jrusten happy client and his new bay laurel dining table to be. #jrfs 7h

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jrusten At this point in sanding, it's all about feel. If it feels perfect (with no dips or bumps in the radius detectable through sensitive, sandpaper-worn fingertips) it will look good when the light reflects off the finish. The feeling is necessary through every grit because different boards or even sections of boards have different densities and will sand away faster than others. It's all about that reflected light. #paloaltochair #jrfs 2d

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jrusten final test fitting... whew. Nice and snug. Sanding time! #paloaltochair #jrfs 2d

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jrusten back joint... last one. #paloaltochair #jrfs 2d
  •   ajdinnezic Nice job man 2d
  •   the_timberwolf daaayum 2d
  •   xanderbremer Thanks for the free lesson sensei 2d
  •   lrusten Jared, this is a beautifully composed photograph! Look at all those diagonals. You're such an artist! 2d

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jrusten joint cutting day... can't rush this part. #paloaltochair #jrfs 3d

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jrusten I was thinking it'd be fun to livestream some of my favorite parts of the furniture making process (like oiling) through the Periscope app. If you're interested, download the app and follow me there (Jared Rusten) and on Twitter (@jrustenstudio) to find out when the "show" will be. I'll announce on here too... will have some chairs to oil in the next few days... I can't wait! #jrfs 3d
  •   akm_guitarworks @jrusten oh man that looks amazing, what species is that? Looks like a roasted maple guitar top I've got. 3d
  •   jrusten @mikelanger89 that's a tough problem to troubleshoot without knowing your finish... if it's getting too tacky/sticky while you're buffing, you're not moving fast enough or you need to add a little extra solvent or linseed oil to slow the drying. Or, just tackle the project in sections. Or simply, if your buffing rag is sticking too much, just dump a little more finish on to loosen it up. good luck! 3d
  •   jrusten @saha365 I like it too! 3d
  •   jrusten @mezworks oh, that's just a wooden wig I carved and oil daily. So, yes. 3d
  •   jrusten @akm_guitarworks it's Claro walnut... I'm saving some for when I finally have time to build a guitar! 3d
  •   wilderwarehouse @jrusten hi what kind of oil u used? 2d
  •   oakhtfjs4 2d

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jrusten 4 tan blondes. Palo Alto chair frames sanded enough to cut the seat/back joinery. #paloaltochair #jrfs 4d
  •   mrjdoggydogdog I just finished my first chair today (which I designed myself), and although it's obviously flawed in both its design and processing your work was a huge inspiration throughout the 12 week period I had to complete it. Seeing what could be achieved with the right amount of dedication and creativity always gave me the right kind of kick. 3d
  •   nickndas6 Nice work 3d
  •   jrusten @mrjdoggydogdog Congratulations Joe... it turned out great! Nice work, and thanks for the generous compliment... glad to help (kick) you... haha... it's very nice to hear. 3d
  •   jrusten @nickndas6 thank you. 3d
  •   jrusten @evaporatedmilk18 4 tan blondes? Y'know, they sing that song from like the 90's that goes "Heeeeeeyy- yeeeeaah-yeeeeeah-yayaaaah-heeeeeeey-yay-yeah.... I say hey... we're wooden chair parts!" 3d
  •   nickndas6 Your welcome great work needs recognition from all those who appreciate it ! 3d
  •   madelumbersupply Nicely done... 3d

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jrusten dining table concept scale model. Still early stages... 7d
  •   jrusten @wattek This is a physical 1/8 scale model with some scrap, acrylic, and spray paint. For big pieces I build small scale models (wood, foam core, whatever), for small pieces or chairs I build full-size scale models out of styrofoam or scrap wood. And, no, the properties don't transfer... this is just to help clients get a sense of proportion. 7d
  •   jrusten @jedsundwall when I build yours, let's spec pure sapphire! 7d
  •   andybwest Green light. 7d
  •   jrusten thanks @ffhandcrafts. It's weird... it's like I expect this will be annoying and confusing to a lot of people, but I feel like that means it's worth pursuing. There were many things that really annoyed me (and challenged me) at first that I ended up coming to love. I always think about how when they were first built, icons like the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge were disliked by half the citizenry. 15 years ago the idea of anything brass/bronze colored seemed totally disgusting to me. Weird. 7d
  •   informalchemy CAD modeling - the most important step! 'cardboard aided design' 7d
  •   wattek @jrusten thanks! 7d
  •   siskiyouwoodworks Diggin it 6d
  •   bentclimb @informalchemy haha wanna see a CAD pirate ship soooon!!! :) 3d

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jrusten Palo Alto chair frames and the jigs that got them to this point. Very much looking forward to sanding so I can take a break from thinking/worrying. #paloaltochair 1w
  •   thelookandfeel Very well put!! I also yearn to mindlessly sand when using my brain and focus intensely, then 5 minutes into sanding I yearn for sanding to be over. 1w
  •   squaregoco You should make a new jig, that one looks too sketchy! 1w
  •   matthewchasewoodworks Nice! 1w
  •   ghostownwoodworks @thelookandfeel perfectly put. 1w
  •   _fvvwoodworks Oh jeez reading that second post from you gives me anxiety already haha but so true. 1w
  •   jrusten @squaregoco glad you caught it... no time to redesign now, but reminder for next time! 1w
  •   thanku.ca Absolutely agree with the way you think in regards to costs of business... It's a combination of business, engineering, expertise in materials and grain directions combined with design and topped off with an artistic signature! Good to hear I'm not the only one stressing once n awhile!! 5d

