Bruce J. is the guy who inspired me to start woodworking. I saw him build
an Arts and Crafts dining table that I thought was pretty good. Yes, I am a
beginer with only a half dozen projects under my belt; and I can now see
that he is a little haphazard, but he is a lot closer to my level than David
Marks. Nothing against David Marks, he's great, but odds are I'll never
have half the large tools he has. And contrary to the popular opinion here,
I find him much better than the slicked up mustache guy or the router guys
(although they are pretty good with those things, just not very compelling).
Just my .02 Richard M.
In my view David Marks is the kind of woodworker that I aspire to be. I
know I'll never have the Nimitz-class jointer, bandsawrus, or 3000 sq ft
shop like him, but he seems to do woodworking right. His methodical use of
jigs and templates, the traditional joining technics he uses, his clear
love of the beauty of wood, that's how I want to be when I'm creating.
I've never once seen him shoot brads into a piece "to hold it while the
glue dries". He always seems to find a better way.
I'm glad that you found inspiration in Bruce Johnson enough to take up the
hobby. I hope that as you gain experience you will keep an open mind about
all of the woodworking advice you get, televised or otherwise.
Ummm, well, uh... I have to admit that he sorta did just that on the
apothecary cabinet. Not in the Nahmish style, of course! (Meaning he
didn't nail it through the face in lieu of proper clamping.)
Here was the problem: he was gluing a top onto the carcase of the
cabinet, which presented two gluing sufaces roughly a foot square. He
explained that it's tough to keep larger surfaces aligned when
clamping, because they tend to slip-n-slide.
Solution: partially set four brads in the top of the carcase. Snip
off the heads, leaving about 1/8" revealed. Apply glue, align the top,
then tap it onto the brads with a mallet. Clamp as usual, with the
brads serving to hold the two pieces in alignment. Voilá!
A simple, elegant solution that doesn't mar the wood or require fillers.
I just got drafted into putting one of those things together for Mom.
I think maybe teaching people how to assemble that sort of stuff correctly
via a TV show isn't a completely horrible idea. It's harder to do than
most people think it will be going in. It took me four hours to assemble
the damn thing, because I did it right.
Not that I consider it real woodworking or anything, and I'm not sticking up
for this Bruce Johnson guy that you folks like to rag on. (Don't know him.
I don't watch TV.) I guess the point I'm making is that good work takes
time and attention to detail, even if it is just assembling a particle
board entertainment center.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
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Yep. I remember putting my hand through the side of one of the panels when I was
trying to get it to slide onto another part. I slapped it too far from the
edge. What an embarassment.
I think Sauder actually makes a pretty good product for the money. Putting it
together is not as easy as you'd think, even if you have mechanical skills.
(Not saying that I do.)
Some of those things would challenge Sam Maloof's skills.
I have to admit having some Sauder pieces in my house. They're really
not terribly bad as far as laminated particle board furniture goes.
They look fairly decent, but of course they're not fine furniture.
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