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Elliptical Jewelry Case Roger Knudson, Finlayson, MN

24" H x 16" W x 9" D, Curly ash veneer, bending plywood, shellac

"I am retired from a career in correctional education. I build furniture for fun and sometimes on commission. This piece was begun in a class taught by Ross Day and Thomas Hucker at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine. It was my first experience with veneering and the use of a vacuum bag. I had always considered myself a 'solid wood man' before. More veneering to follow!"

Mountain Dulcimer: The Gryphon

Ronald Cook, Coog Instruments, Santa Cruz, CA

Eastern black walnut, maple, salvaged Douglas fir, tung oil

"I primarily use recycled, salvaged and sustainable harvest woods for my instruments. The sides, back, head, tailpiece, fingerboard surface, and lower sound hole rosettes on this dulcimer are Eastern black walnut. I made the tuning pegs and binding from maple scraps. The top is salvaged first growth Douglas fir. It was resawn from large 14 in. x 14 in. columns rescued from a demolished warehouse. The wood was milled approximately 125 years ago."

Fish Chest Of Drawers

John Boudreau, Fort Lauderdale, FL

65" H x 20" W x 18" D, Tiger maple veneer, poplar, plywood, satin lacquer and wax

"When I combined my love of fishing with my woodworking skills, the 'Fish Chest of Drawers' was the result. The chest features a stack of 5 drawers with a single drop-down door at the bottom. It's been a great conversation piece."

Musician's Bench

John Ebinger, Phoenix, AZ

19" L x 18" W x 19" H, claro walnut, white ash, tung oil

"I am a musician by profession and a woodworker for fun. The bench was made for musicians to sit upon while playing their instruments. The bench top is a solid piece of 5/4 claro walnut and the sides are 7/4 white ash. The three pieces of wood are joined with hand-cut dovetails to form an asymmetrical cube. The leg stock is glued up using blind splines."


William Wyko,

23-1 /2"Tx 13" diameter, 1,495 pieces of monterillo, curly maple, hard maple, wenge, black limba, walnut, black ebony and turquoise

"I had 25 years of woodworking under my belt when I was introduced to the lathe in December of 2006. Turning quickly turned into a passion and segmented turnings must have been in my blood. This vase was only the 15th piece I mounted on a lathe. In the end, I think I devoted over 200 hours towards its completion."


Don Kriner, LeRoy, NY

Black walnut and maple with wipe-on Polyurethane


Rob Porcaro, Medfield, MA

29-5/8"T x 21-1/2"W x 17-1/2"D, Walnut with wenge accents and wiping varnish

"I have been drawn to the sight and feel of wood for as long as I can remember. I am a doctor of optometry by day and woodworker by night (and weekend). I wanted a fairly simple but satisfying design for a multi-use small table. Once I had worked out the leg contour I knew I was almost home. The top does not touch the legs but floats on stretchers that run between the aprons."

"This bassinet is based on plans I drew from a picture in an antique magazine. The feet are dovetailed into the two main posts and the connecting frame is mortised into the posts. I made a form to laminate six layers of 1/8 in. thick stock for the racetrack-shaped upper rail. I made the slats by laminating two 1/8 in. layers of stock around a circular form. The mobile arm is removable. It has a brass


Don Kriner, LeRoy, NY

Black walnut and maple with wipe-on Polyurethane

The Iron Horse

Jim Eder, Baltimore, MD

8-1/2"W x 48"L, 14 board feet of wood including: purple heart, black walnut, red oak, popular, and maple, lacquer finish

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"I've been woodworking for about 40 years. Recently, I began making models. I discovered that models demand very precise joinery, mistakes are hard to hide and details are everything. The "Iron Horse" train was a gift for my Dad on Father's day. In 1869, the East met the West in Utah via the railroad. This three-car train is inspired by the styling of that era. Despite it's size, it was not a cheap project and took six weeks to complete."

The Iron Horse

Jim Eder, Baltimore, MD

8-1/2"W x 48"L, 14 board feet of wood including: purple heart, black walnut, red oak, popular, and maple, lacquer finish

Hammock Stand

Make Bent Laminations on a Big Scale.

by John English

One sweeping curve, 18-ft. long: that's the essence of this dramatic stand. Making up that curve are dozens of thin pieces of construction-grade redwood, all glued together to make an extremely strong beam.

The beam is composed of three identical pieces: two are butted end-to-end to make the lower curve, while a third piece bolted on top binds the two together. I'll show you how to build an inexpensive bending form to create the three sections, how to cut the laminations and glue them together, and how to make the beam's edges smooth and even.

by John English

Bent Laminations Hammock Stand
nations from adhering after a glue-up. Wrap the tape over the form's edges and down an inch on both sides.

You'll need twelve 10 ft. redwood 2x4s to make the laminations. (You could substitute western red cedar, as long as the pieces are fairly free of knots.) You'll also need about 62 lineal feet of 2x4's, including one 14-foot-er, to make the stand's other parts.

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