David Fay Custom Furniture

The Woodshop
David Fay

The woodshop is used by a group of seven independent craftspeople, who share use of the large stationary machines and have their own work bench spaces to build furniture. We are a group of individuals with vastly different aesthetic styles, but we share a common aspiration toward refinement in our work.

Me and my '51 chevy.

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The top of this Scandinavian-style work bench has vises called bench dogs to clamp anything and everything while working.

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This 20 inch Rockwell bandsaw is used to cut curves and "resaw" thick lumber into thinner pieces for uses such as bookmatching panels.

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This Delta drill press drills holes much more precisely than a hand-held drill.

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This is a horizontal mortising machine that uses high speed end mill bits (similar to router bits) to cut mortises into stationary lumber. A mortise is a slot cut into a board to receive the tenon of another board to form a joint. Some examples of mortise and tenon joinery in my work:

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This Northfield table saw, which has the capacity to use a 16 inch blade, is probably the most-used tool in the shop.

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This Northfield 16 inch wide direct drive jointer was recently purchased from the now-defunct Maclellan Air Force Base woodshop. The jointer is used to flatten wood surfaces. As far as we can tell, the folks at the air force base hardly used this machine in 30 years.

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This Oliver thickness planer was made in 1948, and has the capacity to plane boards up to 18 inches wide, with a thickness range from 1/8 inch to about 4 inches thick. Planing is the process of shaving boards so that they lie smooth and flat.