Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.

Is There a Point to Woodworking Magazines?

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?

You Want Help But Won’t Accept It?

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?

Woodworking Shop Update: Outfeed Table

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!

Why I Don’t Use Sketchup

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.

Cleaning Up in the Shop

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.

Woodworking: Doing Stupid Things

May 17th, 2016

This is something I don’t get, to be honest.  In a number of discussions over on a woodworking forum, people were variously looking for opinions on how different people handled different problems and invariably, there is always someone who brings up the most ludicrous possibility, as though we ought to seriously consider it when making decisions.

Here’s a thought… don’t do stupid things!

Simplicity in Woodworking

February 28th, 2016

A couple of days ago, someone in a woodworking forum popped up and wondered how one would make a mechanism that would allow upright drawers to pull out and swivel like the ones in the picture.  I ended up being first into the thread and pointed out that it could easily and cheaply be done with a couple of t-tracks, some t-bolts and, if you wanted to be fancy, four bearings.  But nobody liked my $10 solution, everyone kept coming up with things that cost much, much more, ostensibly because it costs so much more, it must be better, right?

Not really.

Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.