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Woodworking In America: My Schedule

Today I signed up for the Woodworking in America Conference, September 30th through October 3rd in Cincinnati. This will be my first time attending, and I’m pretty psyched. A PDF of the schedule and the presenters is on the Woodworking in America site.

I’ve signed up for the following sessions:

  • Dovetailing Drawers: Pins First
  • Sharpening & Using Chisels & Card Scrapers
  • Cutting Mortises Quickly
  • Design a Door with Pleasing Proportions and Good Grain
  • The Essential Router Plane
  • Chisels: The Good, the Bad and the Garbage
  • Set Up a Band Saw for Ultimate Precision
  • Introduction to SketchUp
  • Sliding Dovetails Without Fail
  • Advanced SketchUp
  • Handplaning Boards: From Rough to Finished
  • Eliminate Drift on the Band Saw
  • Designing Strong Mortise-and-Tenon Joints
  • Planing Impossible Woods
  • Cutting Tenons by Hand
  • Put Some Mojo in Your Designs

I’ll also be attending the Toolmaker’s Dinner & Taste of Cincinnati and the Friday Evening Keynote Dinner, and crawling through the pubs during the pub crawl.

I’ve already blogged about who will be teaching and attending, it really is a great opportunity to learn from the best, try out tools, and meet other woodworkers and woodworking bloggers.

I hope I’ll be able to take my video camera, shoot some video, and post it here on the site. I’d especially love to interview Frank Klausz and debate pins-first or tails-first dovetails with him, and listen to him tell stories of apprenticing with his father back in Hungary. He likes to fish, and I’d love to talk to him about that as well.

Watching his father work, Frank asked, "How can you do that so fast?" His father replied, "After ten or fifteen years you’re going to be a pretty good beginner yourself."

Woodworking in America Conference

I’ve worked in the software industry for almost 16 years, and for 15 of those years, I worked on games. I’ve been to a lot of conferences over the years: E3, GDC, and Gamefest.

But the conference I’m most interested in attending is the Woodworking in America conference, this October in Cincinnati. If you’re a woodworker, hobbiest or professional, this is the conference for you.

From the website:

Immerse yourself in a weekend of woodworking packed with non-stop demonstrations, evening social activities (dinners, pub crawls) and a behind-the-scenes visit to an unrestored Shaker Village.

Learn skills directly from today’s top craftsmen – dovetails, inlay, handplanes, tablesaw techniques and much more– in more than 40 different classes.

Browse our unparalled Marketplace with top hand- and power-tool exhibitors– many of which you won’t find at any other show: Lee Valley, General International, Lie-Nielsen, Woodcraft and more, plus custom toolmakers including Sauer & Steiner, Eccentric Toolworks, Medallion Toolworks, and many more.

Check out the list of woodworking celebrities:

  • Roy Underhill
  • Frank Klausz
  • Michael Fortune
  • Christopher Schwarz
  • Marc Adams
  • Ron Herman
  • Jim Tolpin
  • George Walker
  • Don Williams
  • Robert Lang
  • Glen Huey

And from the podcasting world:

I’m putting together my plans right now, hoping I can make it. If you’re going to go, let me know.

Thomas Walnut Dresser: Done and Delivered!

Yesterday I had a great day with my little shop helper at the Shrine Circus. After the day was done and the shop helper was sound asleep, I hit the shop. After a long night last night and a few hours today, the dresser is done and delivered.

Here’s what’s happened in the last 48 hours:

  • Two coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly
  • One coat of paste wax
  • Bottom legs installed
  • Knobs installed

The Original Plan


Pictures of the Final Project

Remember the original design below, one change was to make the drawer dividers come all the way to the face.


Here’s the final with the pulls installed. I like pulls the customer selected and the positioning.


Check out the grain, and here you can see the base.


Another front shot.


From the side you can see the cool patterns on the front.


Another side shot.


From the right side.


From the right side, down along the top. Flat and waxed, looks good.


Here’s the back you can see the bases from behind. This piece could be in the middle of the room and the back would look nice.




Now that this project is done, this Bakon Vodka Bloody Mary is my celebration. Wednesday night I’ll clean up the shop, it’s a bit messy after the last few intense days. Next Sunday I’ll start the next project, a saltwater fish tank stand out of maple for GAKMAN. I’ll do a post in a few days about things I learned on this build.