Recent comments

Re: UPDATE: The Foundations of Better Woodworking by Jeff Miller

I would love to win this book, because I am sure it would help take my woodworking to a higher level.

Re: UPDATE: Arts & Crafts Style Coffee Table with Gregory Paolini

This would make a wonderful addition to my woodworking library.

Re: UPDATE: Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers - The Basics with Dave Richards

Just spent forever drawing plans and cutting guide for my latest project. I'm in!

Re: Caption Contest Winner!

I'm ready for my close-up now, Mr. DeMille

Re: UPDDATE: Shop Improvements: Outstanding ideas from the world's finest woodworkers from Fine Woodworking magazine

I am currently in the process of converting my detached garage into a woodshop. This would really come in handy.
Thanks for giving us all a shot at winning it.

Re: You Want What? Contest

bbeck2 writes: This past summer I was asked to build a coffin for a family friend’s grandfather. Having recently passed, I only had 2-3 days to complete the project.

I did a double-take when you said you didn't have much time because you were recently deceased. Perhaps even more amazing is the fact that you are still writing half a year after your untimely demise.

Thanks for the (unintended) chuckle.


Re: UPDATED: Giveaway and Poll: The Most Requested Woodworking Gifts of 2009

I would love to have a Kreg R3 Pocket Hole Joinery Kit.

Actually I would love to have a lot of tools, (Veritas planes come to mind)but I would gladly settle for this kit.


Re: Bench Cookie Giveaway

From what I have read, these work very well. I hope I get to find that out for myself.

My picture is my workshop. It is the first true "building" I built (I assume dog houses and tree houses don't count). I am going to install vinyl siding on it to match my house in the spring.

I spent this summer on the house; next summer I hope to tackle the workshop.

I'll upload an "after" picture then.


Re: New Yankee Workshop Series Ends

I used to have an autographed picture of Norm. My wife and her friends laughed; my friends (enviously) said "Wow, where did you get it?"

He inspired them as he did me, and to us he was the best.

As a matter of fact, he is still the best.

He will be sorely missed.

Re: Reader Says Mythbusters Missed on Hammer Strikes

As in the case of many of the comments posted, I too, have been cut by flying pieces of metal from a hammer strike on metal.

As to the original image, I cringed twice when I saw it. First, the man is pounding on his saw table! This is not a workbench; this is a finely tuned (hopefully) woodworking instrument. Second, as your readers pointed out, hammer faces should never be struck together. While it is doubtful that an explosion would occur, chips can fly at explosive speeds, and pierce body parts.

Finally, instead of using a ball peen hammer, for the the process of removing play from the miter gauge (I assume that is what he is doing in the picture) I suggest using one hammer, a center punch and a solid flat work bench.
Striking the side of the bar with the punch will dimple it and gradually tighten the bar in the slot. Go slowly and check the play until satisfied it is snug enough.

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