Lost, not found

I lost a couple favorite tools that, although easily replaced, were irreplaceable. The key word there is “favorite.”

Wrong place, wrong time – always

I love comedy. I’m both a fan and practitioner of practical jokes. But there’s no place in the woodshop for fooling around. Ever.


When it comes to me, a shop mess is the gift that keeps on giving.

Temporarily permanent

Woodworkers build temporary and permanent shop fixtures. Sometimes, though, they can be both.

I confess, I’m a mess

Are you messy in the woodshop? If so, you’re a rank amateur when it comes to the messes I can creatively conjure up.

Story stuck

Drawer slides are among the easiest things to install: Do it correctly, and they practically install themselves. Pop quiz: What’s the key statement there?

Chatoyance annoyance

I like light. Light is our friend. So let there be some; in fact, let there be plenty of it. But sometimes, light likes to play funny games.

Made in the shade no longer

I hate when big old trees are cut down, for lots of reasons. A neighbor took one down last week, though, that’s had a direct impact on my work. Wait, what?

Falling off a log

“It won’t happen to me, I’m only [insert action here].” Somehow, trivializing an easy action makes an unwanted outcome seem unlikely. It doesn’t work.

Chilled out

Not all essential shop accessories relate to woodworking. And some, no matter how much we like them, aren’t all that essential.