Archive for 2013

To be decided

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

There are many times when we need to finalize a deal on the spot. (more…)

Measure twice, print once

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Now that a fully functional Crescent wrench can be produced from 3D printing technology, my crystal ball has shown me the future of the cabinet making process: (more…)

The internet and A.J.’s Holy Grail

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Last week, A.J. was talking about not being able to find 2″ diameter bamboo. Just for fun, I did a quick internet search for “2 inch diameter bamboo”. That resulted in quite a few sources. (more…)

Specking spectacles

Friday, August 9th, 2013

OK, I sometimes have trouble seeing and use “reading glasses” that are really just magnifying glasses. They come in different strengths and the general rule is that the older you get, the thicker your lenses become. (more…)

Working without a net

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

I usually clean up my shop in between projects. I always feel better starting a new project with a well-organized workspace. (more…)

The new tool chest

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

A.J. recently made mention of the new portable ShopBot CNC router. It got me thinking about tool chests. (more…)

In search of burls

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

The current issue of Woodshop News features an article about Denny Zimmerman who harvests burls. I, too, am a “burl hound.” (more…)

Collateral damage

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Many shops closed their doors during the recent recession. Most of them were smaller operations but there were a lot of bigger shops that were not able to survive. (more…)

American-made tools?

Friday, July 19th, 2013

The question was asked in a reply to one of my posts, “Do you have an American-made tool in your shop?” The short answer is, yes. (more…)

A return to making things

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

One of my favorite artifacts is a copy of the original Whole Earth Catalog, a maker’s dream. It collated just about everything one could need to make anything. (more…)