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Archive for March, 2010

Are HVLP Sprayers from Apollo for You?

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Once you put one of these in your hands and spray a bit, you’re going to believe you need one in your shop.

Here’s a decent video, get to about 2:30 and the real meat of performance begins.  You can always come on down to Woodworkers Source to check one out, but here’s a video too:

Project Idea: Display Boxes for Wood Collector Samples

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
These nice looking stacking display boxes are perfect for archiving wood samples

These nice looking stacking display boxes are perfect for archiving wood samples

Did you know that there are 10,000 species of wood in the world that are harvested for timber?

What’s even more interesting is that there’s an entire international group of wood fanatics who collect, trade, sell, and share sample specimens from these 10,000 different species. They’re collectively known as The International Wood Collectors Society (

In order to have some consistency to the specimens, they determined that a wood sample has to measure 1/2″ thick, 3″ wide, and 6″ long.

Fair enough, I say. read more

Celebrating the legacy of George Nakashima

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

It was 1937 in India when George Nakashima built his first wood furniture.  He’d been trained in architecture and worked under an American architect Antonin Raymond for several years.

Nakashima moved to Seattle in 1940 and taught woodworking for a short period until he was sent to Camp Minidoka, a World War II Japanese interment camp in Idaho, in the wake of the bombing at Pearl Harbor.  At Minidoka, though, Nakashima met a man who had been trained in Japanese woodworking hand tools and joinery techniques – under him, Nakashima studied and mastered the craft and techniques. read more