Jul
14
2015

Pipe dreams

I find PVC pipe useful in the shop for a lot of things, but there’s one thing it’s not good at: Being stored when you have leftovers. (Read More…)

Jul
07
2015

Long time, no see

After a fantastic vacation in Connecticut visiting our daughter and grandson, it’s great to get home. But seeing my shop again gave me a fresh look at my working environment. (Read More…)

Jun
30
2015

Tale of the tape

With notable exceptions — laws and sausages probably at the top of the list — even simple things are wonderfully fascinating when you see how they’re made. Especially tools. (Read More…)

Jun
24
2015

Rust

American poet Edwin Markham (1852-1940) said, “It is better to rust out than wear out.” Clearly, Eddie never dealt with woodworking machinery in a hot, humid shop in the summer time. (Read More…)

Jun
19
2015

The devil you know

When big things go wrong with a project I take full blame. But when it comes to little details, I swear that someone else pushes me into mistakes. (Read More…)

Jun
17
2015

Take one

I build things a lot using only photographs of an existing item as a guide and I’m generally pretty good at this. But, not always. (Read More…)

Jun
12
2015

The greatest shop luxury

Ask woodworkers what their greatest wish is and most would say “more time.” I partially agree, but there’s something I crave even more. (Read More…)

Jun
08
2015

All ashore that’s going ashore

It’s been a long time since tools were regularly made in the U.S, with pretty much all of them migrating to foreign shores over the years. But is the tide changing? (Read More…)

May
29
2015

Is there really nothing left to get?

I got a $50 Amazon gift card as a premium with a recent purchase and am dying to buy me some woodworking niceness with it. Trouble is, there’s nothing I really want just now. (Read More…)

May
26
2015

It all evens out

When you’re a woodworker, two things happen: People want you to do stuff for them, and people want to give you stuff. (Read More…)