Thought this might be fun. In a trimmed down Peco’s-Bill-style everyone has story or two to tell. I’ll start the list. #1 In the summer after my eightth grade, my family moved out of town to a small farm 5 miles outside of Ames, Iowa. Cornfield country. My father was a bricklayer, but he could make about anything. Borrowing one of his wood chisels, I started tossing it around like it was a magicians throwing knife. I learned to stick-it into almost anything. Tree. ...
WARNING! Reading this blog and watching the included video will take 8-10 minutes of your life that you will never get back! Bob #2 and I were meeting up last Saturday to attend the Edmonton Woodshow. The show had offerings from Delta, Hitachi, Steel City, General, Dewalt, Lee Valley, Lie Nielsen and a mixture of local guilds and arts and crafts distributors. Overall, the show was quite good. There was lots of machinery there and Bob and I were able to meet up with Jim Lindsay, inv...
Thought this would be a fun list. Stuff you could make for your wife, sister, brother, brother-in-law, boss, friend or family member. Not to complex, but fun, perhaps adding a link to etc. Repeats, adding new links etc are ok etc. For all real woodworkers ! It’s time to start cranking out some gifts …. #1 blanket chest ....link ... #2 corncob holders … link ... 3 picture frame 4 paddy wacks #
The woodworking club that I belong to hosted Kelly Mehler for a lecture last night and a demonstration today. I had the pleasure of attending his lecture last night and I wrote about it at my blog. Take a look!
I spent some time in the shop this past weekend working on a couple of final tasks for a new table before starting on the finishing. I had a choice on how to do the work and opted for a simple block plane. If you’ve done work with well-tuned hand tools, then you know how my experience was…either way, you can read about it here.
Based on your suggestions, I’ve finally added Donations page! So now you can support LumberJocks financially by donating money through PayPal (note that PayPal also accepts all the major credit cards). Donated money will be used to cover the growing hosting fees, to buy banners and spread the word about our website and to make our unqiue Awards and Challenges even better… maybe I will also buy one-two beers if possible ;) You can choose between donating once or making a recurri...
Last month, the Virtual Dining Table Challenge was presented, with the support of Popular Woodworking, to challenge us to continue developing our creativity and woodworking skills. THE ENTRIESAt the wrap-up of the challenge, we had 22 entries and I want to congratulate everyone who took up the challenge. It was obvious, through the designs and the discussions, that the challenge was a success, with everyone (both designers and readers) learning some new skills. You can see all of the e...
I’ve recently been doing some reading on various designers in search of guidance and inspiration. Sam Maloof has always been one of my favorites. In doing so, I came across some quotes from Maloof that express some of his philosophies on woodworking and design. In this post on my blog I explore these and share some of my thoughts on them. I’d be interested in hearing the perspectives on this subject from all of you LumberJocks out there. Thanks for reading!
I am reminded once again about the difference between woodworking and woodworking. To the lay-person, anytime you take up your hammer, nails, saw, glue and wood, you are practicing the art of woodworking. At least that’s the way my wife sees it, and when I suggested that I was going to spend some time in the workshop this weekend to play with a box design I had dreamt up, she immediately suggested that I do one of the other woodwork projects that need to be done such as the bathroom ...
Sometimes after you complete a task, you wonder why you procrastinated so long to do it. I had a good day in the shop yesterday doing a simple but, long-overdue upgrade to my drill press. If you are considering a similar upgrade, or you are just looking for some inspiration to tackle a project that you’ve been putting off, you might want to take a look at the post about it on my blog. Thanks for reading and let me know what you think!
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