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Live-Edge Keyboard Tray

I just finished a desk commissioned by some clients who wanted the piece to be made from a walnut log they’d had lying around a few years – in other words, longer than ideal. They had it sawn and kiln-dried this summer and brought the boards out to my shop in...

Live Edge Waterfall Coffee Table: Conclusion

Drilling a mortise, gluing and finishing a live-edge waterfall coffee table. A few months ago I began telling you stories of the furniture built in the live-edge class that I taught at Peters Valley this past summer. Among the furniture created there was a waterfall mitered coffee table that my assistant,...

Reinforcing & Gluing a Waterfall Miter Joint

Once you finish creating a nice miter joint, then comes the time to think about making the joint stronger. As glue alone will not suffice, adding splines or keys in between the two banks of the miter can ensure a long lasting joint. If you have a Festool Domino this is...

George Nakashima’s Furniture: A Documentary by Danielle Ohad

It is by mere coincidence that as I am about to wrap up my recent bundle of blog entries about live-edge design, my friend Daniella Ohad is releasing her highly engaging documentary about George Nakashima. Nakashima was (and still is) considered to be the greatest live edge furniture maker and one of the most famous American designers...

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Live Edge Class Part 5: Chad’s Coffee Table (A)

Walnut is probably my favorite wood. It is rich in color and texture, easy to work with, grows domestically and has the right density and strength to serve well in almost every woodworking deployment. So, when Chad showed me the walnut slabs that he brought over to our class I immediately...