Month: May 2012

In the Field

So before I even begin, let me say this post isn’t really wood working related. This is just me venting some thoughts on how cool I think Field Notes are. Field Notes? C’mon- you know. Those little pocket ledgers that people, who still remember how to use writing utensils can sometimes be seen using away from their home office or place of work. The place you jot down ideas or sketch little sketches. Maybe a mental note or two, a doodle or really, what ever. Grocery list? Cut list? Hardware list? Sure, they all work. So yeah, I think...

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Workshop Appliances

I think anyone who uses hand tools on a regular basis would benefit from some simple work bench appliances. Whether you build your own or purchase them, they really make a difference in the wood shop. A shooting board. The most effective way to trim the ends of stock, 1-in. and under. You can sneak up on a fit that is almost unachievable for any power tool. 1/1000th of an inch if that is what’s required. A simple jig that will elevate the precision of your work. A shop made miter box. In recent years there has been a...

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Two is better than one.

When I first starting using the new, Veritas Dual Marking Gauge late last fall I wasn’t sure how often I’d actually use both sides of the gauge at once. Up until that point I used a single type gauge. Through the first week in use I generally used only one of the adjustable rods and it wasn’t until I made it a mental point to try using both rods that the fog lifted. Two is truly better than one. Once I trained my brain to think about the dual settings I found myself using them both all of the...

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Count on it…

The more I do woodworking the more I realize I’ve developed a kind of compulsive obsession to count…I mean I count almost everything! Maybe it started at a young age first learning to play music? Of course you have to count. Count in a tune, count how many measures etc… But here I am, 40 years old and I find it occurs with almost every aspect of my wood working. For instance when I sharpen an iron or blade I count each stroke so I don’t put the cutting edge out of square. When I’m boring a hole using...

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May Update

Busy days around the woodshop these past few weeks. Funny, since I posted the little video of my daughter making her wand a few weeks ago I’ve exclusively had female students! Coincidence? Two weeks ago it was a Mother and Daughter who were interested in learning the basics as they’d like to start making cabinets and this past weekend two sisters. They’ve been here before and this time we covered four or five different types of joinery. They have a house in Italy and are planning on doing some renovations in the coming years. What better way than to...

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