Archive for 2009

The jig’s up

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

I made a simple jig one today for a single purpose, but it ending up serving three. I love when that happens. (more…)

Making mistakes

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Sometimes it’s just not possible to know what something will look like or how it’ll work until it’s done. And sometimes, only then do you know you did it wrong. (more…)

Quick, but not dirty

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Because we’re woodworkers – and because people know it – we’re often asked to make things we don’t really have time for. But we all do these projects anyway. (more…)

Clean slate

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

As you know, I’ve made several shop improvements over the last year that have increased my efficiency and productivity. They’ve also accomplished something I hadn’t expected. (more…)

A poplar choice

Friday, August 21st, 2009

A topic on one of the online woodworking forums recently asked for opinions on wood for drawer boxes. As always, I answered poplar. (more…)

Enabling the craftsman

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

In his Aug. 17 blog, David DeCristoforo asks, “Do tools make the craftsman?” His answer was no, and taking his question literally I fully agree. (more…)

Earning their keep

Friday, August 14th, 2009

One of my favorite TV shows is “Good Eats” on the Food Network. Most regular readers of this blog know I like to cook, but this particular cooking show offers some woodworking insights. (more…)

Simple, ‘butt’ attractive

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

I strive to make my work solid, practical and good-looking with smooth surfaces and sturdy joinery. But my latest project is made entirely with butt joints, and I couldn’t be happier. (more…)

New toys

Friday, August 7th, 2009

As a woodworking writer, reviewing familiar types of tools is part of what I do for a living, but a new assignment couldn’t excite me more. It’s a tool I’ve never really used before. (more…)

Pretty as a picture

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

As you know I’ve been doing another shop upgrade, which is now completed. That, coupled with the timing of a family visit, has my shop looking too nice to work in. (more…)