Hello LJs, My blog post is up, it is fair writing, but nothing to do with woodworking today. I try to let the LJ community know when they shouldn’t bother. This might be one of those times. I did write a really great blog piece today, just not for my blog. It sort of sapped all my creative juices and left me worn out and sleepy. I will do better tomorrow. http://bit.ly/aLVtn6 Brian
I have been asked alot over the last month about my new book. Click Here to see whats going on.
Upcoming projects and designs. #7: Thoughts on scrap wood. The Hurricane Ike damaged fence saga continues...
Well, the few remaining rot free 2×4s from my old fence that blew down in hurricane Ike have finally been stripped clean and stacked neatly. But what to do with 26 year old sun bleached pressure treated 2×4s? There’s not a straight stick to be found here, and who knows WHAT they used in PT back in the mid 1980s. I HATE to just throw out usable wood, but I also hate the idea of holding on to potentially dangerous junk. So for now, it sits. Most likely to be taken to the curb...
Rick (schlemoe, Roseburg OR) placed a picture of a piece of wood on the Projects page and asked for help in identifing it. At last count we had 26 comments trying to help identify it. We had some real interesting thoughts posted. So, I thought I would post a picture of a piece of wood and see how many correct identifications we could log. The difference in this case is I DO KNOW WHAT IT IS. Let’s just test our wood identification knowledge. This should be an easy one for you. ...
I have a good story for a Friday. Earlier this week, I had a gentleman call me from Florida. It seems he received the latest issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts and really liked the “Welcome to the Nuthouse” segmenation plaque that was in there. He talked to me for a few minutes about it, and then asked me “what do you sell?” I didn’t quite know what he meant. I asked him what he meant. He repeated the questions and I figured that he didn’t qui...
Hello All, I have finally added another chapter to the Henry Wood Saga…and I included a photo…with a tiny box in it…so it is doubly great. For those who have been following the Henry Wood Detective Agency, you will be happy to know, that I have finally figured out the rest of the story in my head, so the chapters will come more frequently now. :-) Enjoy. http://su.pr/5Xj430 Brian
My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #96: New Observation About My DeWalt Saw - Something to Think About
There are times when I really feel guilty because I like my job so much. Not really too guilty, but sort of. I guess a better way to put it is that I feel bad for the people who really don’t like their own jobs. Maybe that is why I fight so hard to keep my business going and put so many hours in. The alternative seems very unpleasant to me. Although I have done many other jobs in the past, and I know if it comes down to it I will do what I have to in order to survive, I hope that I ...
I finished making the vertical cuts for the dovetails in the sole plate. I clamped a piece of scrap wood cut at 75 degrees as a guide for my hacksaw blade. The guide block began to wear and lose accuracy after a couple cuts. At that point, I made enough guide blocks to use a fresh one for every cut. Before removing the waste form the dovetails in the sole plate, I decided to open the mouth. It was easier to clamp the sole plate in the drill press vise with the sides still intact. I used...
So after my last post, “Am I in trouble” (of becoming a Galoot), i have decided to write my first ever blog “The Slippery Slope” chronicalling my decent into the world of hand tools .. finding them, cleaning and restoring, and using. Im not sure how far this will go but here’s to givin it a shot …. My grandfather passed away a few years ago and in the process of cleaning out the house i stumbled across all of the old tools in the basement. Mostly mec...
It is only a little after 6:30 and I already scored a major victory! What a wonderful day it is going to be! OK – so it may not be major to everyone else, but it certainly is to me. Many of you may remember that I am in the process of changing over to new software on my site. This is an enormous and complicated task, as I have over 300+ products right now and the list is growing every day. Getting things in the proper order and presenting them in an organized way is no small task....
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