What kind of woodworking year will we have in 2012? No one knows for sure but I have some thoughts, and a few hopes.


Judging from the thousands of calls and letters my staff gets, you’re all wondering “yeah, but then what?” with regards to several blogs this year. OK, here’s an update.

Time tested

Man, another year coming to an end. Getting older, that mirror is showing a lot of wrinkles. Did I say wrinkles? I meant character lines.

Running with the rabbets

I recently did an article on a little-used woodworking technique: cutting rabbets on the jointer. The only mystery to the process is why it’s so little used.

A quiet Santa’s workshop

Wrapped up an assignment yesterday, and will wrap another tomorrow, then another by week’s end, then: free time in the shop! But wait, I have nothing to do.

Broken record

I don’t like to repeat myself, but at the risk of The Boss thinking I’m taking the lazy way out for today’s blog I’d like to revisit last Friday’s topic one more time.

The door to enlightenment

I recently reviewed a woodworking article written by someone who had no idea what he was talking about, and laughably so.

Or forever hold your peace

It’s put-up-or-shut-up time, kids. The public comment period for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s table saw ruling is almost over.

Mouse repair 101

Shop tools often double as household tools – when a non-woodworking item needs fixed, sometimes a woodworking tool is just what you need. Sometimes not.

Use it, or lose it

We woodworkers guard our turf vigilantly: Shop space is our space. But let your guard down for even a minute …