jrusten My preference is always wood:wood drawer slides, but these are kinda cool. Platform bed nightstands/drawers. 5d

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jrusten Bay detail on this just-finished small CA table... not exactly to scale, but just wide enough for a nimble finger and a sheet of sandpaper. 6d
  •   jrusten @roostaahh @_dorno_ yes, all of those things- rough jig-saw, flush-trim/template, etc. 1.75" thick... going to try some cnc versions soon thanks to @jcollection 6d
  •   _dorno_ Awesome thank you for replying!! I emailed you a few weeks ago it might have gone to spam or something. How did you do draw the coastline before you cut it ? Did you use a stencil or freehand ? 6d
  •   alistjules nice one 5d
  •   roostaahh Where do you find a flush trim bit that size? That bit must be huge! I made a product that I sell, with a similar process, and I cut out a 3/4" plywood map of the U.S. With a router and a template underneath, and I keep breaking the bearing on the flush trim bit... Maybe it's heating up too much, I dunno, maybe the bit is just crap. I get them from Home Depot. But the constant breaking of the bits is throwing off my production, I'd love some advice on this. 5d
  •   o1crane @roostaahh Start with the template on top and use a flush cut with the bearing on top to cut a channel 1/8 or 1/4" deep...maybe a pass or two. Then remove your template and saw out the waste as close as you can, and then you can flip the piece over and now use a bottom mounted bearing flushtrim, that will ride along the path you've cut using the template and top mounted. Hope that makes sense. 5d
  •   jrusten @o1crane @roostaahh a flush trim bit with a 2" cutting length isn't hard to find....Whiteside, CMT, Amana, Freud, etc all make great bits you can find on Amazon or tons of other online retailers. 5d
  •   victorairway Ah, I miss the bay. Now in portland, I love looking at your table and especially this detail to remind me of home. 4d

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jrusten 2/3 Mulligrubs reunion at our holiday party last night. Thanks for the pic @robyndobyn! 2w

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jrusten @dusdincondren and I have been working on a film for the last few months...this set-up is going to be funny. #modernrockingchair 2w

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jrusten Underside of one of the new "Moonshine" cocktail tables w/cast bronze legs. I have to tip my hat to @bddw_etc who originally and most expertly proliferated the solution of using cast parts for fine furniture (at least as far as I know.) I wasn't anxious to get into working with metal, but I wanted a small table heavy and stable enough that it wouldn't be knocked over by a large dog running through the house. Delicate looking but weighty legs seemed like the best answer...influenced a bit by Prouve and California mid-century. I still have so much to learn about metal finishing. 2w

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jrusten one of the updates to the Modern Rocking Chair from the previous version- a rounded profile crest rail. #modernrockingchair #WestCoastCraft 3w
  •   bilal_yazgan_ahsapustasi JEEEEEET HIZIYLA ANINDA GERİ BEĞENİ 3w
  •   jawwoodshop I second that! (Assuming it's an all-caps compliment) 3w
  •   _furd_terguson_ Glad I had a chance to try it out. Great craftsmanship on all of your pieces. 3w
  •   davidnotdave Just saw it. It looks and feels great. Congrats on a job well done. 3w

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jrusten West Coast Craft is live! Come down an take a turn in the Modern Rocking Chair! Today and tomorrow (Dec. 6-7) at Fort Mason in SF. 10am-6pm 3w

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jrusten whew...forgot how long this step takes (2 days)... each recess has to be individually fit for each slat. I can see the finish line though. 3w
  •   jrusten and... (not to preach, but...) I have to keep reminding myself that designs that aren't challenging... that don't frustrate me and demand everything I know/can do, and more... are just a waste of the investment of my experience. If it doesn't stress me out, I'm not pushing hard enough. #modernrockingchair #WestCoastCraft #chairdesign 3w
  •   bearitnomore I'm going to write that comment on the wall of my shop! I'm so stressed about this project I've got going involving a bunch of polycarbonate and spalted Sycamore that I want to puke. But, what doesn't kill you, ya know... 3w
  •   mashtun Amen. I'll add that to "If you're not uncomfortable, you're not learning." 3w
  •   phapmel Precision! 3w

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jrusten I could not be more excited to get to sanding. Modern rocking chair marathon continues... will I make it? 😬 @westcoastcraft 3w

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jrusten So glad I picked up this cute little compass plane from Jim @crownplane ...makes shaping jobs like this a pleasure. 4w

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jrusten tandem sanding...can't wait for glue up. #modernrockingchair #WestCoastCraft 4w
  •   reclaimedamerica NICE !!! 4w
  •   maderakitchens Looks good dude! 4w
  •   ericksonaesthetics You better stop it with those sequenced resawn bent lams! 4w
  •   jrusten @timcollom great! The two rockers I'm building now are spoken for, but I'll be exhibiting one at the West Coast Craft show here in SF Dec. 6-7 at Fort Mason- if there's any chance you'll be in SF, please stop by and I can show you a few options (wood species, etc) or I can bring one for you to check out in Sacramento the following week when we're visiting family there. Feel free to email me: furniture@gmail.com to discuss further. Thanks! 4w
  •   jrusten @ericksonaesthetics haha... gotta try at least. 4w
  •   jrusten @mikeyvandijk I can't wait either! I'm so anxious to make sure it all works out the way I have it imagined. 4w
  •   michaelswoodcraft Nice 4w
  •   phapmel Cool shot! 4w

