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Breaking not-so-bad

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

When things just can’t get any worse, a pleasant memory offers comfort. To that end, few memories are as pleasant as being in the shop, even on a fictional TV show. (more…)

Good enough for now

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

I’ve been restoring some artillery items for my Civil War reenacting unit, but as I work it’s clear that a replacement would be best. Unfortunately, not right now. (more…)

Better efficiency through laziness

Friday, March 14th, 2014

It’s great if you’re naturally efficient, but being smart and lazy is easier. (more…)


Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

I’ve noted before that compromise plays a large role in woodworking, and as I set up my new dust-collection system I find I’m making several. (more…)

Ready to assemble?

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Assembling a new large woodworking machine is, for me, a love/hate relationship. It’s always fun and exciting, but it’s often maddening, too. (more…)

The waiting game

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

I’ve spoken before about a key reason the economy is hurting, and I’m going to again: On top of all other factors, professional performance and care for the customer is dying. (more…)

The case for procrastination

Friday, February 28th, 2014

I procrastinated on buying something last July just long enough to ruin the deal. Now, seven months later, a pleasant happenstance has made it worthwhile. (more…)


Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

This winter I’ve been trying extra hard to better weatherize my shop. Having thought I could do no more, a chance event helped me at least double the efficiency. (more…)

The crooked path

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

It’s gotta be a law of Murphy’s: When I needed a nasty, crooked piece of stock I didn’t have one. (more…)

Well, this is sorta embarrassing

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

After expounding last week on people and companies who don’t do things they’re expected to do, I was immediately guilty of the same thing. Oops. (more…)