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A High End for the Low End: Tom Garden’s Hand Made Bass Guitars

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
Tom Garden with one of his newest handmade basses featuring quilted maple and a sleek lightweight design and top of the line hardware

Tom Garden with one of his newest handmade basses featuring quilted maple and a sleek lightweight design and top of the line hardware

Ask any bass player, and he’ll tell you that his job is the least respected in the band.  Musically speaking, the bass takes care of the low end; and those who don’t know any better may think this position really is low end.  Did Elvis play bass?  Willie Nelson? Guys like Jimmy Page and Carlos Santana didn’t exactly summon an entire generation toward bass playing – they inspired kids to pick up a standard six string for stadium-filled solo guitar playing.

The bass gets little attention. In the movie “That Thing You Do” the bass player in the band never had a name, and gets credited as, “T. B. Player.”  Now that I think about it, there’s no video game called “Bass Guitar Hero” either, as far as I know.

But when you hear someone like Victor Wooten play the bass, you just might be inclined to go, “Wow, I never knew the bass could sound so refined.”  There’s hope yet. read more

A 170-Pound Purple Heart & Red Oak Table by Doug Johnson

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
Red oak and purple heart table by Doug Johnson

Red oak and purple heart table by Doug Johnson

This thing’s a beauty!

To help display red oak and purple heart (two featured woods this month) in a finished project, Doug Johnson built a table using both woods together.  Doug is the store manager of the Woodworkers Source Tempe location, and you can come by the store to get a look at the table if you want.

When you see it up close, you’ll realize it’s more than a table, it’s more like a 170-pound workbench . . .  one that you’d probably consider too nice for a exposing to the rigors of a woodworking shop.

He made the top butcher block style: uniform 2-1/8″ wide strips of lumber turned on edge and glued together to make the full width means it’s super strong and super stable.  He also laminated the legs to form 3-inch squares, and included a vented bottom shelf.  The overall dimensions came to 36″ tall, 36″ wide, and 72″ long. read more

Employee Project Highlight: Furniture by Thad Trubakoff

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
Thad Trubakoff, Woodworkers Source employee

Thad Trubakoff, Woodworkers Source employee and custom woodworker extraordinaire

When I decided it was finally time to get a small-ish cabinet for organizing my archives of our print promotional materials, I drew a quick stick-figure thing of some cubbies and asked Thad – an employee at our Tempe store – to build it for me.

The inspiration source: my drawing.  Perhaps it was the whole "pizza-n-beer-on-me" thing that got his attention?

The inspiration source: my drawing. Perhaps it was the whole "pizza-n-beer-on-me" thing that got his attention?

A week later, he called and said it was finished and ready to be picked up.

Knowing what I told him, and knowing how pathetic my drawing was, and knowing my criteria (“Ummm, I need a thing that holds some stuff . . “),  I expected something made of Baltic Birch or maybe just MDF.

You know, something utilitarian; it just made sense to me.

Thad didn’t quite understand my expectations.  He built a fine piece of furniture instead.  And there’s a good reason for it – building fine furniture is just his style. read more