The Boggs Bench Blogs

Hand Plane Short List

I received this question in episode 3 of the Ask Brian Boggs Show: What is your favorite bench plane, the Lee Valley, Lie-Neilsen? Well, actually, my favorite bench plane is a one from Konrad Sauer, the Konrad Sauer plane. It’s a little smoothing plane, which is a dream to use. If you can afford to get one of his planes,

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My Favorite Band Saw Blades

I received this question in episode 3 of the Ask Brian Boggs Show: What’s your favorite band saw blade? We have three band saws in the shop, and when I started out I had a 14-inch … Actually, I started out with a 14-inch nickel machinery from Harbor Freight, which has probably found it’s place in the recycling bin by

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Best Steels for Plane Blades

I received this question in episode 3 of the Ask Brian Boggs Show: A-2 steel and PMV-11 are relatively new steels on the market. Do you have a preference for alloys, or would you rather stick with the traditional O-1 steels? I’ve done a lot of experimenting with steels, particularly when I was first started to make spoke chairs for

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The Importance Of Relating To Your Tools

I got a question from Mitch in episode 3 of the Ask Brian Boggs Show, with a little bit of background, he asks: “Have you ever seen Tin Cup?” Yes, I have. “There’s a scene in there where Kevin Costner, as a character, is annoyed, and breaks every one of his golf clubs, except the beloved seven iron. Do you

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Finding Your Furniture Design Style

I received this question in episode 2 of the Ask Brian Boggs Show: How can I direct myself to the right furniture and style of making for me? I think that starting out now would be exponentially more difficult than starting out when I did, and that is because the number of venues for getting you started with a good

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A New Kind Of Connoisseurship

I received this question in episode 2 of the Ask Brian Boggs Show: Brian, looking in your crystal ball, which trends do you see that really interest you, and maybe good trends to pursue? That’s a little dusty to look through at the moment. I don’t see what’s coming. I see what I want to have coming, and there are bits

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Think Beyond The Dominos

I received this question in episode 2 of the Ask Brian Boggs Show: How do you feel about using something like Domino joinery in chairs. I was thinking to do my first chair project like this. Okay. Domino seems to have taken over the world in joinery and I can’t speak to the quality of joints from that system. I

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What I Consider When Building A Chair

I received this question in episode 2 of the Ask Brian Boggs Show: What’s the most important thing to nail when building a chair? Well, there are three things that have to be successful for a chair to be worth making to start with. If it’s a chair it should be comfortable and worth sitting in. It should look good.

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Marketing Woodworking: How I Started

I received this question in episode 2 of the Ask Brian Boggs Show: How did you market yourself when you were starting out, and how would you do it differently if you were starting out today? When I was starting out, I told my neighbor I was making chairs and that pretty much took care of the first year of

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How I Store Wood Shapes for Long-term Use

I received this question in episode 2 of the Ask Brian Boggs Show: How do you store your wood shapes in digital format for long-term use? Martti Honkakoski asked, “In episode one, you said you no longer have much need to prepare prototypes for sit quality of a chair because you have lines, angles and curves recorded. Apart from jigs

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