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jrusten Need some excitement? Redesigning all of your joinery just before an exhibition will do the trick! Test fit...next up: remove remaining straight lines. Brain is very sore. #modernrockingchair #WestCoastCraft 4w

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jrusten sometimes you just have to weld up an extra long countersink. 4w

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jrusten I feel like Christmas came early: a dozen cast legs in time for @westcoastcraft ...this batch is silicon bronze and I still have a bunch of finishing to do, but my foundry got me pretty far. #sandcasting 1mon
  •   _amy_grigg_ Always so classy. No hairpin legs for you. 1mon
  •   4206911 For California tables? 1mon
  •   jrusten @nilsbergfurniture Sorry Nils... I don't... but I'm sure there are more foundries out there than here. If you're casting small stuff you're probably going to want a foundry that does lost wax/investment casting... it's a whole different specialty than sand casting. 1mon
  •   jrusten @4206911 these are mainly for a new collection of cocktail tables, but I'm gonna cut down a set and try them out on a CA table. 1mon
  •   thefurniturejoint Dude they turned out great. 1mon
  •   phapmel 😮😮😮😮 1mon

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jrusten can't resist... one more tonight: blondes... fresh from the router. #modernrockingchair 1mon

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jrusten whew. So many steps to get to this point... hard to believe I'm only halfway there. #modernrockingchair 1mon
  •   perrettidesign You don't like using CNC machines? 1mon
  •   jrusten @perrettidesign CNC machines are great! ...they're valuable tools, but somewhat crude, and their expense/set-up time is usually only justified with significant production. A CNC machine can't, for example, know to climb-cut a section of maple where the grain changes direction to avoid tear-out. And, the cost of producing a plywood router template for me is about $75 (time & materials) vs. $20k-$40k for a decent CNC machine. I do believe there will be a time when the CNC machine will be as ubiquitous in the small shop as the table-saw, but we're not quite there yet. 1mon
  •   mellonworks Let's hope it doesn't come to that. We can't loose the knowledge of making. 1mon
  •   perrettidesign Aren't their places that will do small jobs for you? To melons comment, it doesn't seem like a lot of knowledge to run a router around a template 100 times. Maybe if your just making 4. 1mon
  •   jrusten @perrettidesign sure. But, that one step (profile routing) could be done here in my studio in the time it would take to drive the pieces over to my friend's CNC machine. A CNC could handle one small aspect of this piece, but I don't "need" it. 1mon
  •   perrettidesign I see, thanks. Great work. 1mon
  •   chrissyhootdesigns The beauty is also in the process of an artfully crafted piece, including the so many steps to only half way there. I love your work! 1mon
  •   jrusten thanks! @chrissyhootdesigns 1mon

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jrusten cast leg pour yesterday. SO EXCITED. Expertly shot by @dusdincondren ...sorry for the bad cutting/cropping here... longer process film coming! Can't wait to start finishing these. #sandcasting 1mon
  •   jrusten @bradleyworkshop @hamiltonholmes I think the trick is finding the right size foundry for your project. I had a few false starts with operations too big and small before finding the right fit. And, they're disappearing rapidly. Two of the local foundries I contacted earlier are shutting down. Patternmakers and platers are even more rare around here. 1mon
  •   bradleyworkshop There are aluminum foundries around here. You're right about plating though. Very hard to find. 1mon
  •   hamiltonholmes Yes it is hard to find good trades people sometimes. That's part of the joy of being one right? Its also funny how sometimes a sourcing trip becomes a 'i can do this' trip, and then a 'how can i do this?' Journey begins. The beauty of the success of doing things yourself is injecting a bit more of your style into your project. Keep it up ! :) 1mon
  •   jrusten @hamiltonholmes thanks man. Yeah, at first I felt overwhelmed trying to grasp a new trade with all its attendant nomenclature... trying to understand the costs/benefits of sand casting vs. investment casting and knowing my disposition to go down the rabbit hole. And, while I'm sure I annoyed a bunch of people, I got to see the insides of some incredible workshops. In the realm of foundries/patternmaking, knowledge seems like it's hard won and held close... unlike the fairly helpful and open attitude of the woodworking community... it's interesting. I hope there will be a new generation in the field to take over and keep the secrets alive. 1mon
  •   racerracks @jrusten California? 3w
  •   racerracks @jrusten Very nice set up. Beautiful patterns. Plenty of platers over here in Brooklyn if y'all need. 3w
  •   jrusten @racerracks thanks! and, yep... SF... glad to hear there's still some industry in BK. 3w

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jrusten This funky, single-slab California table will be at #WestCoastCraft too! #californiatable #wcc2014 1mon

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jrusten Rockers getting a crisp joining surface. #modernrockingchair #tablesaw #jig 1mon

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