Last weekend, I joined a couple other sawdust junkies on a trip to the Wood Expo (aka the Peachtree tool sale). Among the displays and demonstrations, there were 4 companies selling CNC routers, and one selling a laser engraver. I think these things are totally cool and the work they can do is pretty amazing. One of the guys with me actually owns a Shark machine and I’ve used it a few times to engrave letters into special projects, but I really don’t have any desire to get one for...
I have a day job that allows me to have a nice office full of furniture that I built. The office doesn’t have a window to the outside, but rather 2 walls of glass that turn inward to the building. It calls to mind a sort of human zoo, where I am one of the attractions. I have a number of interesting things placed in those windows for everyone to see, hopefully distracting them from looking at me. One of the stranger things that I am often questioned about is a stack of 100+ structural...
I haven’t been here for awhile. My apologies to friends here and thank you for the emails expressing your concern. Largest reason for my absence these last few months involves this - I have mentioned in my last blog that I had a hearing that came up to discuss the new “formula” that is being imposed in the state of Michigan for child support deductions. I won’t go into any tirades but the increase was pretty significant and my take home salary has been greatly r...
Celtic Tree of Life Knotwork – Intarsia Woodworking There is no beginning and there is no end. The roots and the branches of the Celtic Tree of Life Knotwork intertwine and become one. This Celtic knotwork design symbolizes timelessness of nature and creates balance and harmony. The lines in this project never end. I have not given Celtic knotwork much thought in the past when it comes to creating Intarsia pieces until I was asked to do the Celtic Love knotwork project a while ba...
So, not a lot of time for the shop lately. I’ve been working on finalizing preparations for the baby. Apparently we could have a son any day now so that’s exciting! Cleaning the house and getting furniture set up, cleaning my car for the baby, it’s all good fun. Furthermore, I’ve been preparing for an archery competition I have this coming weekend. I cut one of my fingers replacing the air filter in my car so I have to perfect a different string-style for my shootin...
Well, I’ve been trying to write a post every day about little projects and things I have fun doing in my shop. Some days, however, I don’t have time to get into the shop, or life gets in the way and I get frustrated with a project. I’m not ashamed to say I’m an emotional guy; but sometimes life gets a little too hard, and I break down. So, sometimes I make a project and end up destroying it before it’s done because something mentally got in my way. But other t...
I have been thinking about what William wrote on getting overwhelmed with all the projects for the season. About October I start thinking about what I’m going to make and who I’m going to make it for. Then the anticipated weekend that I get started. Everything goes great and by the end of that weekend I’m thinking that if I can keep up this pace I’ll be in good shape and have all that I wanted to make done in good time. I don’t know if I mentioned that I ...
It’s been 3 weeks since I’ve had opportunity to visit LJ. Some of you who took the time to welcome me and comment on my initial posts probably figured I was another of those folks who appear and disappear. Sorry. The first week, my 10-year-old had spring break. I took the week off and worked on flooring the attic of the shop – got it about 1/2 finished. I had thought that I could knock it out in 3 or 4 days, but I don’t have the stamina that I needed for that...
Well after posting a small aside about my issues with cancer, it was mentioned that I should share my story, and my testimony. I did a little blogging about it on Myspace, but during that time I was unable to focus, and really lacked much desire to be very social, so my postings were sporadic. I figured maybe I could share some with you all here. Maybe you have some signs, or maybe a loved one has cancer, or maybe you yourself are going through it, and just need to understand what happens, an...
The Chronicles of Woodworking in a Can #2: The Chronicles of Woodworking in a Can (continues 2/27/2009)
Hi All!Well I know it has been some time since I last wrote about what is was like working inside the can. The temperature, space, so forth. So, I thought I should quit making excuses and sit down to give you all some more information. First, let me tell you that I have been doing a lot of work inside the can. I installed some recycled kitchen cabinets and set some 3/4 inch MDF on top of them, making an L-shaped work bench or surface that is 18 feet long and the L at the end measures 4 fee...
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