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Frank Strazza  Building heirloom furniture using solid wood and traditional joinery. Award winning craftsman with over 25 years experience. Custom orders taken.

Creating a stopped sliding dovetail socket in a 17” wide curly maple table leaf. Single plank curly maple for a drop leaf table. I’m dovetailing a batten that will help keep the top flat. Apologies, my camera malfunctioned and cut off the video before I was able to finish. But I used a router plane to create a constant depth. .
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#slidingdovetail #handtoolthursday #dovetail #chisel #curlymaple #routerplane #handsaw #dovetailsaw #craftsman #finewoodworking #art #dropleaftable #custommade

Join me Tuesday May 1st 2018 at 12:00 PM Central Time for a livestream on card scraper sharpening. You can join in the discussion and ask questions. Many of you have asked for a video on the process so I figured this would be a good way to try it out. I’ve never live-streamed on Instagram so we will see how it goes. See you guys at noon! .
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#scrapersharpening #livestream #cardscraper #cardscrapersoversandpaper

When you client says the legs are just a hair to fat, it’s back to the lathe, yes I started with the skew. Sorry to all you purists but this is extremely curly maple and I had to use sandpaper!
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#ineedtohurryup #wearadustmask #lathe #sandpaper #sandingdust #customtable #dropleaftable

African Blackwood is an amazing wood to turn. The polish that comes from the tool is really incredible. Swipe to see the finished product, it’s a conductors baton, made for a wonderful conductor, who also happens to be the head of the music department at @utsamusic
The thickest part of the wood is 7/8” and it’s 2 1/4” in length. The shaft is graphite and was acquired from Custom Batons in MN. The finish is simply buffed Carnauba wax. .
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#conductorbaton #custombaton #baton #africanblackwood #lathe #customturning #orchestra #conductor #symphony #symphonyofthehills

The lowly scraper gets my vote for #handtoolthursday Actually I thought about posting this yesterday for #woodshavingwednesday !
I know I’ve posted a video like this before but I couldn’t help but post another, it always amazes me what beautiful shavings can come from such a simple tool when it’s sharpened correctly! And this is extremely curly maple to boot!
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#cardscraper #sharptools #curlymaple #handscraped #sharp #finewoodworking #scraper #woodscraper #custommade #dropleaftable

Joinery! These are all the parts that I’ve recently been hand cutting and fitting for the base of a drop leaf table in solid curly maple. The joinery includes half blind dovetails, hinged knuckle joints and mortise and tenons. The cabriole legs are offset turned and hand carved. .
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#dovetails #dropleaftable #handcut #handfit #mortiseandtenon #finewoodworking #halfblinddovetails #handsaw #chisel #curlymaple

Hinged knuckle joints for a drop leaf table in progress. Many thanks for the great new video by @lienielsentoolworks with David Charlesworth. His instruction is great. Layout is critical. (Second pic) .
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#dropleaftable #hingedknucklejoint #woodenhinge #finewoodworking #newskills #curlymaple

Putting the first coat of finish on is always a rewarding experience, watching the curl pop and seeing the colors come alive. I’m finishing the center stretcher for the canoe stand for @preszlerwoodshop
The finish will consist of several steps but the start is applying 50/50 mixture of linseed oil and mineral spirits. I’ve heated the mixture in my glue pot which helps with the penetration and application. .
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#wooodfinish #woodworking #woodfinishing #canoestand #linseedoil #handrubbed

Turning some offset cabriole legs with a turned/carved pad foot in extremely curly maple. Here’s a little tip to help tame the wild grain using my “secret” solution and a skew! Mind you this wood is bone dry but the solution softens the fibers very nicely. You’ll have to listen to the audio on the video to get the recipe! 😉

“Marriage marks” are a term you often heard referred in timber framing circles. I know @heritagerestorations has posted about them before. But it was a way craftsman kept track of the joinery, often striking out Roman numerals with the same chisel they had in hand, the one they were using to do the joinery with.
Here I’ve used the same technique to keep track of the tenon as well as which wedge goes with the tenon and I’ve also marked the inside portion near the mortise with Roman numerals, so @preszlerwoodshop will be able to quickly assemble his canoe stand!
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#canoe #canoestand #curlymaple #mortiseandtenon #chisel #woodworkingchisel #handshaped #timberframing

Here’s a sneak peak of @preszlerwoodshop canoe stand in the white. I still have to do some fine tuning and it still needs the straps which will be custom made by @txheritage Also stay tuned for some extra little details that will be added!
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#canoestand #custommade #handmade #finewoodworking #bentwood #boatmaking #curlymaple #customdesign #originaldesign #mortiseandtenon #wedgedtenons

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