Impressive Customer Review of WoodWorks Season 5 DVD

Impressive Customer Review of WoodWorks Season 5 DVD

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Posted October 20, 2014 We recently received a very impressive customer review of our WoodWorks Season 5 DVD.  His feedback gives a great overview of the DVD and of what he feels our DVD offers to fellow woodworkers.  He starts off comparing WoodWorks Season 5 DVD to our Marquetry & Inlay DVD. From Gary Bell, Kansas: I must say that David’s DVD entitled “Double Bevel Marquetry” is without a doubt the best DVD that he has ever produced.Wait a minute, you might say to yourself; “I thought this was a review of “Woodworks Season 5” DVD? Correct.  This review starts with a reference to the “Double Bevel Marquetry” DVD [here after referred to as “DBM”] because any of David’s fans/students who have any interest at all in DBM, undoubtedly were introduced to it as they first watched “Woodworks Season 5” episode 508 when it aired on DIY.  And, having acquired a taste for DBM would have then had that yen for DBM satiated either with a class at David’s studio [like me] or by later purchasing the DBM DVD [like me]. As I watched 508, I nostalgically said to myself, “Yep, this is where it all started!” But it is not just DBM.  It is also bent lamination, joinery, wood grain and wood movement, coopering, design, chair geometry, inlay, fixing mistakes and applying finishes. And speaking of finishes; when I watched 504 I was astounded to discover that this was an episode of “Woodworks” I personally had never seen.!  I thought I had seen them all.  But I had never seen this one.  Cool. I would be tempted to say that this DVD “has it all”.  It doesn’t.  It was not intended to “have it all”, but it has quite a bit of “it” [“It” being basic and intermediate woodworking skills].  “It” answers many questions which most woodworkers eventually ask in the process of designing and constructing their own artistic expressions. With this DVD one can truly build any of the projects he shows.  This is not the case with most of what is available out there these days from other media.  Usually what we see is just programing on the subject of woodworking.  The viewer is simply allowed to watch someone else build such and such and there is little or no teaching taking place.  This is not the case with the “Woodworks Season 5” DVD. David’s DVDs and indeed every “Woodworks” episode is solely about teaching and mentoring. It is evident that David sincerely cares that he impart to his “students” the woodworking wit and wisdom that he has acquired over the years.  All of his DVDs and classes accomplish this.  “Woodworks” season 5 is a classic example of such. Finally a word needs to be said about the great production quality and editing.  The editing is seamless.  There is no way to tell where the commercials...

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Follow Up to Turned Bowl with Ebony Rim Article: How to Glue On A Waste Block

Follow Up to Turned Bowl with Ebony Rim Article: How to Glue On A Waste Block

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Posted September 29, 2014 by David J. Marks I received an excellent question from a woodturner who had read my article Turned Bowl with Ebony Rim  in our September 2014 newsletter:/ I was just getting ready to turn a bowl from a blank that is not much thicker than the desired depth. This was leaving me nothing for the usual tenons. I asked the turning fellows in my woodworking club about gluing a waste block on the bottom and they thought I was crazy. In your latest (September 2014) newsletter, I see you are doing just that with your “Turned Bowl with Ebony Rim.” Couple of questions: 1) How do you form the 3 inch to 4 inch flat spot for the gluing?   2)What glue do you use?   Any assistance would be appreciated. Regards,  Andrew   Here is My Response: Hello Andrew, Thank you for your email and question about waste blocks. I found it funny when I read that you “asked the turning fellows in your woodworking club about gluing a waste block on the bottom of a bowl blank and they thought you were crazy”. It just proves once again that if you ask ten different woodturners or woodworkers a technique question, you will get more than 20 different answers! It’s always very interesting to me when I hear so many different woodturners’ responses to different techniques for turning wood. My approach is, I don’t really care which technique is used as long as it works and is safe and the woodturner using the technique gets the end results that he/she was looking for. Ray Key is one of the most respected living woodturners alive today. Here is a photo of Ray gluing a waste block on to the bottom of a bowl with ca (cyanoacrylate ) glue during his May 9th demonstration for the Wine Country Wood turners here in Sonoma County. Ray begins by mounting a relatively dry block of wood onto a screw center chuck similar to the one in the link.  Screw Center Chuck After rough turning and refining the shape of the outside of the bowl, he then flattens the bottom, which can be done with a gouge on its side or using the bevel, a scraper, or a skew in horizontal position works great as a “negative rake scraper”. Ray applied ca glue to the bottom of the bowl, then sprayed “accelerator” onto the flat dry cherry waste block. Maple or any other fairly dense hardwood also works well for waste blocks. Next he turned a tenon into the waste block, removed the blank from the screw chuck, and then mounted the bowl with the tenon into a four jaw chuck in order to proceed with hollowing out the inside of the bowl. This way the full thickness of the bowl blank can be utilized for the completed bowl. Ray’s...

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WoodWorks Pieces on Display

WoodWorks Pieces on Display

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Posted September 9, 2014   David will have 4 pieces that he created for his television show WoodWorks on display at the Big Ideas 1950 – 1970: influences in modern ceramics show at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts on September 11 – October 25, 2014.   In addition, David and his fellow Bench Doggs will be performing at the opening reception on Thursday Sept. 11 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Location: 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472 (707 829 4797)     You can purchase the individual episode digital download or the full Season DVD For step by step instructions for building these projects:   Episode 303 Contemporary Walnut Bench with Copper & Patina Bases:  Digital Download Episode 303   Episode 310 Inlaid Corner Table: Digital Download Episode 310   WoodWorks Season 3 DVD  with 13 step by step projects: WoodWorks Season 3 DVD   Episode 401 Bent Laminate Shelf Stand: Digital Download Episode 401   Episode 404 Cherry Sofa Table: Digital Download Episode 404   WoodWorks Season 4 DVD with 11 step by step projects plus “World of Wood” Woodshop Tour and Workshop Tour: WoodWorks Season 4 DVD...

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