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The purpose of this site is to share information, offer inspiration and to help my fellow woodworkers.

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All the best to you in your woodworking endeavors,

 

- David J. Marks



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Impressive Customer Review of WoodWorks Season 5 DVD

Posted Oct.20, 2014

WoodWorks Season 5

We recently received a very impressive customer review of our WoodWorks Season 5 DVD.  His feedback gives a great overview of the DVD and of what he feels our DVD offers to fellow woodworkers.  He starts off comparing WoodWorks Season 5 DVD to our Marquetry & Inlay DVD.

From Gary Bell, Kansas:

I must say that David’s DVD entitled “Double Bevel Marquetry” is without a doubt the best DVD that he has ever produced.Wait a minute, you might say to yourself; “I thought this was a review of “Woodworks Season 5” DVD?

Correct.  This review starts with a reference to the “Double Bevel Marquetry” DVD [here after referred to as “DBM”] because any of David’s fans/students who have any interest at all in DBM, undoubtedly were introduced to it as they first watched “Woodworks Season 5” episode 508 when it aired on DIY.  And, having acquired a taste for DBM would have then had that yen for DBM satiated either with a class at David’s studio [like me] or by later purchasing the DBM DVD [like me].

As I watched 508, I nostalgically said to myself, “Yep, this is where it all started!”

But it is not just DBM.  It is also bent lamination, joinery, wood grain and wood movement, coopering, design, chair geometry, inlay, fixing mistakes and applying finishes.

To read the full review: Blog Entries

 

Making Woodworking Information More Accessible

Posted September 30, 2014

Contemporary Dining Chair Episode 507

WoodWorks Episode 507 Contemporary Dining Chair

Most woodworkers would agree that if there were more people doing woodworking, the world would be a better place. In an effort to make high quality woodworking education more affordable for everyone, we are now offering all of our WoodWorks Episodes Digital Downloads  for $4.99 per episode. Each digital download gives step by step information on how to build a specific project.

WoodWorks Episode 406 Sculpted Elliptical Mirror

WoodWorks Episode 406 Sculpted Elliptical Mirror

WoodWorks Episode 312 Cherry Corner Shelf

WoodWorks Episode 312 Cherry Corner Shelf

WoodWorks episode 206 Burl Veneer Occasional Table

WoodWorks Episode 206 Burl Veneer Occasional Table

WoodWorks Episode 111 Copper Top Hall Table

WoodWorks Episode 111
Copper Top Hall Table

Follow Up to Turned Bowl with Ebony Rim Article: How to Glue On A Waste Block

 

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Posted September 29, 2014 by David J. Marks

I received an excellent question from a woodturner who had read my article Turned Bowl with Ebony Rim  in our September 2014 newsletter:/

I was just getting ready to turn a bowl from a blank that is not much thicker than the desired depth. This was leaving me nothing for the usual tenons.  I asked the turning fellows in my woodworking club about gluing a waste block on the bottom and they thought I was crazy. In your latest (September 2014) newsletter, I see you are doing just that with your “Turned Bowl with Ebony Rim.

Couple of questions:

1) How do you form the 3 inch to 4 inch flat spot for the gluing?  

2)What glue do you use?  

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Regards,

 Andrew

To Read My Response: Blog Entries

WoodWorks Pieces On Display

Posted September 9, 2014

Episode 303 Contemporary Walnut Bench with Copper & Patina Bases.

Episode 303 Contemporary Walnut Bench with Copper & Patina Bases.

David will have 4 pieces that he created for his television show WoodWorks on display at the Big Ideas 1950 – 1970: influences in modern ceramics show at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts on September 11 – October 25, 2014.

In addition, David and his fellow Bench Doggs will be performing at the opening reception on Thursday Sept. 11 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Location: 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472 (707 829 4797

Episode 310 Inlaid Corner Table.

Episode 310 Inlaid Corner Table.

WoodWorks Episode 401 Bent Laminate Shelf Stand.

WoodWorks Episode 401 Bent Laminate Shelf Stand.

WoodWorks Episode 404 Cherry Sofa Table.

WoodWorks Episode 404 Cherry Sofa Table.

If you would like to build these pieces, you can purchase the individual episode digital download or the full season DVD for step by step instructions:

Season 3 Individual Episodes Digital Downloads

WoodWorks Season 3 DVD

Season 4 Individual Episodes Digital Downloads

WoodWorks Season 4 DVD

 

We’re All Climbing the Ladder Together

Posted August 30, 2014

David Marks Performing Demo for Sonoma County Woodworkers Association

 

David was recently interviewed by Dan Farnbach for his August 12,2014 Blog in Popular Woodworking.

Dan’s first question for this informative Q & A:

“What are the most notable changes in the studio furniture world during the course of your career?”

To read the full Q & A : “We’re All Climbing the Ladder Together”

 

 2014 Gilding & Chemical Patination Class Photos

Posted August 8, 2014

Student project.

Student project.

We now have posted pictures from David’s recent 3 days hands on Gilding & Chemical Patination class he taught on July 18 – 20, 2014.  Take a look at the wonderful work the students created: 2014 Gilding & Chemical Patination Class Photos

 

The Creative Process:
Expanding Yourself as a Designer

Written by David J. Marks/ Posted July 30, 2014

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I believe that design is the ultimate frontier in woodworking.  We live in a time that finds many people with the resources to set up a shop at home. It is amazing to see how many people are able to outfit their shops with a lot of the tools they need due to the fact that the majority of power tools are now made in China and have become affordable to the masses.

So once we all have shops and we all have similar tools and wood, the question is: How do we differentiate our work from someone else’s?How do we create individual designs that makes the statement that this person’s work is unique and deserves to be recognized as an object of art?

To read the full post: Blog Entries