jrusten can't resist... one more tonight: blondes... fresh from the router. #modernrockingchair 20h

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jrusten whew. So many steps to get to this point... hard to believe I'm only halfway there. #modernrockingchair 22h
  •   perrettidesign You don't like using CNC machines? 22h
  •   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. 21h
  •   mellonworks Let's hope it doesn't come to that. We can't loose the knowledge of making. 21h
  •   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. 20h
  •   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. 20h
  •   perrettidesign I see, thanks. Great work. 20h
  •   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! 19h
  •   jrusten thanks! @chrissyhootdesigns 10h

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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 2d
  •   sterlingtoolworks I love it!!! 2d
  •   brianeternal killing it. so rad 2d
  •   hamiltonholmes Ya this is just awesome! Thanks for showing us that it is possible, and that its accessible :) 2d
  •   darinmwhite Love greensand casting! #copeanddrag 2d
  •   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. 22h
  •   bradleyworkshop There are aluminum foundries around here. You're right about plating though. Very hard to find. 19h
  •   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 ! :) 15h
  •   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. 11h

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jrusten This funky, single-slab California table will be at #WestCoastCraft too! #californiatable #wcc2014 3d

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jrusten Rockers getting a crisp joining surface. #modernrockingchair #tablesaw #jig 4d

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jrusten Modern Rocking Chair parts x 2. Going to be late nights for the next 3 weeks until #WestCoastCraft 6d

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jrusten 66 Ford Ranchero... finally registered, insured, and fresh from the first drive around San Francisco. #66ranchero 1w

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jrusten Just making some crosscuts last weekend, nbd. #Bodie 1w

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jrusten Last two days: Sand casting pattern...second try. This time my foundry told me exactly what to do. So much respect for patternmakers. Can't wait to see this new batch of legs poured and finished for @westcoastcraft 1w
  •   benjamin_grimes This is so sweet. 1w
  •   rexxstudio the pattern might be nicer than the product. 1w
  •   rexxstudio ^meant in the best way possible^ 1w
  •   sterlingtoolworks So very cool! I am eagerly following this build. Nice work @jrusten 1w
  •   g_ranny Nice work! Just noticed you said lining your job up was tricky. A little tip for the next time you are plating your job, dowel your parts and lay out one half on a plate and fix it in place then run your dowel holes that are in your job and runner system into the plate. Then remove your job back off the plate and put your other plate face to face and drill your holes from the first board into the second. Now when you seperate them all you have to do is put your dowels in your job agin and they will locate into position..... I hope this helps you a little bit. 1w
  •   jrusten @rexxstudio I kinda think so too. 1w
  •   jrusten @g_ranny ah... nice tip... thanks man! 1w
  •   jrusten @sterlingtoolworks Thanks Chris! I'm eager to see how it all turns out too! 6d

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jrusten On our way out of town to go camping, I had to stop at the post office to pick up this gorgeous yew bowl purchased from @_amy_grigg_ ...so, it came with us to rough it in the woods. No, Amy... we didn't end up eating chili out of it. Back home safe on our shelf of treasures. Thank you. 2w

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jrusten This is who I chased, fell in love with, and took home yesterday. Timing is amazing sometimes. @goldenwestsignarts I have some canvases for you... let's talk next week! #66ranchero 2w

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jrusten #tbt (i.e. vanity archive): 10 years ago... ever stress testing. #paloaltochair #cantilever 2w
  •   iamvack What can brown do for you? 2w
  •   _amy_grigg_ So dapper and handsome. Oh, and that chair is sweeet! 2w
  •   adampj21 How did you get away with explanation and contraction in the front of the seat where it is jointed to the legs? 2w
  •   jrusten @adampj21 good question...it's not glued in, just fit snug with 1/8" space on either side for movement. 2w
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jrusten Rest in peace, Old Blue. You served me well, but I think you're just a little too banged-up for fixin. [Drunk driver, arrested, hoping he has insurance] 2w

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jrusten putting my glue-up to bed... g'night! #electricblanket 3w
  •   adampj21 I need to learn bent lamination! 3w
  •   81helk During my training I made some table feet like that. Good souvenir! 3w
  •   _amy_grigg_ Do you actually turn the blanket on to help the glue dry? 3w
  •   jrusten @_amy_grigg_ Yep...this plastic resin glue won't cure at all below 65 degrees, and it just started to dip below that in the studio. 3w
  •   _amy_grigg_ Such a good idea! 3w
  •   thefurniturejoint Sleep tight. 3w

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jrusten yellow brass, straight out of the sand with the gates and sprue cut off. So stoked. Now to figure out finishes. #casting #westcoastcraft 3w

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jrusten mallet face end-grain...way harder than chisel handles. #mallet 3w

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jrusten this is one of those "hand-holding-a-thing" photos. @bluecheak :one of the first things I made while taking classes in 2001... maple handle w/Jarrah or Jatoba head (not sure which... rescued from cabinet shop scrap bin... looks rusty orange in some lights, maroon in others.)... wedged maple pegs (that stick proud like buttons... what was I thinking? haha) #woodworking #mallet 3w

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jrusten my new studio @woodsport ...jk... Pier 70, Bldg 113. Something cool is going in here. Maybe there'll be a space for me. 4w

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jrusten love the reflection on this elm table... still looking great after 2 months of busy family dinners, parties and art projects. 4w

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jrusten Visited these two walnut hex tables today... and the silver chairs... and the two gigantic, permanent disco balls. 1mon

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