Archive for 2010

Knowing when to stop

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Do you ever get that feeling that you should just put down your tools and go home? Maybe you are feeling tired or frustrated for one reason or another or maybe you just get one of those “feelings.” (more…)

Straight vs. “spiral” cutterheads

Monday, May 24th, 2010

For many years, planers and jointers had straight knives. There was no option. You had your knives sharpened when they got dull or bought a grinding attachment for your machine and sharpened them yourself. (more…)

Tools you should never own

Monday, May 17th, 2010

A.J.’s last post got me thinking. When I started out in construction, I wanted to have every tool in the book. At that time, I was working for an architect/contractor who built the houses he designed. I was his foreman and my ego dictated that I be able to do anything. (more…)

Why I don’t like melamine

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

A recent post on the subject of quality brought up a question: Why I equated the use of melamine with “low quality.” (more…)


Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

It’s such a simple word. And it used to be the hallmark of any self respecting company. Providing a quality product was job one. It was always understood that price was an important consideration. But if hitting a lower price point meant significantly reducing the quality, most companies would draw the line. (more…)

Pallet wood

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

A few days ago some guys were talking about using recycled wood. With the one of the big “buzzwords” of the day being “green,” it seems more and more of us are looking for ways to reuse something and (maybe) save a buck in the process. (more…)

Buying the floor model

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

These days, we’re all looking for a way to save a buck or two. New tools are expensive and with sales at a low ebb, sellers are loath to cut prices. You would think that would be just the opposite and that lower prices might be seen as a way to stimulate sales. The problem is that with sales already low, sellers are anxious to get the best price to keep their profits high enough to even stay in business. (more…)

Hand vs. machine work

Friday, April 16th, 2010

We weren’t too deep into the “woodworking revival” of the mid 70s before the argument ensued about the “validity” of work done using machines as opposed to that of work done “by hand”. This argument has persisted to this day and is still perfectly capable of providing an afternoon’s entertainment. (more…)


Monday, April 12th, 2010

When I was a kid I was into hot rods. I had a lot of friends who worked on cars and did customizing. There was a very strong separation between the guys who actually formed their metal parts and those who used Bondo. Bondo was looked down on and considered to be an inferior shortcut. (more…)

The problem with drawer fronts

Monday, April 5th, 2010

There are many ways to design cabinet drawer fronts. Making the drawer fronts match the doors is one way. But when you have raised panel doors, you can’t use full rails on the narrower drawer fronts. (more…)