I’m a power woodworker, in the sense I rely on powered equipment and tools. Could I do without them? I decided to find out.

Luck, be a lady

Ever do something stupidly dangerous, but only realize it after you did it? Something that, had it not been for the best good luck you’ve ever had, should have resulted in injury?


I love working with kids. I’ve even done a book on the subject. But this past week, I probably did more concentrated kid-involved woodworking than ever.

Compound disinterest

Compound angles in the woodshop elude me. I just don’t get them. There, I’ve said it.

Welcome back old tool

“Rediscovering” a tool or technique that you’ve not used for a long time is a cool thing.

Fix it, Grandpap

I’m looking forward to an upcoming visit to see my daughter. My grandson can’t wait, because he knows we’re going to fix his cars.

It’s done

It’s the moment you step back with hands on hips and a smile on your face as you take in your latest creation. It’s done! But, wait a second …

Bathroom break

Sometimes when I need a quick one-time tool or accessory, there’s a better than even chance I’ll find it in the bathroom.

Big bang theory, revisited

Here’s a fact: Shop dust is dangerous. But the likelihood of a dust explosion in a shop is incredibly minimal.

A leaf on the wind

I love the way leaves tumble in a strong wind. Sometime this week leaves, and anything else not nailed down, will start tumbling out of my shop.