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Making Superfine Tables

Posted by Anders Uhl

Jul 21, 2015 10:30:00 AM


Artist Maury Superfine builds beautiful wooden tables. In fact his tables are so good-looking that we asked him to build a series of tables for our second floor common area at the Washington Avenue location. 

Topics: woodworking, Member Project

Woodworking Contest Winners

Posted by Angie Hilem

Jun 16, 2014 4:33:00 PM

Two weeks ago, we put out a call to nominate woodworkers for a chance to win a 3 month membership to NextFab. During this time, we've had the pleasure to review many amazing candidates.

Topics: woodworking, cnc-milling, nextfab, woodwork, fabrication, contest, lathe, free

Weekly Staff Picks, September 23, 2012

Posted by admin

Sep 23, 2012 1:18:46 PM

Here are our Staff Picks for this week.   Aviation, Art, Crocheting, 3D Printing and Woodworking are what we have for today.   We hope you enjoy them!

Reuters   Jet aircraft running on sawdust or straw?   Sustainable fuel for Turbine and Jet powered vehicles. - Gregg

treehugger   A crocheted playground! - Brandon

Cargocollective   Lots of cool concept art by Scott Robertson (see also: Design Studio Press). - Alex

core77   CNC milled and 3D printed Fisher Price records. - Christine

Inspir3d   Is it melting wood? - Brandon

Topics: nfs, crochet, sustainable-fuel, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, woodworking, cnc-milling, nextfab, art, aviation

Weekly Staff Picks, July 8, 2012

Posted by admin

Jul 11, 2012 11:06:57 AM

Here are our Staff Picks for this week.   CNC woodworking, art and robotics merge, 3D printing, metal casting and laser cutting fill this week’s picks.   We hope you’ll enjoy them.

Wood Joinery Notebook   Very interesting article about CNC wood joinery. - Gregg

The Art of Curve Folding and Robotic Manufacturing   Two robot arms working together to fold sheet metal to make a very cool wall facade. - Alex

Portable 3D Printer   This kickstarter is for a 3D printer with a 100mm ^3 build envelope.   The designer has proved that he can successfully print 10 micron thick layers in PLA, although the machine can increment its z-height in 0.4 micron steps.   Another useful feature is the fast print head motion (it’s capable of 300mm/sec). - Alex

Metal Molding in the South of Brazil   Interesting story about various types of metal casting in the southern region of Brazil. - Yulia

The Lasersaur is an open source laser cutter. - Alex

Topics: nfs, 3d-printing, robotics, open-source, Uncategorized, woodworking, metal-casting, laser-cutting, nextfab, metal-folding, joinery, cnc

Weekly Staff Picks, May 13, 2012

Posted by admin

May 13, 2012 10:13:00 AM

This weeks picks include science merged with art and art and science in food and science for the “just because we can” category.

Tree Piece Helmets   Wooden Sports Helmets - Brandon

Catia V6   Bend Part Design – Adam

Laser cut seaweed (nori) makes fish taste 3 days fresher! - Evan

Everything but the Paper Cut 3 Dimensional Cut Paper Art – Brandon

JETMAN   Need I say more? - Seth

Topics: sushi, jetman, Uncategorized, paper-art, woodworking, sports-safety, laser-cutting, woodwork, aviation

Philadelphia Woodworks Grand Opening: Sunday, April 22nd

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Apr 18, 2012 12:51:02 PM

Philadelphia Woodworks Grand Opening: Sunday, April 22nd 2pm – 7pm

Professional Grade Members Woodshop for Hobbyists, Artists and DIY Enthusiasts

4/3/2012, Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia Woodworks Members Workshop (, a “collaborative for woodworkers” developed by first‐time entrepreneur Michael Vogel, opened its doors on March 1, 2012. Located in Manayunk with convenient off‐street parking, Philadelphia Woodworks is a community workshop where woodworkers of all levels finally have easy and affordable access to professional‐grade tools, expert training, on‐site lumber, storage facilities and a woodworkers supply store. Members craft their membership to their needs, availability and skill level. The Grand Opening of the facility, which also includes an art and furniture gallery, will be on Sunday, April 22, 2012 starting at 2pm, at which point Philadelphia Woodworks’ Founding Membership program (and membership discounts) closes.

