Archive for 2012

Unwelcome surprise

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

I love surprises.  Ask anyone and they’ll say, yep, that A.J. is one surprise-lovin’ guy.  But I didn’t much like the surprise I found yesterday inside a piece of birch plywood. (more…)

Spin control

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The first aspect of woodworking I fell in love with was woodturning, all the way back in high school. Several decades later, I’m rediscovering it. (more…)

Well, that was embarrassing

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

After waiting in high anticipation, a new piece of equipment was delivered today and sits proudly in my driveway … because I can’t get it into my shop. (more…)

Inordinately proud

Friday, July 20th, 2012

It’s natural to take pride in a job well done. But have you ever been ridiculously pleased with a project so small that it feels weird to be so enthused with it? I’m doing that right now. (more…)

Flushed with success

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

The title above is generally defined as, “Feeling excited and confident after a triumph or achievement.” Well, that ain’t applying to me this week. (more…)

It’s coming. Deal with it.

Friday, July 13th, 2012

If something is absolutely inevitable, you have two choices: 1) Deal with it like an adult, or 2) Whine, cry, obfuscate and stamp your feet. SawStop opponents have opted for No. 2. (more…)

Nervous Nellie

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

I’ve been woodworking a long time, but whenever I try a technique I’ve never done before I get extremely antsy. How about you? (more…)

Dark days

Friday, July 6th, 2012

I thought an upcoming string of near 100-degree days would be awful. I just didn’t know how awful till last week’s Midwest storms put the lights out. (more…)

Dog days

Friday, June 29th, 2012

We’re in our third day or so of mid-90s weather, with several more to come. I hate it. Worse, I’m getting nothing done in – or out – of the shop. (more…)

Family tree

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

What is it about old, handed-down wood that appeals to us so much? You could mention a lot of reasons, but there’s really only one: It’s cool. (more…)