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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.

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Here's a few clips from my marquetry demo at #handworks2017 I'm using the double bevel method with curly maple and Peruvian walnut. The compass is from Joseph Moxon and is the logo from @lostartpress Music is from Kristin Scott Benson off her album "Straight Paths" and the track is appropriately called "The Woodchoppers Reel"! Many thanks to @benchcrafted for putting on such a fabulous event. And thanks to all those who came out to support "Handworks"! .
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#doublebevelmarquetry #woodart #handcrafted #finewoodworking #fretsaw #moxon #lostartpress #josephmoxon #walnut #maple #inlay #craftsmanship #craftsman #artist #marquetry

What a wonderful time at #handworks2017 today! Thank you guys so much for coming out and watching my demos. I really enjoyed meeting so many great people and seeing so many familiar faces! Pictured on the top left is Nancy @nrhiller I'm honored to have a signed copy of one of her new books, can't wait to read it! It was great to meet chair maker and all around great guy Russ Fillbeck. He has built furniture with former president Jimmy Carter! And no Handworks show is complete without the legendary Roy Underhill! I was reading and absorbing Roys books ever since I was a teenager! On the top right corner is an inlay demo I did during the show today. It's maple with Peruvian walnut inlaid, all cut out using a fret saw, hopefully @lostartpress doesn't come after me for copyright infringement! 😉😀

Come to the corner of the Festhalle barn at #handworks2017 to see this sample bench corner. I'll be demonstrating hand cutting needlepoint half blind dovetails as well as double bevel marquetry. You'll find me to the right of Benchcrafted's booth and to the left of Veritas. I Look forward to seeing you all for another great day at Handworks!
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#houndstoothdovetail #woodart #dovetail #handcut #woodshow #inlay #marquetry #doublebevelmarquetry

The wife of Dr. Jim Moon shows off her husbands exquisite work! This reproduction of Studley's tool chest was one of the highlights of #handworks2017 for me! Dr. Moon said he completed the chest in just 6 months! Come back tomorrow if you missed this piece of art, it's in the furniture shop. In the beginning of the video she is showing us the oil stone holder, then a little "junk" drawer made from ebony and holly. Jim said that @lostartpress book on Studley's tool chest enabled him to be able to build it.
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#awesome #toolchest #studley #studleytoolchest #finewoodworking #bestwork #handcrafted #exquisite #art #amazing #love #incredible #woodart #finetools

Gluing up a complex dovetail should be a stress free event, so pick some soothing music and "keep calm and glue on"! I've found hot hide glue to really be my best friend when gluing up a tight joint like this. The glue helps lubricate the joint, unlike PVA glues that will sometimes actually freeze the joint before your able to hammer it home. The proper consistency of the glue is important, not too thin or too thick, as you can see in the video, if it runs off the brush in a steady, unbroken stream, your good. I'm using high clarity glue, 192 gram strength with no added urea. I've used premixed hide glue but I much prefer the hot hide glue you mix yourself. Their are countless uses for the hot hide glue. Come to Handworks in Amana Iowa this Friday and Saturday to see the finished joint. You will find me next to the Benchcrafted booth on Saturday. See you there!
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#dovetail #houndstoothdovetail #craftsman #maple #woodworking #hardmaple #handworks #handworks2017 #keepcraftalive #classicalmusic #keepcalmand____ #preservetradition #handcut #handcutdovetails #finewoodworking #music #nofilter #instacool #picoftheday #fun #glueup #hideglue #art

Here's another video, this time cutting the tails of a houndstooth dovetail in hard maple...a little slower going then my walnut video! My preferred saw is my 14" Disston tenon rip saw. It cuts great in the thick hard maple. I am cutting the waste out with the coping saw above the line and then I'll trim down to the line with a chisel. I'll be bringing this dovetailed corner along with me on the plane to Handworks this weekend. I'll be doing the touristy thing on Friday and then I'll be set up next to @Benchcrafted on Saturday, doing some little demos on inlay and dovetails, as well as talking about my benches and furniture. I'm looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones!!
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#handworks #handworks2017 #houndstoothdovetail #dovetail #finewoodworking #keepcraftalive #saw#woodworking #maple #hardmaple #craftsman

In my many years of cutting dovetails I hardly remember cutting through, protruding dovetails. I took my inspiration from @pekovichwoodworks for this walnut case. I'm chamfering the ends prior to hammering the joint home. One must be careful not to blow out the grain with the plane or chisel. You'll notice I'm skewing the tools slightly and finessing the grain towards the end of the cut. I will also say these are much less forgiving then flush dovetails because you can't "fill" any minor imperfections, they have got to be perfect! .

#dovetails #throughdovetails #handcut #chisel #plane #blockplane #customwoodworking #finewoodworking #walnut

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there! I made the mesquite box in the foreground a couple years ago, I like to give mom roses that don't fade! 😀The rose was done using marquetry with sand shaded petals. The plaque in the background was made recently out of walnut, simply cut out with the scrollsaw.
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#marquetry #marquetryroses #inlay #mothersday #mothersdaygift #mothersdaygifts #scrollsaw #walnut #mesquitebox #inlaidbox #finewoodworking #customwoodworking

Here's a close up cutting some dovetails in walnut. I've used a lot of dovetail saws over the years but my favorite is one I found on eBay for 9.99, I was the only bidder! Of course I had to sharpen and set it. A coping saw removes the waste by sawing slightly above the line, then I pair right to the base line with a chisel. I'm using a fine coping saw blade that I get from Sears Craftsman. I've found they work quite well. I think Pegas makes a good coping saw blade too. .
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#dovetails #handcut #handcutdovetails #saw #copingsaw #finewoodworking #keepcraftalive #walnut #moxonvise

Here's a video showing the different steps it takes to create an inlaid fan. These were quite popular during the Federal period and can be found on several pieces from the late 1700s and early 1800s. You'll notice in the video that I am dipping the edges into extremely hot sand to burn the edges. Again this is a very old technique, simply referred to as sand shading. If you followed my story yesterday, I was inlaying the fans into a little walnut desk top that I am building.
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#inlay #woodinlay #sandshading #marquetry #curlymaple #federalfurniture #federalperiod #finewoodworking #keepcraftalive #preservetradition #howtovideo #woodworkingtips #woodworking #woodworkingvideo #saw #handsaw #chisel #handwork #handmade #handtools #handcarved #handcrafted #desk #woodart

This carved eagle tried to take flight! Here's the finished carving that I did back in my younger days, about 9 years ago. It was fully handcarved in basswood and the wing span was 4 ft. This was one of 5, all of which were silver leafed and used for decorations in a special house. .
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#handcarved #carvedeagle #customcarving #woodcarving #carvedbird #woodeagle

My marquetry eagle project reminded me of a very special project I got to do about 9 years ago. Several carved eagles with 4 ft wing spans, all hand carved! I'll share a finished picture in the next post.
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#handcarved #eagle #handcarvedeagle #woodcarving #birdsofinstagram #carvingtools

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