The 8,000 sq. ft. members shop boasts over $100,000 in tools and equipment; the lumber yard and woodworkers supply store is fully stocked with both domestic and exotic hardwoods as well as a full range of project supplies. The lumber yard also features an exclusive collection of one‐of‐a‐kind reclaimed and salvaged materials from Provenance Mill Works.

Membership options range from unlimited access during open business hours (6 days per week) to pay‐per‐use access. For Michael and his team, the safety of members and those around them is paramount. Members, once safety certified on each tool, have full access to cabinet tablesaws, planers, jointers, bandsaws, drill presses, miter saws, lathes, power sanders, router tables, hand tools, woodworking library and hands‐on samples of fine joinery, all maintained daily by Philadelphia Woodworks staff.


As an undergraduate architecture student, Michael developed a hobby for woodworking at UPenn’s professional‐ grade woodshop that, with graduation, joining the work force and living in a small Center City house, ground to a disappointing halt. Even if he’d had the space to set up a home shop, the cost of equipment, maintenance and the absence of knowledgeable woodworkers around him all kept Michael from creating his own shop. And without any furniture‐grade communal woodshops in the area, there really was no place that Michael could pursue his passion for woodworking. That was until he left a 10‐year career in the business world to create one.

Michael explains his concept this way: “Your work, your projects, our shop – just imagine what you can build! We are part of the collaborative economy that is providing consumers unique ways to share and co‐op products and services, save money and enhance their lifestyles by offering members what they could otherwise not afford or maintain on their own. Many people dream of a hobby in woodworking but can’t realize that dream because of the financial commitment for even basic equipment, much of which goes unused for the bulk of its life. We have invested in the highest quality and safest equipment available, put it all under one roof with supervision and guidance, and then opened it to shared users—people who appreciate fine craftsmanship and want to master it for themselves. Our members’ primary responsibilities are to have fun, to be creative and to be safe.”

The Grand Opening will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2012 starting at 2pm. Activities will include woodworking demonstrations from renowned local furniture makers and artists, drawings and prizes, tours of the shop and full access to Michael and his staff for questions. A reception will follow at 5pm. Sponsors of the event are all local and include The Center for Art in Wood, Paul Downs Cabinet Makers, Woodcraft of Downingtown, Penn State Industries and The Independence Seaport Museum.

A press day for photos, videos, tours and interviews will be held on Monday, April 16, 2012 from 12pm ‐ 4pm. Recent articles on Philadelphia Woodworks can be found on the company’s website at:‐room/. If attending the press day, please RSVP by email or phone (267‐331‐ 5880;

Photos of Philadelphia Woodworks can be found online at

Topics: event, philadelphia, Uncategorized, woodworking, manayunk

Weekly Staff Picks, February 12th, 2012

Posted by admin

Feb 12, 2012 5:43:00 PM

February 12 Links

Our Staff Picks for this week are a varied group.   Woodworking, CNC Milling, Design, Nanostructures and art are once again part of our interests.   We hope you enjoy them and get you thinking.

Eulitha Nanostructures   Off the shelf nanostructures from Swiss company Eulitha - they ship from a tiny little warehouse. - Evan

iModela   Roland has expanded their minature CNC mill line, perfect for jewelry and small prototype production. - Seth

Quickwood   Takes the pain out of sanding.   These guys also make CNC Sanders. - Carter

A Brief Rant about Design   This is a site about design. - Brandon

Crazy Dutch artist mixes iron filings with resins, uses magnets to influence the shape of the object as the resin cures.   Very cool stuff. - Alex

Topics: tools, Uncategorized, nanostructure, 3d-modelling, woodworking, gravity, 3d-mill, nextfab, magnetism, furnature, cnc

