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    Would you be amenable/interested in providing some input on a rather large live edge table I am working on? I don't really want to throw it out on a forum but have appreciated your comments in the past and have been impressed by the quality of design and craftsmanship in your own work.
    This piece has a couple of interesting constructibility/joinery issues that i would like to discuss with you. If you would consider this an imposition in any way I fully understand. BTW- I grew up at the beach (Hawaii & Santa Monica) and rode for Hap Jacobs back in the sixties.
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    Shawn... I sent your payment. Thanks
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just plain evil
Mandalay Shores, CA
Fishing, surfing, Guitar playing,



"no trees were harmed in the creation of this message, however some electrons were temporarily inconvenienced."
"a little mayhem breaks up the ennui of everyday life"

"adventure is hardship seen from a distance"


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Sketchup and the design process

by Shawn Pixley on 08-04-2014 at 2:57 PM
From 2011: There was a spirited discussion in the design forum around using SketchUp vs drawing by hand. I am a proponent of designing by hand, so if something else works for you, do it. First, I should explain that I never use anyone else's plans unless I am taking a class. I am also an Architect, Artist and Musician which may give some insight as to my nonconformist attitudes. I am not trying to espouse that you should design this way or that this way is the best, but merely that this is my way.

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Design on the fly

by Shawn Pixley on 11-09-2013 at 9:12 PM
I usually design things out. Sometimes, however I just work on the fly. LOML wanted a bench and a mat for our entry. I had a couple of slabs that I picked up a couple of years ago. Time to get to work.

The first was a slab of urban forested California Pepper. It was ~3" thick and ~6' long with a wane edge on each side. It also had some serious checks in the ends. It did however have a crotch and some nice spalt. First was to stabilize the piece. I had it stored for two years and

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Cabinet Almost Complete

by Shawn Pixley on 08-19-2013 at 7:55 PM
I (mostly) finished up a while ago but didn't get to posting until now. The cabinet is assembled and loaded with Guitars. I am debating a couple changes. I may build a slightly different Guitar Base support. I will also add my interior lights. It works as planned...

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Finishing the race...

by Shawn Pixley on 02-09-2013 at 4:12 PM
Let me start by saying that finishing isn't my favorite activity. Unfortunately, when I have tried to hurry this, I have regretted it. So this was a lesson in patience. My shop is my garage and we still park cars there, so I would finish this up in the room where it will stay. The piece is so massive that I would finish the pieces in stages building up from the base. I have been increasingly happy with oil / varnish mixtures wiped on with many light coats. I particularly like the textures that are

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Details, details, details...

by Shawn Pixley on 02-09-2013 at 3:35 PM
After the completion of the main portion of work, I find it easy to fall into the trap of, "let's start finishing." There were still a number of details and small components left to be part of my concept. One of the design intents was to draw the eye up to the glass display cabinet. Therefore the pulls needed to be a bit more special than the drawer pulls below. I experimented with casting some bronze in Cuttlestone.

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