Archive for 2011

Picky, picky, picky

Friday, November 18th, 2011

I recently noticed something about a project I made more than a decade ago that bothered me. After eating at me for a week, it bugged me enough I finally had to change it. (more…)

A gift for myself

Friday, November 11th, 2011

So, I have that $50 gift card good for any woodworking item I want. The question is, what do I use it to buy? (more…)

Found money

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

I found a $50 woodworking gift card the other day. A little bird told me where to find it. Literally. (more…)

No more pleas for trees, please

Friday, November 4th, 2011

I’m a green guy. I recycle, conserve, and set my winter thermostat to must-wear-two-sweater levels. Our environment is fragile and I live accordingly. But, boy, do I hate phony green companies. (more…)

Anonymous gifts

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Years ago, someone built a dozen birdhouses and mounted them along I-84 in Connecticut. On a recent trip to the Northeast, I was pleased to see they were still there. (more…)

My favorite accessory ranks a zero

Friday, October 21st, 2011

I never realized how many table saw accessories there were till recently – there seem to be hundreds. But my favorite one remains the same as always. (more…)

Kit and kaboodle

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

What’s the fun in a woodworking kit? Almost everything’s already been done for you. Well, I must have a poor memory because once upon a time I got more than fun from them. (more…)

Win-win walnut

Friday, October 14th, 2011

I did a favor for one of my reenactor buddies recently, and in return he mentioned he had some old lumber in his barn. If I wanted some, all I had to do was drop by. (more…)

Beat the band (saw)

Friday, October 7th, 2011

In July of last year I related how I changed my band saw blade, and was shocked to see how dull it had gotten. It happens so slowly, you don’t notice till you put on a new one. (more…)

Half-blind dovetails

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Any dovetail I’d make right now would be half-blind. The same goes for any other kind of joint because, with my glasses being updated, the term fits perfectly. (more…)