Life in the slow lane

Slow is a big buzz word these days. It ranks right up there with green.

Safer Saws?

There is a lot of talk these days about whether or not a certain safety technology should be built into all table saws by mandate. There are a lot of good (and some bad) arguments on both sides of this issue. It’s a hot button to push and I am not mentioning any names here […]

When does the excitement wear off?

For most of my life i have struggled with this dilemma. I go into a new project with so much excitement and enthusiasm. But half way through, all of the excitement has worn off.

The name game

As wood becomes more expensive, we have seen a steady stream of “new” options entering the market.

How to test chair joints

I have made chairs from time to time and at one point, designed a unique construction method that I had planned to use in a line of chairs that I would manufacture. It never got that far but there were several chairs actually produced.

New and improved

I don’t mean to keep keying off of A.J. but we seem to be on somewhat the same wavelength these days. His comments on new products once again has coincided with my thoughts.


Many of my shops were located in the high dessert of Nevada so I have had my share of encounters with snakes, rodents, nasty biting red ants, scorpions and the like. But my most memorable experience with small visitors happened in my Woodland, Calif.-shop. And it was not a one-time experience.