Archive for 2011

Window on the world

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

About once a year I like to do a major shop improvement. Well, itís about that time again and Iíve got the itch. (more…)

A very positive review

Friday, August 19th, 2011

I happened upon one of my pieces last week I hadn’t seen in a long time, and admired the workmanship. In this case, though, the workmanship wasn’t mine. (more…)

The real world of Hollywood

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Hollywood is pretty much all make-believe, with not much connection to the real world, right? Well, not always. (more…)

SawStop? Please, just stop.

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Iíve seen few debates with as much vitriol than that over SawStop. The question is, why? (more…)

Decisions, decisions

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

I know this has happened to you: You need to choose between two things of equal value on a project, but you just canít decide. (more…)

Unwelcome woodworking

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Yeah, you read that correctly. There are times when woodworking becomes a chore, and not a delight. I have such a case before me right now. (more…)

Scary stuff

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Had a scary experience in the shop over the weekend. Nothing bad happened, but it got me to thinking about the scary things we encounter with alarming regularity. (more…)

End results

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Iíd like to springboard off my last blogís topic on changes by taking an informal poll: How much do you change things on original designs, and why? (more…)


Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

I can certainly sympathize with David and other makers on field changes, where a client has changed things that make the finished item useless. I have exactly the opposite problem. (more…)

Company rules

Friday, July 8th, 2011

With dinner guests coming tonight, thereís a flurry of cleaning efforts going on in the Hamler house. Iím expected to ďtidy upĒ my personal areas. That means my shop. (more…)