Archive for 2014

Nailing it

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

There’s a gimmick so overused in movies and TV that it’s become a cliché: the good guy using a nail gun to shoot the bad guy. (more…)

Messing around

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

After six months of steady use, I love my upgraded dust-collection system. However, my shop is still a pigsty. (more…)

Put it on my bill

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Money in, money out. If you’re in business, any kind of business, that’s the governing equation. But if one side of that equation is missing, you’ve got trouble. (more…)

A fine day for boating

Friday, September 12th, 2014

I’m a big believer in the theory of rising tides. My niche in the woodworking industry is very small, so my boat is correspondingly small. But it’s a boat nonetheless, and it’ll rise right along with the others. And it looks like there are indications that the water’s rising. (more…)

Bottom’s up

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

This is not a Murphy’s Law story. Still, sometimes you just have to curse that guy anyway. (more…)

Trying to beat the heat

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

I hate summer in the shop. It’s hot. You leave rust handprints everywhere. And, if you’re taking photos, you look like a mess. (more…)

Not so dumb after all

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Still haven’t fixed my lathe yet, but I now have a good idea where the problem is. And it lets me off the hook as it applies to what I thought was a lack of woodworking smarts. (more…)

Expert advice

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

What does someone who’s supposed to know a lot do when he doesn’t know something about stuff he’s supposed to know about? When it’s me, I ask those who do. (more…)

Desk job

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

I don’t often criticize the work of others, but the desk I’m using at this moment is nearly impossible to use. Sure is pretty, though. (more…)

One day at a time

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

One of the realities of working alone is that you can lose track of time. Sometimes that’s a good thing, but not when you also lose track of what day it is. (more…)