This past weekend I had the pleasure of hanging-out with Wood Magazine’s Jim Heavey. I first met Jim Thursday night-he was the headliner at the Washington Woodworkers Guild of the National Capital Area’s monthly meeting. Jim gave an excellent talk on how to select, apply, and care for finishes. To his credit, Jim is one of those rare speakers who can walk into a room full of woodworkers with no slides or visual aids– just a couple of finish samples, and keep a crowd captivated, and on their seat edges all night long; which is exactly what he did.

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Throughout the weekend I caught bits and pieces of Jim’s presentation at The Woodworking Shows’ Chantilly, VA show. In addition to being a great speaker, he is an excellent woodworker; AND a passionate maker of Arts and Crafts furniture. His demonstrations throughout the weekend were focused on showing how he makes his bedside table; which is done entirely on the table saw, with the exception of some minor scroll saw work for the side motif.

If you get the opportunity to hear Jim speak, I highly recommend it. If you’re not able to go see Jim speak, you can check him out on YouTube.

Wood Magazine also offers several sets of Arts and Crafts furniture plans on their website.