The magic’s in the method

A woodworker knows how an ugly block of wood can be transformed into an exquisite turned bowl. To someone unfamiliar with the process, though, it must seem like magic.

Hoping for a better year

David DeCristoforo’s blog today is on the same topic I planned to discuss – a look back at 2010. He just beat me to it by a few hours.

Out of flat and unaware

Ever have a serious problem pop up with a power tool, only to realize that it’s not a new condition, but something you’ve been cluelessly working with for a long time?

Four fixes

Creativity in the shop took a dive this week, with most of my productivity geared to repairing things. I hate that.

Locked out

I recently finished a beautiful paperweight in walnut and solid brass. Unfortunately, it wasn’t supposed to be a paperweight. It just ended up that way.

Everyone’s a winner

I must be the luckiest man alive. I just won a $1,000 Home Depot gift card! But that’s not the lucky part – no, the lucky part is that it’s the 10th one I’ve won! So far…

Boxed in

Few things are as iconic of woodworking and carpentry as a toolbox. Oddly, although I’ve been woodworking for decades, I don’t have one.

For good measure

Ever measure something perfectly – more than twice – before you cut, but afterward find that the component just doesn’t fit? I hate when that happens.

The tool you don’t want

I bought a major new tool yesterday that cost about $600. Tool gloat? Nope. The tool I got was a monkey wrench.


What do you do when you have too many things for the available space? Something has to go, that’s what. Like in those lifeboat movies where they pick someone to go over the side.