Archive for 2013

Fix it, or fudge it?

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Tools should be kept in top shape, but when a permanent fix or adjustment is overly time-consuming, a quick workaround can be tempting. (more…)

Simple things

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

I just finished the easiest, simplest project I’ve done in years. And I couldn’t have had more fun doing it. (more…)

Jumping through hoops

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Hundreds of things make running a small business difficult. I just spent nearly two hours dealing with one. (more…)

Catching the fever

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Ever want something for the shop but were content to wait, then something suddenly infects you with gotta-have-it-NOW fever? Yeah, me too. (more…)

Combined efforts

Friday, December 6th, 2013

For the first time in years, I’m using a published plan to make a project. Of course, the finished project will probably bear little resemblance to the original. (more…)

Suddenly Santa

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

For many of you this is the busiest time of the year in your shops, but for the first time in recent memory I have no long list of holiday gifts to build. (more…)


Friday, November 22nd, 2013

When you do some woodworking task “just a bit more” at a point when you innately know you should probably stop, you almost always end up being sorry. (more…)

Mystery request

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

I got a request (I think) to make something that looks like something in a photo of something. I think it’s a cutting board, but I can’t be sure. (more…)

But it was on sale

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Like my wife in a shoe store, we woodworkers sometimes buy tools we don’t need. I admit my guilt in this, but this time it makes sense. No, really. (more…)


Friday, November 8th, 2013

I hate throwing out perfectly good lumber, and rarely do. But for me, pallet lumber doesn’t fall into the “good” category. (more…)