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...
Being the self-educated woodworker that I am, I would like to discuss the tool I feel has become the most important tool in my collection and that is my workbench. It is a great place to start when developing a shop of your own. I know there are many who will disagree. In fact, I once was one of these folks when I used to think the DeWalt 12” sliding double bevel mitre saw was the most important tool in the collection. At the time, the mitre saw was about the only tool I couldn̵...
All, I love working in my shop-when it suits me & I am working on a project that I want to work on, regardless if it is for me, Mama, the House or a Friend. I have come to ABSOLUTELY despise working for $$, a project with a deadline or a project for a customer-even if they say “oh just whenever you get around to it”. I have decided after my last project for a customer (who couldn’t pay upon delivery-even after they upped the “delivery” date on me by 6 weeks e...
The simple pleasures of enjoying my shop include the sounds of nature. I love to hear the birds talk their own language or maybe listen to a late afternoon breeze announcing it’s arrival and sending a small wave of coolness into the shop as if it were saying a friendly hello. The sound of the saw when it is freshly sharpened and greets the wood with that strong crisp command of a kerf to a clean cut. Looking at the handle when placing it down on my bench and having just a minute o...
My vacation is almost over… I’ve been off work for a couple of weeks now, which has been great on getting stuff done in the shop, but that’s about to end. Next week, I get back under way and start my travel-heavy work schedule. That means today, with a short pause to photograph a friend’s wedding (civil ceremony, not a lot of pomp & Circumstance, and Not a paid gig (I’m a pro photographer by trade)) I’m going to do as much sorting and putting away as I ...
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...
Good morning everyone. Another boring day at work stuck in front of a computer screen, unlocking user accounts, and refilling printers. I thought I’d address something that happened yesterday (on my bday no less) regarding a project posting of a router table I made. (and a few other remarks here and there) Having finally finished this thing and knowing it wouldn’t win any contests, I posted the project and pictures anyway. I guess in the back of my mind I was a bit proud to ...
Its been a week or so since I signed up for LJ. For most of that week I haven’t given LJ a lot of thought, as I’ve been busy in non-wood projects. So I guess with all good beginnings, this one should start out with a little foundation work. In the experience category I have very little. As a child I was only ever exposed to woodworking on the rare occasion through shop class or BSA arts and crafts. As an adult I moved around a lot and have never, until recently, had a fixed...
I have been an LJ member for about 6 months now, admiring the projects of those so gifted and occasionally posting my humble offerings. Working on my latest project, I realized, we are all part of a chain of a living barrel of monkeys. When we are new, the top, the bar that is raised, seems so very high, impossible to climb or reach up to. But, when we lift up our hand (our paw?) we don’t touch empty air, but a hand above us that connects us to the chain as we reach our own hand to t...
Daylight hours are short at this time of year, so I do as much thinking as sanding. I know most people’s blogs are useful, instructional and informative. Mine aren’t :-)All I can do is let you peek into the scariness that’s in my head. I recently posted a project entitled “Another stool (failure)”. I think I got more feedback on that than on all my other projects put together. This, I’m fairly sure, was because of the word “failure” in the title.Which lead me to thinking about what c...
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