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  • May 29, 2020 11:56 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Andrew Davis brings to us a fascinating description of his Inside-Out Live Edge Mirror Frame.  Starting with a slab of ash, Andrew transforms that with some creative cuts to build a frame for a mirror that gives a natural, “edgy” appearance.  Andrew preserves the natural contours of the slab with a thoughtful consideration over where the frame segments are made.  The eye-popping appearance is only surpassed by the approach that Andrew took to make it.  

  • May 27, 2020 12:05 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Featured Piece of the Month archive can be found under Resources tab.

  • May 27, 2020 12:04 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Bevel Cut archive can be found under Resources tab.

  • May 09, 2020 11:21 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    This was a virtual meeting hosted by Epic Woodworking on the YouTube channel Epic Woodworking.

  • May 04, 2020 9:51 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Are you ready for some (more) math?  Ovals and eggs (ellipses, if you will) and constructing right angles (isosceles and 30/60) are laid out with the woodworker in mind.

    And to top it off there's a flashback (no, not to high school!) to last month's Bevel Cut article about the golden ratio. 

    Here, in simple but quadratic terms is the solution for the golden ratio using the golden ratio equation.  Not only does this unlock the ever present golden ratio but it confirms the reason why they teach us this stuff in the first place in high school.  You don't have to be a Euclid (Founder of Geometry), Vitruvius (Architecture), Fibonacci (Nature), Da Vinci (Art) or Kepler (Astronomy) now that Bevel Cut is here. 

    Math Redux class starts with a click here.

    Andrew welcomes your feedback.

  • May 04, 2020 8:31 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    To view the archive of Bevel Cut articles through May, 2020, click Resources from the Home page.  Then click Bevel Cut Articles.

  • May 04, 2020 6:51 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    This column is has predominantly featured furniture.  However, there have been other pieces of note that are not in that category, such as T. Shirley's models, Jewelry box by M. Nierman, Poker Box by V. Valvo and J. Tartaglia, and a special table saw by S. Brown.  With "Regulator Clock" Jim has added to this list in the furnishings category.

    Jim Tartaglia has been busy this year.  This is his second submission in 2020 and third in the academic year.  Without taking on a large furniture piece, Jim illustrates that challenges are not in short supply with a smaller piece.  Despite his obvious advanced woodworking skill, in this piece Jim is stumped at times with pitfalls that surface.  It's how he solves these problems that makes his very readable article appealing and instructional.  Besides that, he finished building a piece that he long had on his to-do list.

    Reading Jim's article provides part history, part woodworking, and part problem solving. 

    You can reach Jim at

  • April 05, 2020 10:08 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    The Perpetual Novice returns to provide a public service.  Previous Perpetual Novice articles have attempted to look at the trials and errors of learning the woodworking craft with a bit of humor. This one is different in that it is serious. I’ve been surprised of late to see the “wrong” alcohols in a number of people’s shops. I’ve known about this for a long time and assumed it was general knowledge, but since it doesn’t seem to be, allow me this one time to slip into lecture mode.

    To read more click here.

  • April 05, 2020 3:44 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Five Drawer Miniature Chest

    by Len Nyren

    Shown here is this month's featured piece by Len Nyren.  Everything about this piece is exquisite in and of itself and reflective of the Chippendale design but it's done on a proportionally smaller level.  Made of tiger maple. Len produced this piece to match other similarly sized furniture.  The carving is exceptionally well done.

    In addition to a nicely written article Len provided several pictures to enhance your viewing of some pf the detail. Take a look at Len's Five Drawer Miniature Chest.

    You can reach Len at

  • April 05, 2020 3:42 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Andrew has found a way to write a new article at the confluence of math, woodworking design, and the physical sciences.  And all because of an advertisement he read for a new Woodpecker's product.  By the way, despite the title of his article he did not mix in any culinary aspects.

    It turns out Woodpecker is selling a gadget that assists in the design of furniture using width - length proportions dictated by the golden rule.  This stimulated Andrew to think about the 12th-13th century mathematician Fibonacci and his number series that follows that the next term is the sum of the previous two.  I could go on but I think I'll leave it to Andrew with his newest Bevel Cut article "Fibonacci is Not a Pizza Topping".

    After you read it, ask yourself: have you ever seen an advertisement trigger such a result?

    Andrew welcomes your feedback.

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