Archive for 2012

Doing too good of a job

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Is it possible to do something too well, with the end result being that you don’t want to part with it or, if you made it for yourself, use it? (more…)

Time tactics

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

There are several keys to being successful – talent, skill, knowledge, etc. But, as the saying goes, time is of the essence. (more…)

Do it yourself

Friday, October 26th, 2012

When you need something for the shop, even though several may be commercially available sometimes they just aren’t what you want or need. No problem. (more…)

A fantastic idea! (Until it isn’t)

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Ever do something in your shop that was the best idea you’ve ever had, but then later wondered what the heck you were thinking? (more…)

Fish out of water

Friday, October 19th, 2012

You always feel odd when your surroundings aren’t what you’re used to. But when you’re a woodworker or a general handy guy, extended traveling creates real withdrawal symptoms. (more…)

Good timing

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Timing can be a strange and wonderful thing. Because of good timing this weekend, I got a nice shot in the arm for my woodworking ego. (more…)

Cheap or frugal?

Monday, October 8th, 2012

I talked last time about how some cheaper components in my new table saw didn’t mean that quality had been compromised. I’ve got some more thoughts on the issue. (more…)

Cheap shot

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

We’ve discussed before that woodworking tools and materials are made more cheaply today. But is “cheaper” always bad in the literal sense? (more…)

Misremembered materials

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

I used a particular piece of hardware a couple years ago that looked and worked great, and I want to use one again. But I can’t for the life of me remember where I got it. (more…)

The new Mom & Pop?

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

You may think that nothing can replace the Mom & Pop corner hardware stores, but that’s not true. They can be replaced. In fact, they already have. (more…)