Aug
14
2013

The internet and A.J.’s Holy Grail

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. (Read More…)

Aug
09
2013

Specking spectacles

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. (Read More…)

Aug
06
2013

Working without a net

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

Aug
02
2013

The new tool chest

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

Jul
30
2013

In search of burls

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

Jul
22
2013

Collateral damage

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. (Read More…)

Jul
19
2013

American-made tools?

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. (Read More…)

Jul
16
2013

A return to making things

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. (Read More…)

Jul
10
2013

Good news, bad news

The latest employment reports show a slightly better outlook for the economy. But what’s different about this wave of new jobs is that they are mostly in the service sector and not so much in manufacturing. (Read More…)

Jul
02
2013

Natural light

Every time I read about a window in a shop, I remember the best shop I ever had. (Read More…)