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Norman Pirollo
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I currently design and make contemporary furniture in the Pirollo Design studio. As well I author woodworking related courses and tutorials through WoodSkills. My background is IT but I have made a career change after many years. I have been woodworking and designing furniture for 18 years now.
I currently design and make contemporary furniture in the Pirollo Design studio. As well I author woodworking related courses and tutorials through WoodSkills. My background is IT but I have made a career change after many years. I have been woodworking and designing furniture for 18 years now.

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Bench stops (10th anniversary)...
In 2007, I developed this system of bench stops as a simple alternative to installing a tail vise on a workbench. So I've been using this system of bench stops for 10 years now, it will be the 10th anniversary shortly! The system is set up on one of my orig...

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Furniture maker's mark
The concept of a maker’s mark is not a new one. It has been around for centuries. It is a means to distinguish one’s work from another maker. It also adds a personal touch to every piece created by a maker. I have incorporated maker’s marks in my own work f...

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Miter saw stand...
A while ago, I realized that my workflow would be more efficient if I had the means to cut long planks into manageable pieces. The pieces would be, in turn, processed on a jointer and thickness planer. In the case of highly figured tearout-prone woods, I wo...

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Horizontal slot mortiser (update)...
So I just created a 2-part video of the Jessem Mortise Mill mounted on my rolling cart. The two-part video for this can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/WoodskillsCourses  . Tech in wood joinery meets handcrafted design + build. Top is the mortising unit...

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Cabinet build...
I’ve been working on the components for a standalone cabinet lately. As well, working on the design of a second smaller cabinet with a unique focal point, to be discussed later. The cabinet on stand below features one of my favorite figured woods, domestic ...

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New Youtube channel...
I’ve been adding videos to my new YouTube Channel  WoodSkills   for a few weeks now. Through the channel, I hope to convey my methods of work as well as enlightenment in the use of hand tools in woodworking. In the most recent series, I discuss the furnitur...

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Table Saw build...
Someone might ask, why would you build your own table saw?  I agree, there are so many inexpensive ones to choose from out there. Why re-invent the wheel?  Well, there is some logic to my madness. This table saw is a work in progress and will have features ...

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"Rooted" book has arrived...
A few months ago I was notified that my entry had been selected for an upcoming book on contemporary furniture. I finally managed to get hold of the book and received it this week. The Schiffer publication:   Rooted: Creating a Sense of Place: Contemporary ...

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Clearing the air...
With the experience of my first workshop in mind, dust control became a priority for me when designing my new workshop. I recall not only sweeping the floors in my previous shop but also sweeping the walls of dust. The dust was the flavour of the day, be it...

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Wood offcuts (save or burn)...
Not the most exciting blog post but I finally got around to cleaning out the piles and piles of offcuts I had been storing throughout my workshop. What brought this about is I literally had run out of space, piles were brimming with wood offcuts of every si...
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