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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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Just over 2 years ago I was encouraged by @anneofalltrades to start an Instagram account. My first post was this picture of a piece I had built. Well I am humbled that so many of you have chosen to follow along and see my work, I never thought I'd hit 20 thousand! Many thanks to all of you for your likes and comments! I plan to do a giveaway soon to celebrate. Oh and back to the piece in the picture, I built this several years back, made from genuine mahogany, figured satinwood and holly. The roses are handcut marquetry with no paint, dye or stain. The woods included in the roses are pink ivory, box elder, maple, lignum vitae, poplar, cocobolo, satinwood and I'm probably forgetting a few more.
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#rosestables #20kfollowers #thankyou #finewoodworking #handcut #marquetry #inlay #dovetails #halltable #woodworking #craftsman #craftsmanship #handmade #customfurniture

Setting a solid brass hinge on an entry door that I just completed. This door is built from solid Sapele wood and will be painted. Although one often associates cutting door hinges with a router, hand methods can be faster, more accurate and safer for humans and for the door! .
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#finehomebuilding #door #entrydoor #customdoor #hinge #handmortise #chisel #handchopped #finewoodworking

Working on a collaboration with @jacobyfineviolins let's just say there's soon to be many jealous violin makers! Most of my projects start with a rough pencil sketch where I throw down my thoughts and ideas, including notes and even questions to myself. I'll then go back with more ideas and drawings. After I'm comfortable with the rough design I'll then draw it up in SketchUp or just find someone else's drawing in the free SketchUp warehouse and then modify it as I've done here! .
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#workbench #customworkbench #fancyworkbench #inlay #violinmaker #cellomaker #cellobuild #roubobenchbuild #rouboworkbench #sketchup #handdrawn #pencilsketches #collaboration #craftsmen #craftsmencollaboration

Here's the finished curly maple bowsaw made for violin maker @cossmann_violins_austin pictured with one of Julian's violins that he made while attending violin making school. He hopes to be able to eventually diminish the use of his bandsaw and use the bowsaw for cutting all the curved elements of the violin, i.e. Scroll and top and bottom plates. The hardware was provided by @toolsforworkingwood. Notice the curved tenon shoulders which allow the two posts to pivot while tensioning the blade with the string and toggle. If you need a turning bowsaw I highly recommend Tools for working wood hardware, they also have some great downloadable plans for crafting the wooden part. .
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#bowsaw #handmade #handmadetools #violinmaking #madeintexas #curlymaple #handsaw #localmade #craftsmanship #localcraftsman #texascraft

Making a curly maple bowsaw for violin maker @cossmann_violins_austin using the bowsaw blades from @toolsforworkingwood I've included several of the process pictures including marking, cutting and the final fit of a curved tenon shoulder! There's lots of hand shaping with subtle concave and convex curves that make this little saw a beauty. Stay tuned to see it completed.
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#bowsaw #violinmaker #handmadetools #curlymaple #handsaw #craftsman

Here's a #throwbackthursday fitting a massive 6 1/2" solid maple workbench top onto the sliding dovetails in the legs! This was about a week ago today when I was up in the cooler parts of the country in Minnesota. Now it's back to Texas where temps are trying to push triple digits! Although this bench was patterned after the popular Roubo workbench it was upsized on a grand scale and is as solid as a rock. Look at my previous posts to see completed pics of the bench. Would you like a bench this big? 👍👎
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#roubobench #rouboworkbench #roubo #dovetail #slidingdovetail #massivebench #massiveroubo #craftsmanship #handmade #maple #cherry #woodtable #solidasarock #keepcraftalive #finewoodworking

My cousin and I had such an awesome time with Silas Kopf. It's not everyday that you get to ride in your woodworking hero's restored Ford model T! Make sure to turn the volume up for the complete experience! .
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#woodworkinghero #amazingcraftsmanship #fordmodelt #woodworkinginspiration #silaskopf #restoredcar

I had a wonderful visit yesterday with one of my biggest woodworking inspirations! I consider Silas Kopf a friend and have had the rare opportunity to study with him. I also believe he is an international living treasure, he's an amazing artist who uses wood as his medium and his brush is the saw. He's currently working on a piece that will eventually land in Hong Kong. It's also not everyday that you get to ride with him in his Grandfathers restored Ford Model T! It was a fabulous time and I left inspired to continue the marquetry work that I started a couple years ago when I took a class with the master. If you are not familiar with his work, a quick Google search in images will reveal the most amazing wood art work you've ever seen. He's also got a wonderful book that I highly recommend, "A Marquetry Odyssey". .
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#silaskopf #silaskopfmarquetry #marquetry #inlay #craftsmanship #craftsman #modelt #fordmodelt #amazing #amazingcraftsmanship #woodworkinginspiration

Here's a few more pictures of the massive bench that we finished building this past week. The top is solid maple 6 1/2" thick by 29" wide and 98" long. The end caps and legs are solid cherry. The inlay is cocobolo lettering and stringing inlaid into fiddleback anigre. End caps are held on each end with 3 sets of houndstooth dovetails. The legs are fastened to the top with giant dovetail/tenons and the base has huge mortise and tenons that are pegged with oak pins. The hardware was supplied by none other then @benchcrafted !
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#roubobench #dovetail #houndstoothdovetail #handmade #basementworkshop #keepcraftalive #marquetry #massivebench #massiveroubo #maple #cherry #benchcrafted #mortiseandtenon #craftsman #craftsmanship

From MACRO to micro! It took a little while to transfer mentally and physically from the 2" wide chisel, 3 lb sledge and giant joinery to a 1/2 mm drill bit and a miniature blade while having to use tweezers to move wood around! The woods for the inlay are cocobolo and fiddleback anigre. I edited this little video 30,000 ft above the earth, flying back after an exhausting but rewarding week of bench making. Enjoy! .
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#rouboworkbench #roubobench #keepcraftalive #handmade #basementworkshop #inlay #marquetry #craftsman #craftsmanship

A bench in seven years and seven days! My customer said he started this bench seven years ago and he hired me to help him finish it up, I arrived seven days ago and cut the top to size, tenoned the ends, cut houndstooth dovetails, cut 4 sliding dovetails through a 6 1/2" top, chopped 8 giant mortise and tenons by hand, fit a tail vise and leg vise and the list goes on! I finished up late last night by inlaying the customers name in the bench. Don't ask how many hours we worked, let's just say it's good to see the light of day! It was quite a marathon but very rewarding and needless to say the customer was very happy with the end result... more pics to follow.
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#massivebench #massiveroubo #travelingcraftsman #basementworkshop #handmade #keepcraftalive #roubobench #rouboworkbench

Final placement of the top on the bench which will double as a tornado shelter! This top is solid maple 6 1/2" thick by 29" wide and 98" long. The top is held in place by gravity. Seriously there are 4 sliding dovetails/mortises that we waxed, prior to fitting. Even though each leg was fit individually there were countless variables that could have caused this to go wrong, needless to say we were elated when it slipped down perfectly. The bench is absolutely rock solid! .
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#roubobenchbuild #rouboworkbench #slidingdovetail #dovetail #preservetradition #keepcraftalive #craftsman #handmade #basementworkshop #travelingcraftsman #massiveroubo #massivebench

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