May 28th, 2017
I keep running across people on YouTube who, while they produce some beautiful work, I can’t understand why they refuse to use power tools to either make their work better, or to make it easier to produce good results.
I mean, I just watched a video on YouTube with some guy making a saw till and at one point he used a power drill and he actually apologized for doing so! It’s like he’s now a heretic for daring to perform the sacrilege of power tool usage against his holy hand tool religion. Seriously, I don’t get it.
May 23rd, 2017
Over on one of the woodworking forums I frequent, someone posted a question, what is it that becoming a “contributing” member gets you? It isn’t like the cost is high, just a few dollars a year that goes to keeping the site functional, but his question was actually one that I’ve considered many, many times. What is it that I actually get out of handing over money that I wouldn’t get from just using it as a free member?
March 4th, 2017
That was something I asked myself today. I stopped subscribing to every woodworking magazine, and I got pretty much all of them, a couple of years ago when I realized that there just wasn’t anything in them that I cared about and they just rotated content constantly, republishing essentially the same article over and over and over again. So I asked myself, is there anything in these magazines that is worth actually reading?
February 28th, 2017
I really hate people like this. This guy pops up on a woodworking forum begging for help. He bought a house with a built in bookcase with 4-foot long shelves and the shelves are sagging. He wants suggestions how he can stop this from happening. Lots of people jump in, but in the end, he says “I have minimal time, budget, and materials to make this happen. Adding dividers, building fancy torsion box shelves or multi ply shelves with rebar or other metal components is beyond what I can produce right now. ” Then why the hell did you ask?
February 19th, 2017
So once I got my table saw completely rebuilt and the brand new blade installed, it cut like a dream, like a hot knife through butter, but there was a problem. See, in my old shop, I had a big outfeed table that was 8 feet long and 4 feet wide behind it, but my new shop setup doesn’t allow for that so the old table went elsewhere and now, I had nothing to feed wood onto.
But never fear, a new table is on the way!
January 31st, 2017
Some woodworkers treat Google Sketchup like the second coming but I think it’s a waste of time, at least for me. I can grab a piece of paper and draw out my plans much faster than I can program it all into a computer. And since I never publish my plans, since I almost always simply make a single object and then the sketch goes into the trash, I don’t see the point of wasting the time when I could be building instead.
January 28th, 2017
Sometimes you just go a little crazy. I’ve been trying to set up my new shop for quite some time now and honestly, while I know in the broad strokes what I want to do, it’s all the little details that have been getting me down. So I’ve been trying to focus on the large stuff that I know needs to get done and hope that, as that gets sorted out, the small stuff will start to fall into place.
But sometimes you go overboard.
December 18th, 2016
One of the reasons we bought our new house is because it had an already-existing shop space out in our very large back yard. It’s already wired for 220, it’s already insulated and it’s the perfect size, with room to expand if I ever decide to. So when we moved, I stuffed all of my equipment into the shop and figured I’d outfit it as time went on…
July 10th, 2016
I need to take a look at my YouTube subscriptions because I think a bunch of the woodworking channels I follow simply need to go away. For some, they’ve just changed to something I hardly recognize and I just don’t enjoy them, but for a huge number, they’ve just become corporate shills. I’ve got better things to do than watch sponsored commercials.
May 29th, 2016
Well, the time has come to pack up my woodworking shop and move to a new house. After 17 years here, we just bought a new house, a much nicer house in a much better place, and one of the things that I get out of the deal is a nice, new shop. So it’s packing up 16 years of tool purchases and making the trek. This ought to be fun.