Archive for 2010

It’s good; it’s just not right

Monday, August 30th, 2010

I’ve talked before about not leaving well enough alone when I finish a project. In this case the job was fine, but I just don’t like it. (more…)

Workhorse wood

Friday, August 20th, 2010

When it absolutely, positively has to be strong, good-looking and straightforward to work with, what wood do you choose? For me, the choice is easy. (more…)

In the heat of the moment

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

This is the hottest, most humid summer I can remember in years. The relentless heat this summer has affected my woodworking, and probably yours, too. (more…)

If I were a rich man

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Title aside, I’m not breaking into a show tune from “Fiddler on the Roof.” Merely some wishful thinking regarding my ultimate shop. (more…)

Destroyed responsibly

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Step one in building my latest piece of furniture is to destroy another one. Well, destroy is the wrong word; maybe dissect is better. (more…)

Thanks for the invitation

Friday, August 6th, 2010

I got an invitation this week as a “period craftsman” to offer my work for display and sale at an upcoming event. I turned it down. (more…)

Cooking up a project

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

It’s amazing just how many similarities there are between cooking and woodworking. Same for the kitchen and the workshop. (more…)

Cracked up

Friday, July 30th, 2010

I had occasion to do some turning this weekend with less-than-satisfactory results. I blame the wood, but it was really my own fault – I rushed things. (more…)

Sharpest knife in the drawer

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Tool maintenance, especially for shop machines, is often a matter of fixing, tuning or cleaning the visible. But it’s what you can’t see that sometimes needs the most attention. (more…)

The art of tact

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

A wise philosopher once said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” It doesn’t matter that I’m quoting Thumper in “Bambi.” It’s still true. (more…)