What would (fill in the blank) do? I get my inspirations from several sources, depending what I am going to build and design. It could be from anyone of the big names like Maloof, Nakashima, or it could be a fellow LJ member. This comes in handy for motivation as it proved awhile back. I was looking for an attractive drawer pull for a project and out of all the sources (on line, too) out there I could not find one I liked or looked good in the design element of the project. After some...
Last month I posted an article titled Old School V. New School, I have received lots of great comments and emails from this article and really enjoyed writing it as it made me think a lot about my grandfather and father. One of the last comments mentioned the difference between computer designed furniture and cabinets as compared to woodworker designed. This is a subject that I have been interested in for some time. As a project manager for a national multi-family builder I built on a ve...
My router keeps trying to kill me. I don’t know if it’s my fault, or the router’s. It’s a very old Craftsman 315.25070, and every time I attempt anything with it, it either throws a bit at my head, or buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurns. It’s only a 1/4” chuck….I’m starting to think I am biting off -literally-more than I can chew. I wish I’d figured that out prior to chewing a template to pieces. Can anyone recommend a good starter wood. All I ...
It’s Finally Here! I have completed my first feature woodworking video. This video shows how I sharpen my card scrapers. It is a simple process and I kept the instruction simple with some close-up video action. I hope this post goes smooth, it has taken me all day to figure out how to finish up the video and 3 attempts to get it online. So this is a pretty big moment. I can work on polished video later but I have to start somewhere. I hope that this video on sharpening ca...
True to my word, I write this after having looked at RJ’s workshop. If you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s purdy! It’s also easy to see how I came up with the topic. There’s a healthy mixture in lumberjocks from what I can tell; hobbiests, professionals, and professional hobbiests. The income range is nicely mixed as well (from hand-crafters to minimal power tools to seemingly gluttonous overloads ;-)), so that we all get a chance to see what someone els...
So I’ve been doing a lot of “twiddling” in the woodshop lately and have realized I’m not really getting very far. I make a lot of the same things over and over because I’ve gotten good at them. And that’s ok. But I did not get into the hobby of woodworking to make one or two things really well. I got into it to be creative and have fun, etc. Lately, I’ve been honing my hand tool skills by practicing chopping dovetails, dados, planing, sharpening, e...
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