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  • January 01, 2023 2:07 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Tree Rings

    by Andrew Davis

    This article about tree rings starts with an eye-catching news headline.  Andrew reads the article about a methodology to date shipwrecks with the hope of identifying the wreck.  The notion of tree rings surface, which leads to discovering the international periodical Dendrochonologia of peer reviewed articles of all things woody, especially growth rings.

    Pieces of the shipwreck and the growth rings are analyzed microscopically.  Voila, the age of the pieces put the wreck to be consistent with an 1849 shipwreck off the coast of Argentina. But there were other possible matches and thus could not conclusively make a match.

    Spurred on by the recommended Dendrochonologia process Andrew writes about his experiments to determine the age of some of his furniture.  You literally won't believe where this goes.  Find out the results in Tree Rings.

    Andrew welcomes your feedback.

  • January 01, 2023 2:04 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Quilted Maple Projects Part 2

    by Dave McCormick

    As promised in last month's FPM article, this episode reveals more of Dave McCormick's Quilted Maple Projects.  You may remember that Dave visited Highland Lumber and was impressed by the quilted maple boards he saw.  He purchased a bunch thinking about what he can make with it.  One project led to another, and another, and another, and so on.  Feast your eyes on more pieces of Quilted Projects Part 2.

    Further information can be requested by clicking Dave McCormick.

  • December 12, 2022 4:02 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Segmented Turning

    Paul Schulz provided his

    outline with related links

    from his December

    presentation on

    Segmented Turning.

    Click Segmented Turning

    for a view and download.

  • December 09, 2022 1:51 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)


    by Andrew Davis

    It didn't take long for the Sales and Marketing Departments of our retail economy to open the doors with all kinds of sales and promotions and discounts and free shipping.  I'm sure you know that this is no more apparent than with the woodworking supply stores and their copious email solicitations.  'Tis the season. 

    In a uniquely Andrewsian way, our intrepid and uncompromising advocate writes about the contradictions he observes with his pet peeves and irritations, including a table of vendors and how they summarize their offerings.  Read all about Sales.

  • December 09, 2022 1:48 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Quilted Maple Projects Part 1

    by Dave McCormick

    Dave McCormick continues to outdo himself.  Having seen boards of quilted maple, not to be confused with curly maple (the difference is outside the scope of this intro; look it up), Dave decided this figure was too good to pass up.  This revelation resulted in one project after another using quilted maple.  In past months you have seen Dave's work presented in this column.  Now check out a series of his work using this unusual wood species in Quilted Maple Projects Part 1.  Yes, there is a Part 2 coming to a website near you next month.

    Further information can be requested by clicking Dave McCormick.

  • December 09, 2022 1:47 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Challenge Yourself

    by Rob Carver

    Rob has chosen the "Challenge Yourself" adage this month.  It's a dangerous maxim to write about because it runs the risk of superiority.  However, reading the article you will find that it's just the opposite.  Rob writes about being motivated by others and the notion to challenge oneself is all about risk and self improvement.  In woodworking it means taking on new projects and possibly failing.  I would guess that we all consider projects to work on based on how reasonable the outcome will be.  We all have our limits, but that limit could expand one challenge at a time.  I think you will find this article enriching, if not motivational.  Take a look at Challenge Yourself.

  • November 27, 2022 11:24 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Preliminary information is provided.

  • November 20, 2022 3:33 PM | James Russell (Administrator)
    November 2022 monthly meeting presentation Cove Cutting on a Tablesaw

    by Will Neptune

    Additional slide show video Slide Show of Cove Cutting Jigs used by Will Neptune

  • November 19, 2022 7:57 AM | James Russell (Administrator)

    Video of October's monthly meeting featuring 

    Coopering Curved Furniture Elements - by Matt Wajda - October 8, 2022

  • November 16, 2022 2:49 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    The FPoTM archive found under Resources was corrupted.  I converted the entries into 3 content gadgets with the hope that the formatting will stick.  For all rows to be properly aligned, data in all columns are set to Tahoma typeface, 14 font size, Auto height, and Delete space before paragraph.

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