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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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Mandalay Shores, CA
Fishing, surfing, Guitar playing,



"no trees were harmed in the creation of this message, however some electrons were temporarily inconvenienced."

"I resent having to use my brain to do your thinking"


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by Shawn Pixley on 06-01-2015 at 8:08 PM
Well the end seems in sight now. I have a coat of finish on the legs. I also fastened the top handle. So next it was mortising of the hasps and then fashioning the attachment plate.

I cut the mortises for the hasps. I rough out with my Dremel set up for inlay and then pared carefully with a chisel to my layout lines. After mortising, I put a coat of finish down to avoid getting finish on the hasps. I had cast the hasps last fall from bronze. That was a bit frustrating as twice I cracked

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Progress on the Collector's box

by Shawn Pixley on 05-28-2015 at 2:37 PM
I haven't posted on the blog for a while. Between work, travel and a few intervening projects (Guitar, Table, Shoe rack, etc…) I hadn't made much progress recently on the stand. I did cast the hasps and fabricated the pins last fall but didn't take pictures. Well, I sourced the walnut leg material and found some nice straight grained thick QS stock for the legs and started the fabrication.

I worked up the basic design in Sketchup to explore my ideas. I

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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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