Fix it, or fudge it?

Tools should be kept in top shape, but when a permanent fix or adjustment is overly time-consuming, a quick workaround can be tempting.

Simple things

I just finished the easiest, simplest project I’ve done in years. And I couldn’t have had more fun doing it.

Jumping through hoops

Hundreds of things make running a small business difficult. I just spent nearly two hours dealing with one.

Catching the fever

Ever want something for the shop but were content to wait, then something suddenly infects you with gotta-have-it-NOW fever? Yeah, me too.

Combined efforts

For the first time in years, I’m using a published plan to make a project. Of course, the finished project will probably bear little resemblance to the original.

Suddenly Santa

For many of you this is the busiest time of the year in your shops, but for the first time in recent memory I have no long list of holiday gifts to build.


When you do some woodworking task “just a bit more” at a point when you innately know you should probably stop, you almost always end up being sorry.

Mystery request

I got a request (I think) to make something that looks like something in a photo of something. I think it’s a cutting board, but I can’t be sure.

But it was on sale

Like my wife in a shoe store, we woodworkers sometimes buy tools we don’t need. I admit my guilt in this, but this time it makes sense. No, really.


I hate throwing out perfectly good lumber, and rarely do. But for me, pallet lumber doesn’t fall into the “good” category.