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Two years ago, lightning struck a large red oak tree near my house. It survived the lightning strike, but it has been sick looking for the past two summers. If I go ahead and take the tree out this fall, can the tree be sawed into lumber? I wonder if the lightning damages the wood in any way for woodworking purposes?
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Workshop on the Maloof-Inspired Rocking Chair
Woodworkers from around the country converged on Highland Woodworking July 11-13, 2008 to study the design and construction of the revered "Maloof-inspired" rocking chair. The 3-day workshop was facilitated by Charles Brock and assisted by Cecil Cheves. The workshop will return to Highland Woodworking February 27 - March 1, 2009.
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COMING TO UNDERSTAND
I began my career in antique restoration waaaay back in the early seventies while in
college. I needed a part time job to help out with expenses and landed in an antique repair and
restoration shop as an all around gopher and quite often, the brunt of many practical jokes that actually turned out to be rather worthwhile learning experiences. Needless to say, having hands stained for weeks on end leads one to believe there has to be a better way.
Turn a Pepper Mill
By Fred Kachelhofer
Nick Cook is well known for his turned pepper mills. I have twice watched him turn a pepper mill, and have also read the excellent article posted on his website. When I tried it myself, however, I found it difficult to get the pieces to align on the four jaw chuck after turning the tenons so as not to be off center when changing ends in the drilling process. After various trials, I have arrived at a method which I would like to share with you.
Update on MDF Faceplates
In the July issue of Wood News Online, Fred Kachelhofer shared with us his method for making lathe faceplates out of MDF.
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The Society of American Period Furniture Makers will hold its annual mid-summer conference August 8-10, 2008 at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, NC.