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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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There's nothing like the chatoyancy of freshly handplaned curly maple for this #woodshavingwednesday . The only way I have to flatten this near 18" wide board was with my trusty @lienielsentoolworks No 8 jointer. Dropleaf table build...
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#dropleaftable #lienielsentoolworks #curlymaple #handplaned #handplane #jointer #chatoyant #chatoyance #widelumber

It's always great to see one of my benches in actual use! Some people have commented that they would be scared to use the bench for fear of messing it up but that's what benches are for. Sometimes it's good to have a nice bench to use and draw inspiration from while you work. Thanks Rob @circlecitywoodworking for posting these pics! .
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Repost from @circlecitywoodworking using @RepostRegramApp - Starting to put the legs together for the #farmhousetable bench. Guess you can never have enough layout tools. A great bench also helps @strazzafurniture. I figured one side out, now the other 4 should go much faster. #vespertools #starretttools

Starting a project is always the hardest part. Especially when you have to decide where to cut a 15ft curly maple board that's nearly 18" wide! Follow along as I build an 18th century drop leaf table with offset turned cabriole legs. .
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#dropleaftable #customfurniture #curlymaple #handmade #craftsman #custommade #18thcentury #18thcenturyfurniture #finewoodworking #dropleaftablebuild

Hot off the press! Just in time for the holidays, if you have that special person that would like a bit of an over-the-top @benchcrafted hi-vice with a touch of class! The wood is African Mahogany (Sapele) with Holly stringing inlaid. The back support is curly maple, with handcut dovetails. This vise can be clamped to any table or bench with a thickness range of 1/2" up to 5 1/4" thickness. It's raises your working height 10" above your normal bench top so it's great for doing smaller detailed projects. The jaws are lined with leather suede for maximum holding power. Please DM me if your seriously interested! . UPDATE: this one is SOLD, if you would like another please shoot me a message! .
#woodworkingvise #hivise #benchcrafted #inlay #handcutdovetails #dovetails #custommade #finewoodworking #woodworkergift #holidaygifts #mangifts

Look what just came in the mail! I've been waiting 2 years for this book and I've got to say it was worth the wait. @marymaywoodcarving has simply outdone herself with the incredible amount of attention to detail and the information she has poured into this book. I can't imagine writing a book of this magnitude! It should come as no surprise when you look at Mary's carvings that her book would be of the same level of quality. Thank you Mary and the entire team @lostartpress for producing another masterpiece, one that will certainly go down in history as a landmark book in any woodworkers library!
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#woodcarver #acanthusleaf #carvedacanthus #woodworkingbooks #bestcarvingbook #marymay #lostartpress

A bit of inlay work today. Simple tools of the trade, including a 1/32" chisel I made and a simple scratch stock made from an old bandsaw blade. Sawn holly to be inlaid in African Mahagony (Sapele) stay tuned to see more of this project. .
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#inlay #holly #mahogany #handmade #toolsofthetrade #handmadetools #inlaytools

Here's a set of giant courtyard gates that I just completed and installed. Solid 2 1/4" thick African Mahogany (Sapele) with 3/4" thick tenons that are 3 1/2" thick. Pinned all the way through with oak pegs. The center panels are tongue and grooved with plenty of expansion room. The outside X Braces were what the client wanted and are simply screwed and plugged with holes large enough to allow for expansion as well. Believe me these things were extremely heavy, every time I had to move them around the shop or flip them over to put another coat of finish, it was a grand feat! I hand applied 4 coats of Spar Varnish. I also applied a thick copper piece along the top edge to help protect against the weather. .
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#customgates #courtyardgates #finehomebuilding #finwoodworking #keepcraftalive #outdoorgates #woodengates #gates #mahogany #customwoodwork #sparvarnish

Coupled with the Moxon vise for holding wide boards and of course the wagon tail vise, you've got the best clamping options around. Including the best quick release vise on the market! You might not realize but @benchcrafted leg vise is actually better then any quick release vise. Over the past 25 years of working wood day in and day out I've had the opportunity to use many different vises, from the old shop Wilton vises to chain vises and even the old standby Record 52 and 53s. I still have some of those vises on different benches. Sure,the traditional Record quick release works fast for moving in and out large distances. But on a typical day, for most work your only moving a short distance. So my conclusion is if the benchcrafted leg vise if installed correctly, is the fastest, quickest vise around. With a simple flick of the hand you can release the vise and also tighten it back up for an extremely positive strong hold. (Disclaimer, @benchcrafted didn't pay me to write the above comments!)
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#benchcrafted #roubo #moxon #moxonvise #handcutdovetails #dovetails #handmade #quickreleasevise #workbench #custommade #finewoodworking #preservetradition #preservecraftsmanship #keepcraftalive

A dog for every hole! Although it's a little more work I prefer to supply my benches with a dog in each hole. When you are working on your bench it can be frustrating to have to hunt around for a dog because inevitably it will be trapped underneath the piece your trying to clamp. These dogs are mixed breed, Sipo with maple springs. .
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#benchdogs #workbench #rouboworkbench #benchcrafted #splittoproubo #handmade #craftsman #finewoodworking #handplaned #craftsmanship #keepcraftalive #dovetails #houndstoothdovetail #handcut #preservetradition

Here is a split top Roubo bench I just delivered in its new setting. The primary wood is beech with a poplar base. The front chop is hard maple and the dovetailed end cap is walnut. The base is painted with traditional milk paint, black over red. I then applied coats of a Linseed oil mixture. The hardware is non other then @benchcrafted cast hardware. I will post a few more pics soon. .
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#roubobench #workbench #dovetails #handcutdovetails #houndstoothdovetail #handmade #custommade #craftsman #traditional #keepcraftalive #preservetradition #finewoodworking #benchcrafted

Here's a #woodshavingwednesday TIP. I sometimes find that if I hold the shavings in the mouth of the plane while planing a bench top or large surface, it makes for a much cleaner area while planing. I'm taking very thin cuts and so I can plane for sometime while the shavings bunch up in my fist before I simply take the handful to the trash can. The second picture simply shows the compressed shavings if I let go of them! I only find this technique helpful when I'm planing a large surface and I don't want the shavings to get caught under the plane or get in my way while I'm working. .
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#handplane #workbench #finewoodworking #beech #lienielsen #jointerplane #craftsman #handmade #flatteningwood

Card scraping hard maple for a Moxon vise. I post a lot of videos in high speed but here's one with a bit of slow motion for you! I absolutely love the versatility of this most simple tool. However the edge is not so simple, I will try to post a video ( probably high speed) on sharpening a scraper. .
#scraper #cardscraper #handtool #maple #workbench #finewoodworking #Moxon #handmade #sharp

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