This time, it’s personal

My woodshop isn’t just where I work; it’s my personal space. I’m betting that’s just as important for you as it is to me.

Quick and fuzzy

I take shortcuts all the time that violate “good” woodworking practices. Why? They make me a more efficient woodworker.

Rack and ruin

Woodworkers seem to universally agree that sanding, a task apparently hated by all, is the worst possible shop chore. It’s not. Dealing with a lumber rack is.


Pilots talk about a good landing as being any landing you can walk away from. That doesn’t quite correlate with woodworking, though, so let’s talk about the bad landings.


Making, creating and repairing things have three basic requirements: skills, materials and tools. But there’s a nebulous fourth requirement – the motivation to do it.

A fitting fix

I finally fixed a badly fitting kitchen drawer that’s been bugging me for years, but it was anything but a simple fix.

Why not?

Reflecting back on that crummy band saw I talked about last time, and I think I came up with a possible answer to the question, “Why oh why?”

Why oh why

I recently bought a small benchtop band saw for occasional detail work. What a waste of money.

To-do list

As a woodworker, I’m also the household handyman. And with that title, it’s always something.

Make room! Make room!

New Year’s resolution: Get trim and fit. Well, not me, exactly – I’m as trim as I’m ever going to get – but my shop.