Pretty quickly a hobby woodworker realizes how uncomfortable it is to come back into your home with a nose full of sawdust never mind how that same dust permeates every inch of your workspace. It coats every inch with a fine mist and means more cleanup later which just add to the annoyance. I don’t currently have a dust collection system and I don’t even mind the heavy sawdust that falls immediately to the floor but I couldn’t stand the small stuff filling my sinuses as it h...
I heard a poet speak last night about doing good work. I was immediately intrigued by the parallels to our work at the bench. He said that doing it was worth it because it was hard. It was hard to do good work. Nothing good comes easy. If you’ve ever tried to write you know how hard good can be. The same thing is true for our work at the bench. It’s easy to drop your standards. Here’s a note from a maker struggling with this issue: Recently I watched the video featuring you and your bel...
First a note of background:At the beginning of 2007 my book came out with the Sterling Publications company. They printed 16,000 copies and we sold them all. In 2010 the book went out of print- sad face. I made a digital download and a CD copy to keep the book alive since there were no used copies available- for less than a whole lot.Just this month a fine company, Echo Point Books, has published a wonderful new issue of the book. The cover is new- and I like it better than the old one. T...
Dream all you like. Think about what it would be like to be skilled in a craft. But skill is gained only by work. Mastery comes after years of study, the rewards through discipline & sacrifice. Sigh. Quality work does not come through an afternoon’s study. It is the work of a lifetime. And why not? What great skilled worker learned their craft in a weekend? What musician became masterful in a few hours of study? It is this very process of learning your skill, of practicing you...
I’m going to use this blog post for my wood species wish list for some recommended types especially useful for making scale furniture. I find that I source information on the internet and promptly forget it once I come across an opportunity to use it…)Anyone who knows a great source for any of these can feel free to chime in with a link or connection to any of these materials. I’m going to post them one by one as I source, use and then evaluate my scale experience with the...
Sawstop Customer Service contacted me and rectified the situation very well.
This post is in response to richgreer’s great post on “Can you just slap something together” found here… http://lumberjocks.com/topics/23755 I’m thinking there’s a general misunderstanding about how adjusting the level of craftsmanship depending on circumstances is not a skill set in its own right. It is. And a very valuable one. Maybe what we’re seeing is simply the difference between how a hobbyist views woodworking and how those who do it for a ...
As times tighten, it seems like it’s a good idea to buy value. Durable, well-made products were what the United States was built on. Support our own, but insist on quality, durability, and repairability. Shameless plug…give Rhumbline Furniture a try, you won’t be disappointed….sorry, had to do it, we are pretty proud of our accomplishments.
I’ve been having problems with my video feed lately. I keep breaking by good cameras (shop not a good environment). Then I crashed my computer. After waiting almost 2 weeks for a recovery disk. I think I have things going again. I also replace one of the camera. For building pictures and recorded video see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. See what we are doing live: <div></div>
On a recent trip, my wife, Penny, and I had dinner at 2 different restaurants with 2 completely different results. When we made our reservations, we told each one about Penny’s severe lactose intolerance- no dairy whatsoever.More… Both places were in the same price range. The first was an upscale national chain- very corporate, impersonal and LOUD. Even though we let them know about Penny’s situation in advance and also told the server, he still gave her a dipping sauce m...
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