Archive for 2013

Charged up

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

To follow up David’s blog of last week, I’m also addressing electricity this time around. However, my electric story has a happier ending. (more…)


Friday, September 13th, 2013

Every human being attempts to recover from a fumble. The action is instinctive and automatic, and nearly always makes things worse, especially around sharp things. (more…)

A job well done

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

I finished a major book project yesterday – itself a series of 25 separate woodworking projects – and now it’s time to celebrate. (more…)

Facebook’s woodshop

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

High-tech companies are known for employee-friendly work environments that encourage play along with work. Facebook’s newest employee perk is especially interesting to us woodworkers. (more…)

No such thing as scraps

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

I don’t believe in scrap. By that I mean I regularly use it to make something else instead of getting rid of it. But this time the scrap became an entire, ready-to-go separate project. (more…)

The last full measure

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

A favorite tool bit the dust yesterday, and I will miss it. (more…)


Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Remember last week when my fruitless search for 2″ bamboo caused me to redesign a project? Even though the altered project came out OK, I couldn’t stand it. (more…)

No. 500

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Welcome to my 500th “Over the Workbench” blog. I won’t say, “It’s hard to believe this is No. 500,” since you can reach any number just by adding more to it. But, yikemo, that’s a lot of blogs. (more…)

Holy Grail

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Ever try to find a material or component for a project, but can’t? The ongoing search can escalate to an obsession. (more…)

Hit me with your best shot

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

I got hit on the table saw this weekend by a sort-of kickback thing. Nothing at all serious, but it certainly got my attention. (more…)