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jrusten lunch break skimboarding 1w
  •   philrup Ranchero? 1w
  •   stvntiller If I remember right, there is a pretty sweet place to get an adult beverage and a bite behind you. 1w
  •   jrusten @neilmckinlay Obviously, it has its challenges but it would certainly be worse to have a commute and I'd probably never see my lady. I'd say the best set-up I ever had was in Brooklyn where my studio was a very pleasant 10 block walk from my apt. So, close enough to walk in 10 min. but still some separation from home/work. Right now it's hard not to get out of bed and go put another coat of finish on. Not complaining though... I'm saving $ this way for sure. 1w
  •   jrusten @stvntiller yep...if I didn't have to go back to work I would've been there. 1w
  •   jrusten @philrup yep... 1966 1w
  •   jrusten @olaleander thanks! 1w
  •   victorairway Aww killer. I haven't skimmed in a very long time. Hope it was a good one! 1w
  •   thefurniturejoint The life. 1w

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jrusten #tbt a closer shot of this credenza from 2012 #wongcredenza 1w

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jrusten #tbt 2012, Wong Credenza. 1w

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jrusten Inspiration always strikes when I should be doing other things (usually in the midst of a deadline.) I've learned the hard way though that ideas are like quickly fading dreams at waking ... if you don't grasp at them or at least pull them into focus for a moment, they're gone forever. #design 2w
  •   jrusten @3form 2w
  •   iamvack Truth. 2w
  •   jpmconstructioninc Agree! 2w
  •   informalchemy Mine have been choosing to hit during reallllly bumpy subway/ truck/ airplane rides lately- I have all these wobbly sketches! Turbulence must be shaking up the idea silt. 2w
  •   _heather_heather Word 2w
  •   jwtwoodworks So true! 2w
  •   adam4w I've lost many ideas because I convinced myself I'd remember it later. 2w
  •   lrusten Good for you-the same goes for writing...grab the inspiration as it passes through! 1w

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jrusten from the windy weekend with @emilyoest 2w

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jrusten Days are for making noise, nights are for trying to capture this rocker in every possible lighting scenario before it leaves (sorry if it's getting tiresome) ...this is last night's experiment... I didn't adjust anything on this photo- posted as-is off my phone. #modernrockingchair 2w

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jrusten You won't see this view of the base unless you're laying on the floor, but I still like it. #californiatable 2w

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jrusten I keep seeing shadows in my periphery as people on the street stop at my little window to peek at what I'm doing. So, I went outside to see what they were looking at. Here it is, minus a dusty guy in blue, contorting himself trying to get all these lines perfect. It feels a little schizophrenic to have so many different pieces going at once, but at least it's not boring... I can't wait to get to the finishing stage on this one. #laidesk 2w

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jrusten #tbt This is technically California desk number 2 built in 2008. No filter here, but shot on medium format film by @clinescapades. This is from that same original batch of Claro walnut that I posted earlier. If it's of any interest, here's the story of the California tables/desks: 2w
  •   jrusten @peternbiddle good point, I hope so! 2w
  •   jrusten @bentclimb geez... tryna make me cry over here? You know there's more meaning there for me too. Literal life-saver. One of these days you'll get adequate acknowledgement for all the encouragement and support. 2w
  •   arikabaria Was @emilyoest dangling from the ceiling for this shot. Totally worth it! 2w
  •   adam4w @jrusten I love when woodworkers or other artists share their struggle with the balance of design, cost, marketing, intellectual appropriation, public scrutiny and all the other myriad complications or insecurities that come with putting your work out there. It's easy to cultivate a facade that elides that struggle, especially on Instagram where you're not necessarily obligated to show your missteps or thoughts about why you did something a certain way. 2w
  •   heathasher Since I first seen it I always wanted one! Dope wood, shape, finish, everything's perfect! 🏻 ur a master of ur craft @jrusten! 2w
  •   grayshape Good story and good outlook! 2w
  •   jeffabernethy @codyuncorked office desk 1w

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jrusten grain detail...another coat of finish on this Ltd. Ed. CA table. I didn't use any filter on this photo. Generally, I prefer to use figured wood in small doses... it's like cheesecake... a small sliver is delicious but you probably shouldn't eat the whole pie. But, sometimes you do anyway. 2w
  •   jbherlihy Thats amazing, like a wavy ocean of woody goodness 2w
  •   hamiltonholmes Impressive. Tearout? 2w
  •   _amy_grigg_ Oh man. Whatthefuck. I have never. 2w
  •   brian_guenther Gaaaah! 2w
  •   hunskihardwoods @jrusten we're finally getting our kiln up and running and now have a smaller woodmizer so we can start milling dimensional lumber. I will make sure that we cut some at those dimensions. 2w
  •   jrusten @hunskihardwoods Awesome! You've been milling a ton of really beautiful material... I'll look forward to paying a visit soon. 2w
  •   redleafwoodcraft That is such beautiful figure, it's rare to find a whole board of that out here in the middle. 2w
  •   ivysiosi oh wow! @siosidesign 2w

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jrusten matched, quartersawn arms/feet for 3 Palo Alto chairs... squared and ready for joinery. #paloaltochair 2w
  •   woodsport Someone recently used the word "fetishizes" with my relationship to wood (hyperbolic perhaps)...Might apply here? 2w
  •   jrusten @woodsport hahaha... I'll concede. But, I'm not really that bad... I just don't take photos of the ugly stuff. Also, not pictured: the 3-4 similarly milled extra parts in case I f-botch something (which happens with disappointing regularity). 2w
  •   surfacetheory Nice stuff here 2w

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