A diversion

I’ve always found it refreshing to take a break from the business of woodworking every now and then, especially for those special projects that involve your family and friends.


We’ve barely settled in and there’s a threat of another global recession.

Imagine that

We know so much about the human machine, how it works, what the parts do and how they interrelate. But we still don’t understand what really makes it go.

That little voice

We’ve all heard it at one time or another. The little voice that says, “Maybe you shouldn’t do that.” It’s usually heard just as we are about to do something really stupid.

I really like your work but …

This is said more often than I’d like, followed by, “Could you come up with something less expensive?”

An unfamiliar make

The other day I was standing in line at the local grocery store and started looking at the magazines. One title caught my eye.

Not very classy

There are times when we find ourselves asked to demo for a group of interested people or to conduct a class. Most times these are paid for and those attending have certain expectations. It is assumed that the presenter will have everything needed to convey the information adequately.

That one little thing

The piece is done. It looks good. Anyone else would think it was fine. But you are looking at it from the maker’s perspective.

Where’s the battery?

I used to get frustrated when I would go shopping for toys for my kids. “Sold separately” was always the kicker.

Asked and answered

Recently, a reader asked, “When I meet someone new and they learn I build custom furniture, it usually takes only a moment before they ask if I can build such and such, and what would it cost? How do you handle this?”