‘Smart’ tools?

I guess it was only a matter of time. Toolmakers are developing smartphone apps that can communicate with their tools to alter settings, like the speed of a drill or the movement of an orbiting sanding pad.

It’s been done

How many times has this happened? You get an idea. It’s brilliant! You can’t wait to start on it. This might even be “the one” that makes you rich and famous.

That little voice

I recently finished a project and, as usual, stood back to give it a final once over. I noticed something that could stand a bit of tweaking.

Transparent wood?

Science is amazing but it can also be somewhat absurd. Hard to imaging why anyone would even want to make wood transparent but it’s been done.

Like old friends

We have become accustomed to working with machinery. Actually, that’s an understatement. Machines are an integral part of our lives both in the shop and out.

A must have

Almost every shop has a compressor. But few have a vacuum pump, which is little more than a compressor that runs backwards.

It can happen

A recent comment about the unlikeliness of a dust explosion got me thinking about how accidents happen. The idea that it is unlikely or that, as many say, it has never happened before is no guarantee that it will not happen.

Master of all

I was a little put off by a comment I heard the other day. Someone said that if you did not have mastery of a certain tool, you were not a “real ” woodworker.

Don’t lose the joy

The question that often comes to my mind is, “Why do we make things?” My stock is answer is that it satisfies something within us.

Second nature to some

The other day, I was trying to show someone how to cut an avocado to produce a thin-sliced “fan” pattern. It didn’t go well.