Archive for 2009

Down time

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

As I finish my latest woodworking book, it marks the last of what seemed like a dozen simultaneous writing projects. That means no money coming in. It also means free time. (more…)

Safety pin

Friday, November 13th, 2009

I’ve written about safety many times, both here and back in my editor days at Woodshop News. I believe that nothing is more important in the shop. But I also believe that too much imposed safety isn’t always a good thing. (more…)

Making your mark

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Do you sign your work? I nearly always do, but not always in the way you might think. (more…)

Cookin’ with gas

Friday, November 6th, 2009

When I changed my shop clock from daylight saving time, there was a white circle on the wall where it hangs.  Although unnoticeable until something covering the wall was removed, the rest of the wall has darkened thanks to my kerosene heater. (more…)

Bigger baskets, more eggs

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

You’ll no doubt hear more about the details in the pages of Woodshop News, but the big news this week is that Stanley Works has acquired Black & Decker. (more…)

Remote possibility

Friday, October 30th, 2009

I just solved a shop problem that has plagued me for years, one that has affected my security, comfort and peace of mind.  It cost me less than $15. (more…)

Season’s greetings

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Is it my imagination or are woodworking companies sending out more catalogs these days? And does everything in those catalogs look really, really good? (more…)

Cutting corners

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

As a follow up to Tuesday’s blog, I’m still thinking about money. Of course, sometimes having more money at the end of the day is a matter of not spending any earlier in the day. Having more money at the end of the day is also a matter of not wasting time, which, as has been said by those far wiser than I, is money. Here’s an example. (more…)

Make personal woodworking profitable

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Although I do it a bit differently, like you, I make my living woodworking. I love my career, but the bottom line is that of necessity, I actually have to make a living doing it. (more…)

The mystery project

Friday, October 16th, 2009

My daughter has been on her own for a few years now. As a doting father, I’ve adjusted quite well to that. But I guess today’s the day I really have to let go. She’s getting married this afternoon. (more…)