After our customary round robin introductions the business part of the meeting began. There were quite a few new faces and I'm afraid I neglected to mention the blog when I introduced myself (seems my mind was elsewhere) so if you invited someone please have them contact me if they'd like to be added to the list.
We talked quite a bit about the AWFS show and the consensus seems to be that it appeared to be geared more towards large scale, computer driven industry then where we are. Matter of fact, I just received and filled out a survey from them and complained about the lack of education geared towards single craftsmen and women like we are and suggested better classes like they had in the past. As Jamie's experience with SuperMax and their poor customer relations at their booth pointed out -- it is worth the effort for us to voice our complaints. There was unanimous agreement that the highlight of the show was the display Fresh Wood which featured student work from secondary and post secondary schools.
There were some positive comments too, Mike mentioned that the folks at the General Booth were very helpful and informative at that booth. Others in the group mentioned that it seemed some of the booths at the AWFS show were manned by people that didn't seem to have the knowledge of the product or know much about interacting with potential customers. As for a future show, Jamie announced that Lie-Nielsen is definitely going to have their tool event again this year at her shop. That will be in October and they will have our own talented carver, Dennis Patchett, as a featured artist with a booth during their event!
Most of us are familiar with Bessey Clamps as they advertise quite heavily in magazines and are also featured on some woodworking shows. They recently sent a sample of them to Jamie for her test and evaluation. She has been less than impressed with them and is wondering exactly how to evaluate them without being as blunt as she'd like to be! Any of you out there that use them may want to shoot her an email about your own experiences with them too.
Show & Tell
We didn't have a lot of show and tell but what we had from Bill Patton was pretty spectacular. We all know Bill as being a kidder but his pictures show that for all the kidding and teasing he takes, he is also quite accomplished at his woodworking. He's been teased about how long it's taken to finish his desk but check out these pictures of it and accompanying cabinets:
Storing lumber and usable cut-offs is always a problem. This rack is a bit over 4' deep and I can stand up some lumber under 9" in length. The basket is for exotic scraps and there is a rack to the left where I store sheet goods. Most of us probably don't have the luxury of storing a lot of lumber so someone said it best: "we store our lumber at Petermans!"
Allow me to begin by saying that it's difficult to write all of this since it's me I'm talking about! I'm proud of my work and my lifelong career as a teacher plays a huge part in wanting to share what I can with others -- that's really what it's all about for me. The last thing I want to do is come across as boastful. I appreciate your kind comments about the furniture and paintings in our home. Diane and I often joke that it's like we're living in our own little museum where everything (except the dog and cat) are for sale!
|Hand drafted drawing|
I'm sure I didn't answer all of the questions about the building of this piece. I blog most of my work as an extension of my teaching so you can click on this LINK to the blog entries dealing with this Armoire. If that link doesn't work you can to my blog and type John's Armoire in the search block you'll get a listing of the blog entries.
Here are some of the pictures that Lupe took to illustrate the presentation. In this one I'm showing the drawer stop which aligns the drawer when it is closed. The drawer itself is made of Soft Maple with the Alder bottom. The bottom was laminated together from 3-4 pieces then surfaced to 3/8" or so. It's rabbeted on the bottom side and slides into a 1/4" groove and is fastened with a screw in a slot to allow it to move with changes in humidity.
|Jig for installing the 3 door butt hinges|
|Close up of hardware from Lee Valley|
|Jig used to locate the hardware (looks like the heat has gotten to me!)|