San Diego, CA, US

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Recent comments

Re: UPDATE: Sharpening & Tuning Hand Planes and Chisels by Hendrik Varju

Great to see an 'in depth' article or dvd on sharpening because, IMHO, it is probably the most important skill/ability required for the woodworking craft. I've had my shop for 15 years and it took almost ten of those years for me to refine my own skills to match my personal needs and I still have a lot to learn as my needs & woodworking knowledge broadens, My early fumbling with 'scary sharp' sufficed to introduce me to the importance of sharpness but the path to being adept at 'keeping' all my tools as sharp as need be has been a gamut,,,,through all the machines, guides and abrasives to a point where I rarely have to create an edge on the tools I use most. that I have achieved a modicum of skill with blades (chisels, planes, etc)..... I've undertaken the sharpening of saws.....and what a slippery slope this is.
I'll look forward to a review of the DVD as $94 is a little steep for my budget.

Re: Shop Talk Live 8: Just a Splash of Water

Video was the draw. If it wasn't drawing enough then why not try to improve it. Truth is ... we see enough talking heads ... what we want is active bodies. Woodworking is an activity not a conversation. If you want to talk about saws then let us see some sawing. If you want to talk about joints then let us see some joining. Bob Smalser (one of my favorite woodworkers) writes articles but his discussions are illustrated with activities in photo sequences. Woodworking is a visual, tactile enterprise .... hard for talking heads to deliver effectively.
my 2 cents

Re: New tool cabinet packs in a lot of storage

That looks a lot like my plane till cabinet but I filled the main body up with planes and still had to give a few away rather than have them float around the shop. I used my doors for saws and measurement instruments just like yours.
I've been trying to design a better way to do the saws and I will undoubtably have to redo the till layout as my planes evolve to the right fit for me. I've added a filister rabbet plane since these pics were taken. And I would like to design a place for my drawknives and pullshaves.

Re: Shop Talk Live 1: The Big Debut

Can you guys talk about panel saws ... rip vs crosscut as first buy. I'm following the trend toward using hand tools exclusively. Good ones are VERY expensive $225+ and I wonder if the rip saw will do all I need done since I have a nice backsaw and dovetail saw for crosscut needs. Does the question of using bowsaw vs western handsaw weigh in this decision?
I recently built a saw bench (Chris Swatrtz inspired) and find it extremely convenient & useful.

Re: Caption Contest Winner!

Do you think my new beard compliments the shine on my noggin??

Re: Dancer

This creation has such unique quality that it has taken on an identity that it's name only partially conveys. The design and execution seem to be expressions of the wood itself....a dream of immortality defined. I would love to see this work in person for I feel the color and tone may belie an even greater experience.
Dave, I know this piece must give you a wonderful sense of expression completed.

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