Archive for 2008

Disappointments

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Iíve had a few woodworking disappointments lately. All were product-related, which is maddening. In one case the product was fine, and the disappointment sort of self-induced. (more…)

Oops

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

My shop redo was going swimmingly. The operative word there, of course, is ďwas.Ē (more…)

A.J., his eyes wide

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Iíve used nailers for years, but after all this time I have finally realized just how handy they are. And itís like a revelation. (more…)

Anticipation

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

When youíre about to undergo a project, does simply looking forward to it morph into anticipation, and then quickly become unfulfilled obsession? Does me. (more…)

Gimmicks

Friday, November 7th, 2008

A tool is a tool is a tool. But add some bell or whistle to that tool, and it immediately becomes a must-have item. At least the marketing people must think so. (more…)

Hey boo-boo

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Iíve never had a major injury in my shop*, and with strict attention to safety procedures I hope I never will. But what about those little injuries? (more…)

The rewards of restraint

Friday, October 31st, 2008

When you get it into your mind that you want a new tool, do you immediately begin obsessing about it? Yeah, me too. (more…)

Sight for sore eyes

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Aging means creaky joints, trouble sleeping, and not eating fried onion rings anymore Ė where does it end? The worst of it is aging eyes. Yesterday I got my old eyes back. And it only took three pairs of glasses to do it. (more…)

Woodworking for two

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Itís incredibly productive to share a project with someone. Even though the manpower is doubled, the level of productivity actually increases by a much larger factor. (more…)

Taking my own advice

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

As a woodworking writer, Iíve written about safety issues many times, and thereís one piece of advice Iíve given frequently. Yesterday, I took that very advice. (more…)