? It wasn't said to be negative but his background is in engineering so everything is measured in 100's of an inch using micrometers instead of us maybe going to 32's of an inch with a precise ruler like we do. Take the time to check out his website, especially his video on making a crosscut sled and you too will agree with Richard that he's nuts! Here is a LINK to the video's and school he has. The cost of the 5 day course was $795.00 which includes the material costs.
For starters, the tools Richard brought in were not up to the standards William expects.
|Japanese Duzuku Saw|
The first day was spent just with hand tools and of course, the sharpening that goes along with it. Richard mentioned that they probably spent at least an hour daily honing their tools. Another requirement was to cut to a line to meet Williams standards before any work could be done on the assignments. The first projects were dovetails (both through and half blind) and also this mitered mortise and tenon joint.
|Mitered Mortise & Tenon|
|Yeah Right Boss!|
|Wooden Puzzle of Joint?|
Needless to say, Richard walked away from this class with a real appreciation of cutting these joints. However, he ended his presentation showing a jig he made to cut dovetails on the bandsaw. Some of the joinery was referred to as "show off" joints but we all like the challenge of doing something just to prove we can accomplish it. Let me end this blog with some pictures of the other joints he was able to make.
|Mitered Lap Joint -- Tablesaw, typical of window parts|
|Mitered Mortise & Tenon|
|Forgot the Name Joint but pretty Awesome! Sliding Dovetails|
And then there was this joint that I also forgot the name of but was created with routers and is the joint used to join the seat to a Sam Maloof chair.
To sum it all up, I think we'd agree that this was a highly educational class and Richard walked away from it with a wealth of knowledge he probably couldn't have gotten any other way. Glad he shared it with us and maybe inspired us to also look for opportunities to increase our skills too.