How to Sharpen a Stanley #55 Hollow Spokeshave

March 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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How to sharpen a #55 spokeshave

The PowerPoint (PDF)will provide you enough information needed to sharpen a Stanley #55 Spoke Shave.

How to use a shop-made KerfMaker

January 26, 2018 by · 1 Comment
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This video will explain how you can build your own KerfMaker and how to use it to cut a snug-fitting dado.

PowerPoint (PDF) Stave Segmented Vessel Instructions

Segmented Vessel Instructions 5-16-2016 PDF

Click twice on the link above for instructions on How To Construct a Segmented Bowl/Vessel. The PDF document can then be printed at no cost. Hope you find the information useful and be sure to wear the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and at a minimum hearing and eye protection in the shop!

Let us know if you have additional questions.

Maloof Inspired Low-Back Settee

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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I completed this settee for a client who requested it be made of walnut. It took me approximately 125 hours to construct and finish. I adapted Charles Brocks low-back chair plans to make the settee. The finish is Watco Oil with the last two coats being Watco’s DeftOil. Read more

Transtitional/Modern Desk and Maloof Inspired Chair

January 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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_2Since my retirement, which started in July 2013, I’ve been busy in the shop making 3 Maloof inspired chairs and a desk with a Hawaiian Koa writing surface. This is the second time I’ve built this style of desk. I love the design! Two of the chairs and the desk are currently for sale at the Got Art Gallery downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Please contact me if you would like to commission either piece in a different wood spieces. Read more

Bowls by Jesse Sheets

December 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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“My name is Jesse Sheets from Lee Summit, Missouri. Below are a few projects I have completed with major help from your website. I am so thankful that you have posted the different process to design these. I am a woodworking teacher in Blue Springs, Missouri and I am teaching some student how to construct a segmented bowl. ”

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Thanks Jesse, keep up the good work.

Stave Bowl from Mike Cambell

December 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Tyler_MorristownNJThis project came from Mike Campbell, who teaches woodworking and woodturning in Morristown High School. Last year I found a picture of your stave bowl on a random google image search for segmented bowls. An 11th grade student of mine, Tyler, recreated it and I thought you’d like to see it. He also made the table the bowl sits on in the picture.

Interestingly we did not see your website where the build process is explained until last week, so he figured out how to build it just by looking at the photo. I have been reading over your website and I am impressed with your work, I especially like the adjustable stave sled.

Great work Tyler!

Wagner Safe-T-Planer

December 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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safetplanerWe’ve had a couple people contact us with concerns about using the Wagner Safe-T-Planer since it’s no longer on the market. In a couple of our videos, we use this planer on the drill press to flatten the top and bottom of the bowl after you glue the staves up.

I searched the web to see if I could find information about why the planer was discontinued and I didn’t really find anything. Read more

Wanted: Project Photos

April 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Ron Petitt, Spokane, Washington

Since Steven Todd and I started this website several years ago, many have written or called with positive comments about its content. We really are just a couple of guys who have a passion for all forms of woodworking and wish to share it with others. Over the years some have sent photos of segmented bowls they’ve made using techniques learned from watching videos and/or reviewing the PowerPoints that have been posted on the site.  In addition, some have taken a class or just stopped by the shop for a pointer or two.  Usually, I learn as much from them as they do from me. Read more

Future Woodworker: Under Construction

March 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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If you believe strongly enough that woodworking is a worthwhile avocation; then take the time to encourage, instruct and nature the skills and knowledge in the young people you can influence. My grandson Tyler who is now seven loves spending time in the shop with his papa doing small projects which will someday have a major impact on his life. We started with making a wooden knife and gouge so that he could learn to whittle a boat out of a bar of soup. He carefully worked on that bar of soap until it took on a boat-like shape and then hollowed out the center with the wooden gouge. The whole process, including the making of the tools took about an hour. We both had a great time! In a couple of years he will be ready to use his whittling knife which is stored in his tool cabinet (see articles on Tyler’s Tool Cabinet on this website). Read more

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