Oct
17
2014

Different worlds

The highlight of an outing last weekend was visiting another woodworker. There were few similarities in how we work, and yet he and I had everything in common. (Read More…)

Oct
15
2014

Stinker toys

One of my fondest memories of childhood was shattered yesterday. My wife bought a new set of Tinkertoys for a class project. They’re plastic. (Read More…)

Oct
10
2014

Shop improvement time

With fall here and my woodshop a lot cooler, I’m eagerly anticipating some shop upgrades I’ve been postponing over the hot summer. (Read More…)

Oct
07
2014

A weekend off

For a change, I’m not going to work this coming weekend. Surprisingly, I understand that’s what normal people do all the time. (Read More…)

Oct
01
2014

The devil – and the delight – is in the details

Sometimes the best part of designing and making a project isn’t the actual making, but just coming up with how to do it. (Read More…)

Sep
28
2014

Nailing it

There’s a gimmick so overused in movies and TV that it’s become a cliché: the good guy using a nail gun to shoot the bad guy. (Read More…)

Sep
22
2014

Messing around

After six months of steady use, I love my upgraded dust-collection system. However, my shop is still a pigsty. (Read More…)

Sep
17
2014

Put it on my bill

Money in, money out. If you’re in business, any kind of business, that’s the governing equation. But if one side of that equation is missing, you’ve got trouble. (Read More…)

Sep
12
2014

A fine day for boating

I’m a big believer in the theory of rising tides. My niche in the woodworking industry is very small, so my boat is correspondingly small. But it’s a boat nonetheless, and it’ll rise right along with the others. And it looks like there are indications that the water’s rising. (Read More…)

Sep
09
2014

Bottom’s up

This is not a Murphy’s Law story. Still, sometimes you just have to curse that guy anyway. (Read More…)