Jul
28
2015

Hammer time

What’s the most basic woodshop tool? There are probably several, but for me it’s got to be a plain, old hammer. (Read More…)

Jul
22
2015

The age of old

As we baby boomers age, all sorts of age-related woes interfere with, well, just about everything.  (Read More…)

Jul
17
2015

A bit of light reading

After considering possible upgraded shop lighting I think I’ve found the best option. However, I’ve decided against it. Here’s why. (Read More…)

Jul
14
2015

Pipe dreams

I find PVC pipe useful in the shop for a lot of things, but there’s one thing it’s not good at: Being stored when you have leftovers. (Read More…)

Jul
07
2015

Long time, no see

After a fantastic vacation in Connecticut visiting our daughter and grandson, it’s great to get home. But seeing my shop again gave me a fresh look at my working environment. (Read More…)

Jun
30
2015

Tale of the tape

With notable exceptions — laws and sausages probably at the top of the list — even simple things are wonderfully fascinating when you see how they’re made. Especially tools. (Read More…)

Jun
24
2015

Rust

American poet Edwin Markham (1852-1940) said, “It is better to rust out than wear out.” Clearly, Eddie never dealt with woodworking machinery in a hot, humid shop in the summer time. (Read More…)

Jun
19
2015

The devil you know

When big things go wrong with a project I take full blame. But when it comes to little details, I swear that someone else pushes me into mistakes. (Read More…)

Jun
17
2015

Take one

I build things a lot using only photographs of an existing item as a guide and I’m generally pretty good at this. But, not always. (Read More…)

Jun
12
2015

The greatest shop luxury

Ask woodworkers what their greatest wish is and most would say “more time.” I partially agree, but there’s something I crave even more. (Read More…)