A.J.’s kickback

Reading A.J.’s recent post about experiencing a serious kickback got me thinking about one time when I was visiting a fellow cabinetmaker’s shop.

Common sense

I was participating in a discussion recently in which someone had been attempting to raise a table saw blade through a new zero clearance insert (ZCI). The saw had a riving knife installed and the instructions that were provided with the machine did not address the fact that it is not possible to raise a […]

Cold calling – Part 2

Cold calling has become something of an “evil” in recent years. No one has ever really appreciated being interrupted by someone calling them to ask if they would be interested in buying a box of oat crunchies or a magazine subscription. And most of us have had our fill of calls from people trying to […]

Cold calling

The question of cold calling has gotten a lot of ink in Woodshop News lately. For anyone who does not know, this is the practice of contacting a potential client without any previous arrangement or appointment. Basically, you just pick a number, call it and begin pitching your product or service to whomever happens to […]


Well, here we are, once again coming up on Thanksgiving Day. Every year, around this time, we are compelled to assess our situations, block out all of the fortunate things in our lives and express gratitude for them.

Alan Peters

2009 has seen the passing of two very well known and admired woodworking icons, Sam Maloof and Jim Krenov. But we also lost another fine craftsman in Alan Peters who died on October 11th.

Hosanna! A client!

This famous quote by Frank Lloyd Wright came after getting a commission, breaking a long dry spell. It took on new meaning for me last week when I closed a deal to provide a fairly large amount of woodwork for a local restaurant.

Veteran’s Day

Yes, I am a veteran. But I am one of those who had the dubious honor of being a veteran of the only war America ever fought and lost. I have always been somewhat ambiguous about Veteran’s Day. On the one hand I feel that it’s only fitting that we acknowledge the contributions of those […]

The “right” way…

We have all heard the old expressions about there being more than one way to accomplish a task. This is particularly true in woodworking. In fact there are usually so many different methods available that it is sometimes difficult to decide which would be the “right” way.

Old iron and my favorite Web site

There is no arguing about the appeal of a new, good quality, “high tech” machine. There is something about the sleek lines, the digital readouts, the touchpad controls, the overall look and feel, that makes us want them in our shops in spite of the fact that they can be hideously expensive or that we […]