Weekly Staff Picks, November 6, 2011

Posted by admin

Nov 6, 2011 11:11:36 AM

Here are our Staff’s prime picks for this week.   These range from intelligent prosthetics to not being able to believe what you see.   Please enjoy.   

iWalk   Cutting edge prosthetic leg company founded by double amputee and MIT professor, Dr. Hugh Herr, who lost both legs to frostbite in a mountaineering accident. Still an active climber, Dr Herr related how with certain customized limbs, he has been able to climb better than a 100% natural human. - Evan

Zen and the Art of Making   This is a great newsletter post from MAKE: Magazine about the journey from beginner to expert maker. - Gregg

Pantorouter   This is about 3D Routing the hard way, without CNC. - Carter

Rendering Synthetic Objects into Legacy Photographs on Vimeo   Cool video showing a software interface which allows for 3D objects to be inserted into 2D pictures with realistic lighting and other effects.   “A method to realistically insert synthetic objects into existing photographs without requiring access to the scene or any additional scene measurements.”   There is also an interview with Kevin Karsch, who is the guy responsible for it. - Alex

Topics: solidworks, 3d-modeling, Uncategorized, woodworking, nextfab, kevin-karsch, 3d-routing, photography, learning, prosthetics

Weekly Staff Picks, October 22, 2011

Posted by admin

Oct 23, 2011 3:14:42 PM

Our Staff Picks for this week include woodworking, CNC, PhotoShop instruction and fashion.   We hope you enjoy them.

When to use Opacity versus Fill in PhotoShop   For all you photoshop geeks I must share this one, because for many years, I just couldn’t tell the difference. Why would they even put it there? Now I know!!! - Yulia

Scintillating CNC Zonahedral Structures: The Zome from Robert Bell   “The Zome is a creation of Rob Bell…and is one of the most ingenious structures of modern geometric times.   The complex, fluid shapes are designed in SketchUp, cut out flat [on a ShopBot], and put together with nothing but time, sweat, sandwich breaks and large mallets.” - Alex

Expanding Round Table   This is a video of a round table that expands.   This is extremely creative woodworking. - Brandon

Master hat designer Elvis Pompilio goes 3D printing   3D printed high fashion hat.   This is something that could not have been made with traditional methods.   Yes, it is THAT awesome. - Alex

Carbon Fiber Porsche 911   This maker takes a modern car and improves upon it by replacing the steel body with a carbon fiber one. - Gregg

Topics: porsche, carbon-fiber, photoshop, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, woodworking, shopbot, nextfab, cnc


Posted by admin

Jul 1, 2011 9:59:00 PM

I’ve just taken the woodworking class.   I took this class chiefly to familiarize myself with the NextFab tools as I have worked for a custom molding company and a cabinet maker.  I felt that the class went very well with a good amount of time for questions.

NextFab has a good selection of tools for woodworking.   I particularly liked the table saw which features a great safety system to stop and lower the blade in less than 5 10,000ths of a second.  I have never had use of a table saw with this kind of safety feature.  

NextFab also has one of the most adjustable chop/compound miter saws I have seen.   It is quite nice to use and very smooth.   The class also went over the sander, band saw and portable planer.   This was the largest class I have taken so far and had 4 students including myself, even so we had more than enough time for each student to try each tool.  

Once again the emphasis on safety was omnipresent.   Woodworking tools can be very dangerous and special care was taken to show us how to use the tools properly and safely.   Most of the tools had fittings for the dust collection system, which was used as well.   This helps to keep the shop very clean compared to any other professional woodworking shop I have seen. 

Time was also spent on the differences between solid wood and engineered wood products including the harmful composition of some engineered products as well as pressure treated wood products.  

Many of the tools will be moved during the reorganization of work spaces that will take place next week to improve access and usability.

Topics: sander, chop-saw, band-saw, compound-miter-saw, planer, Uncategorized, woodworking, table-saw


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