Wood Carving Basics -- How to Carve a Swedish Dala Horse

If you want to learn to wood carve, making a Swedish Dala Horse is a great place to start. It's a simple form that can be carved in an afternoon. I have made it an annual tradition in my wood shop to carve one Dala horse during the holiday season, and give it away to a friend. This year, my good friend Anne of All Trades invited me to her shop to hang out and talk carving. Anne is an amazing woodworker and organic farmer, so I couldn't think of a person more appropriate to give this years horse to.

While at Anne's shop I introduced her to the basics of power carving. We shot a video of that as well, so check that out here: https://youtu.be/Bjfgbor1OzI If you have any questions about carving, feel free to ask them in the comments bellow.

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-Michael-

Wooden Feather Ornaments for the Holidays

Happy Holidays!

Ashley and I made wooden feather ornaments for our friends and family this holiday season. They are made from stacked wood veneer that has been glued together. This project can easily be done with other materials as well, like paper, or cardboard.

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-Michael-

How to build a shadowbox picture frame

In this video I finish off the wooden barn owl wings by building a maple shadowbox frame for them. This piece will be on display at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco starting Dec 15, 2018, through January 4, 2019. If you are in the Bay Area, go check it out!

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-Michael-

DIY Table Saw Cabinet for a Saw Stop

I really wanted to build a storage cabinet for my saw that moved along with the mobile base. This is my solution and it's working great! If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments bellow.

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-Michael-

Wooden Owl Wings

In this video I build a set of barn owl wings. This is all made from wood and the veneers are cherry, maple, walnut, and dyed bird's eye maple. This piece will be on display at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco starting Dec 15, 2018, through January 4, 2019. If you are in the Bay Area, go check it out!

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-Michael-

Building an out-feed table for a Saw Stop

This week I built an out-feed table for my new cabinet saw. This is a quick, and fun build that I was able to make out of scraps in my shop.

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-Michael-

Building the Burning Bease

In this video, I collaborate with my good friend Arne Phil to build a 32 foot tall beast out of scrap materials from construction sites. Burning Beast is the annual fundraiser for a local not-for-profit, Smoke Farm. The centerpiece of the event every year is a large wooden animal that gets burned to the ground at the end of the festival. See how we construct this massive structure in a week and then burn it in 30min. The burn was done under safe conditions with experienced people. Please, do not attempt this yourself.

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-Michael-

Reclaimed Cedar Planter Bench

In this video I build a custom planter bench with a two tear raised bed in the back. I have been thinking about this project for three years now, and when some friends tore out their deck, and asked if I wanted the cedar, I knew I could finally build it! The total footprint of the piece is 12' x 7'. The bench itself is 9' long. Plenty of room for my friends when I host BBQs.

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-Michael-

Patterned Plywood Storage Chest

This is my entry into the Modern Maker Podcast Rockler Plywood Challenge. In this video I build a patterned storage chest using the end grain from one sheet of euro-birch plywood. This project was a blast, and I'm excited to try other patterns in the future. Thanks to the Modern Maker Podcast for putting on this challenge, and thank you for watching. If you want to see more from this challenge, follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAr28... THANKS! -Michael-

Introducing the Murphy Bar

In this video I build a folding "Murphy Bar." It is designed as a classic midcentury piece that opens to display your liquor bottles and glasses with a large bar top you can sit at and enjoy a drink. When you need some extra space, the bar top can fold away, revealing a storage cabinet below. It is made from walnut, with brass hardware. The finish is 5 coats Waterlox. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.

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-Michael-