Archive for February, 2012

Life in the slow lane

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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

Safer Saws?

Friday, February 24th, 2012

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 even though everyone will know exactly what I am referring to. But I have some thoughts on this subject that I would like to put out there for consideration. (more…)

When does the excitement wear off?

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

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. (more…)

The name game

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

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

How to test chair joints

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

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. (more…)

New and improved

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

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. (more…)


Friday, February 3rd, 2012

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. (more…)