Archive for 2010

The magicís in the method

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

A woodworker knows how an ugly block of wood can be transformed into an exquisite turned bowl. To someone unfamiliar with the process, though, it must seem like magic. (more…)

Hoping for a better year

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

David DeCristoforoís blog today is on the same topic I planned to discuss Ė a look back at 2010. He just beat me to it by a few hours. (more…)

Out of flat and unaware

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Ever have a serious problem pop up with a power tool, only to realize that itís not a new condition, but something youíve been cluelessly working with for a long time? (more…)

Four fixes

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Creativity in the shop took a dive this week, with most of my productivity geared to repairing things. I hate that. (more…)

Locked out

Friday, December 10th, 2010

I recently finished a beautiful paperweight in walnut and solid brass. Unfortunately, it wasnít supposed to be a paperweight. It just ended up that way. (more…)

Everyoneís a winner

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

I must be the luckiest man alive. I just won a $1,000 Home Depot gift card! But thatís not the lucky part Ė no, the lucky part is that itís the 10th one Iíve won! So farÖ (more…)

Boxed in

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Few things are as iconic of woodworking and carpentry as a toolbox. Oddly, although Iíve been woodworking for decades, I donít have one. (more…)

For good measure

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Ever measure something perfectly Ė more than twice Ė before you cut, but afterward find that the component just doesnít fit? I hate when that happens. (more…)

The tool you donít want

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

I bought a major new tool yesterday that cost about $600. Tool gloat? Nope. The tool I got was a monkey wrench. (more…)


Friday, November 19th, 2010

What do you do when you have too many things for the available space? Something has to go, thatís what. Like in those lifeboat movies where they pick someone to go over the side. (more…)