Woodworking

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Chapter 1: The Antiquarian’s Early Years

I thought it might be fun to cover a little of my relevant history for you faithful readers and for my son’s future reading.  What follows in Chapter 1 covers the early years of my antiquarian ways and gives some credit where it’s due.  A lot happened during this era, especially hand...

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Victorian Rococo Revival

Queen Victoria’s reign lasted many years and the era that bears her name spans from the early 1800’s through the turn of the century.  Styles changed during that period so saying you like Victorian era furniture actually covers a number of different furniture styles.  For this post I’ll focus on the French Rococo Revival...

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About Finishing Projects

Several years ago, my wife purchased a Bachmann N-scale “Empire Builder” train set for me.  It was a starter set that included a heavy steam locomotive, a small selection of freight cars, a power pack, and an oval of Bachmann’s quick connecting track.  Man was I stoked!    ...

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Documenting Progress

I’ve been restoring antiques since 1992.  In that time we’ve seen tremendous change in our world:  the rise of the internet, cell phones, email, text, social media, GPS navigation, and digital photography just to name a few.  Music transitioned from tape to CD to digital download.  Stealth became American military philosophy...

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The Union X Plane Family is Finally Together

Before moving to our new house, I continued to collect items on my Antique Bucket List and, because I didn’t really have space to work on them, I just put them into storage.  Since space was so limited and since similar items were bought at different times, I didn’t actually store similar items together. ...

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Mixing Beauty Back Into Our Lives

Art Nouveau, Deco, and late Victorian are fascinating design philosophies with their own distinct interpretation of beauty.  Art Nouveau takes its ques from nature with intricate, interwoven organic forms.  The design philosophy of the elves in the recent Lord of the Rings movies was based on Art Nouveau, and...

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The Evolution of Design

At one time, I was gainfully employed making reproduction chain mail armor for one of the leading historical armor retail sales businesses.  Chain mail is made by linking individual rings together to form a metal fabric and tailoring the shape to fit the human form.  It is time consuming...

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Scaling Up From a Picture

About 20 years ago, I was flipping through the pages of woodworking books in the local bookstore and ran across a picture of a turning bow saw the likes of which I had never seen before. I was so inspired by the little bow saw shape that I had...

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