Archive for 2013

Best laid plans

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Remember how excited I was about getting my shop window? Well, it’s been a great addition to my shop, but it hasn’t worked out quite the way I’d hoped. (more…)

Showing their stuff

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

This year’s AWFS fair in Las Vegas is history and, as always, a lot of new things were introduced to a lot of woodworkers. One item in particular really caught my eye. (more…)


Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

I accidentally shoplifted a tool last week.  It was unintentional, but the tool has already turned out to be quite useful.  Feelings of guilt have descended. (more…)

Going once, going twice…

Friday, July 19th, 2013

They say that things happen in threes. When those “things” that happen are broken tools, I begin to regret that I ever learned to count. (more…)

It’s a snap

Friday, July 12th, 2013

If you had a devastating personal property disaster – fire, major theft, flood – would you be able to inventory your entire shop for the insurance company? I could do it in seconds. (more…)

Finishing school

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Bob Flexner’s column, “Flexner’s ironclad rules for finishing,” in the current (July 2013) issue of Woodshop News is excellent, as always. But I think I’d like to add another rule. (more…)

Pricing curveball

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

After months of research I finally decided on a particular big-ticket tool. But just as I was about to buy it, the price jumped up. Rats. (more…)

Windows upgrade

Friday, June 28th, 2013

I’ve wanted one for years, and have finally installed a window in my shop. I knew I’d like it, but the result is even nicer than I’d hoped for. (more…)

Right where I left it

Monday, June 24th, 2013

It’s amazing what you can find when you clean. What you find isn’t always expected, however. (more…)

Box rebellion

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

When toolmakers first offered hard plastic cases with their tools, I rejoiced. I thought they were wonderful. Now, not so much. (more…)