Just a few words about all the woodworking magazines that are going belly up. I wanted to put them out as blog in hope of creating a wider discussion of this topic. I think it is important that we as woodworkers provide some feedback to the those trying to make a living providing woodworking information, so I hope some of them will be reading this. These comments are my own thinking and attitude about the situation, but I’m sure others have a lot more to contribute to the discussion....
The current craze for reclaimed furniture, or primitive furniture, means unique opportunities and challenges for woodworkers. The main benefit is that interest in reclaimed is tied to a desire for handmade furniture, and that’s good for woodworkers. People are tired of prefab, off-the-shelf design and they are yearning for more authentic and unique expressions in their design. We’re seeing major market furniture makers from West Elm to Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware rolling out “re...
I guess I’ll never challenge for the title of most prolific poster, but I topped the 2,000 plateau recently…On the occasion of my thousandth I started this series, thinking that it would be easy to write an appraisal, or recap, or summary every thousand posts…Such is not the case… at least not easily…Reading the first one over, and the things that I wrote, seems a life-time ago. While much of it still holds true, much has changed…The site has nearly tripled...
I commented on Dustin's blog entry yesterday that, as a beginner, I like cheap tools because they give me the ability to learn without making a huge investment – because, as we all know, there’s always one more tool that you need… Last week, I finally got around to properly tuning up the Grizzly smoothing plane I had bought a while back, and to sharpen the blade on the wet grinder as well (I really should ask Grizzly for an endorsement… :D). The pics below show the...
The has been concern expressed about the size and location of the St. Louis Woodworking Shows. Please find below is a copy of the email I sent to the WWing Show people and Ann’s response. Any comments are welcome.John On Mar 4, 2010, at 9:37 AM, John Gray wrote: Below is a copy of an email I received this morning pertaining to the St. Louis Show this year and I tend to agree after attending the show the last 3 years. John, I see that you too were brave enough to attend the...
What saw to choose??? Delta Vs Ridgis Vs Craftsman #1: Delta model 36-655C 10" hybrid table saw w tennoing jig OR Ridgid R4511 Granit top
Well, the local Home Depot FINALLY has the Ridgid R4511 Granite top in stock! Woot! Now it comes down to a choice I’m stuck on. They also carry the Delta Hybrid 36-655C w tennoning jig. These saws are marked at the same regular price 899$ Both of these saws are really appealing to me, in fact I was getting myself ready to buy the Delta, since I could not get the Ridgid anywhere locally. Now I can… arrrgh, tuff choices now. I was also considering the Craftsman Hybrid for a littl...
First some history …. A few weeks ago what I thought was a lot of cane projects started showing up. When I first saw the cane projects, I was very impressed. Interesting designs and beautiful workmanship. As more and more posts showed up, I wondered what was going on. It seemed that someone was posting an entire catalog ( my wording ). I started reading some of the posts in detail and seemed to me a little salesy ( just my opinion ). I thought about doing a post to object to t...
Yes, Plyboo! Recent article in local paper raised an eyebrow ;-) From the Richmond Times-Dispatch “ECO Supple Center, a Richmond (VA)-area company selling environmentally friendly and sustainable building materials, sells Plyboo, a bamboo plywood that’s used for interiors, desktops, furniture and cabinets. The company’s Web site shows about seven different stalk or grain patterns of bamboo plywood, in colors ranging from a light tan or dark brown.” Maybe what ...
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