Author Archives: Matthew

Batman coat rack

Here in our household, we have a coat problem. A serious coat problem. Too many coats, not enough closet or hanging space. Coats end up strewn on the ground (where guess who get to pick them up), or stuffed into … Continue reading

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To build a chair…

I am taking a course on chair design from Pacific Northwest College of Arts (PNCA). This course differs from the more craft oriented courses I’ve tried in the past. It’s taught at an art school, by an art major. There … Continue reading

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Toy box with milk paint

I promised my oldest girl a box, and that she could help me build it. We sat down together with paper and markers and sketched out what she wanted. I found some Southern Yellow Pine at Crosscut lumber for a … Continue reading

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The Rogowski stool class at NW Woodworking Studio

I finished a week long class at the Northwest woodworking Studio making a Rogowski stool and taught by the man himself; Gary. I highly recommend the class, as it was a great introduction to compound angle joinery, and the stool … Continue reading

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Curved bedside table

A friend gifted me a bunch of red oak and I promised I’d build something different with it. Since red oak is a relatively cheap wood, I thought i’d use it to experiment with an idea I had some time … Continue reading

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Handcraft and the politics of marketing

The other day I stumbled upon an add for a desk on craigslist that had been copied verbatim from the original Pottery Barn add. Unbelievingly, I found the item at PotteryBarn (no longer available, but here) to ensure that the … Continue reading

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Saturday mornings

Thanks in no small part to the KBOO bluegrass and Grateful Dead show (http://kboo.fm/ProgramGenre/Bluegrass), I love spending saturdays in the shop. It’s a rare occasion when I get more than an hour or two, and today my wife let me … Continue reading

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Wall cabinet in walnut

I completed a nw woodworking studio class on hand tools taught by Jack Reynolds, and this was the result. All of this was made from scrap wood I had in my pile. ┬áThe carcase and interior is mostly Oregon black … Continue reading

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The Funky Monkey and the Low Box

The tall one I’m keeping for myself. Its made of quarter sawn white oak, walnut, poplar and ipe. The low one is a gift for my brother-in-law (a late holiday gift), and is made of mahogany and spalted mahogany with … Continue reading

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Finishing

No, not finishing as in shellac, varnish, etc., Finishing in terms of completing. It’s always that last 10% that gets put off due to the urge to get started with something new. Slow down…slow down…

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