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Re: It's impossible to cheat at woodworking

Now that I know that it is not possible to "cheat" at woodworking, I think I'll just use butt joints for drawers, and paste on little trapezoids to simulate the pins and to cover the nail holes. ;-)

I do agree, though, that "cheating" is a relative state of mind, and the term is used too often to suggest that technique "A" is better than technique "B" when it is really the finished product that matters.

Re: Robert Erickson's Chairs: Angle of Repose

Jon - nicely produced piece about an inspirational maker.

Re: Revolution-Era Joiner's Shop Found in MA

What a wonderful find. From the design of the loft stairs, one might assume that Mr. Sampson had a good sense of balance.

Re: UPDATE: Hand Planing Techniques by Hendrik Varju

Opening "cup holder" as we speak. ;-)

Re: SketchUp 3D Basecamp -- A Brief Roundup

SketchUp push stick - thanks, Beem. I'll remember that. ;-)

Re: SketchUp 3D Basecamp -- A Brief Roundup

This is an excellent "conversation". I've enjoyed the different perspectives coming from the participants. Especially since I'm just scratching the surface in SketchUp.

Yesterday, for example, I drew a rectangle, and stretched it into a board. Now, to make a SketchUp table saw to cut it to length. ;-)

Re: SketchUp 3D Basecamp -- A Brief Roundup

Beem - I don't have Dave's breadth of industry knowledge, but I think his assessment is right on. It strikes me that AutoCAD became the "industry standard" for industrial design some time back, notwithstanding the high cost of the software. For example, it has been used by big companies to design cars and jumbo jets, and likely has interfaces to industrial machine systems.

At some point in the future, there may be an interface between the pro version of SketchUp and CNC machines, for example. In my Star Trek imagination, I can even envision a SketchUp interface to the shipboard replicator. ;-)

Re: SketchUp 3D Basecamp -- A Brief Roundup

On the issue of SketchUp vs. AutoCAD in schools, I see two sides to the coin. I see two, slightly divergent purposes for industrial arts schooling. The first is to introduce kids to simply making things. The second is creating a foundation for actually getting an industrial job. It seems to me that SketchUp has good value for the first objective, but less for the second. Building job-related skills should use applications they will likely encounter on the hob. My bet, however, is that kids could learn both programs easily.

Re: Reclaimed wood: Nail removing tips

Another option would be to run the board through a hospital MRI machine to pull the nails out with the intense magnetic field. The downside, of course, is that you might have to buy the hospital a new MRI machine. ;-)

Re: Revised CutList Plugin Available

Ah, got it now. Layout vs LayOut. Kinda like the difference between sketching something up and Sketch Upping somehthing. ;-)

Re: Revised CutList Plugin Available

Thanks for the heads-up, Dave. Am I correct in assuming the new version works with the free version of SU, without the Layout addition?

Re: UPDATE: Routers & Router Tables from the editors of Fine Woodworking

I love the smell of routing in the morning. It smells like . . . shaped wood. ;-)

Re: Tablesaw Safety Around the Clock

I have a modular set of mental "film clips" for various sharp things spinning at high speed, with and without proper hand placement and pusher blocks. Those without proper hand placement or appropriate pusher blocks all end with a red substance splattering the lens, which acts as a motivational factor.

In other words, I try to think about the operation at the macro level, and what might go wrong, before carrying through.

Re: Outfitting a Desk Drawer

The surface texture in the last drawing is very realistic, Tim. ;-)

Re: From Raw Steel to Righteous Tool

Pretty slick slick. (Sorry, I just had to say that.)

Re: Groove Center Simplifies Lock Miter Joint

Looks like an interesting pair of tools. At $150 for the Groove Center and another $50 for the Depth Gauge, I'd need to be doing lots of lock miters with different bits on different sized stock to justify the expense.

Re: MIT Students and Professor Invent Handheld CNC Router System

Hand-held CNC. Interesting oxymoron. Or, would that be a non sequitur? ;-)

Those boys (and girls) at MIT are always coming up with interesting things, some of which aren't too practical. Now, if they had added satellite-style thruster engines to the router . . .

Re: UPDATE: Practical Furniture Design from Fine Woodworking

Any book showing a real drafting table on the cover has to be cool. ;-)

Re: How to make a sacrificial rip fence that never wears out

Would you do me a favor, Matt? Stop using your fingers to hold the work piece down, right above the dado blades? One slip, and guess what happens to those fingers. I'd hate for you to have to change your name to "Stubby". ;-)

Re: What I've Learned About the Online Woodworking Community

FWIW, I am constantly amazed by the number of bad, even dangerous woodworking techniques being demonstrated or espoused on the Web. Even seasoned pros do this on occasion. (A recent episode of "This Old House" showed a short rip cut being done freehand on a table saw, for example.)

But, you are correct - calling them stupid is probably not the best way to engage them in discussions of better methods.

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

Raises hand, even though I bought the e-book.

Re: Used Japanese Tools

Wow, what a treasure. ラッキー犬

Re: Wear your love for woodworking on your sleeve

Shirts are for the uncommitted. Tattoos, on the other hand (or, arm), show real devotion. Consider a router plane on one arm, and a mallet and mortise chisel on the other. ;-)

Re: Get your internet hands on an old woodworking magazine

This is excellent. I'm pleased that the site was able to work out an appropriate arrangement with Delta to make "The Deltagram" available. Although some of the tips and techniques may not be up to current best-practice standards, tip-toeing through the evolution of Delta tools is great.

Delta also produced a four-volume set of reduced-size reprints in the late '40s, covering all issues from 1932 through 1948. I'm lucky to have a set.

Re: Stephen Colbert Takes the Sizzle Out of SawStop

"I'm on a mission" should be the first clue about why the CPSC effort needs to be derailed. Osteva bin Gass-in and his Stopiban are woodworking terrorists.

The same mentality has created the position of State Lunchbox Inspector to confiscate one child's dangerous turkey and cheese sandwich:


Re: I built a lumber rack one morning - Now I have a lumber problem

"Good evening, everyone. My name is Matt, and I'm a lumberholic." ;-)

Buying good wood at yesterday's prices is far better than waiting for the price to double or triple. As long as one's situation doesn't call for frequent moves. Looking back, I now wish I had spent more on nice lumber, and less on wine, women, and song.

Re: Why do you work wood?

Woodworking - the best way to dull chisels and plane irons, so you can sharpen them again. ;-)

I don't consider what I make to be art, but I try to be as crafty as possible in design and construction. For me, the attraction is making practical, useful things by hand that also feel good to the hand - some combination of utility, visual appeal, and tactile appeal.

Re: Make Millions in Woodworking in only 250 Years

A beautiful piece, to be sure. It's a shame we can't bypass the initial-user market, and jump directly to the collector market. ;-)

Re: When Good Glue Goes Bad

Don't worry, Ed, a couple of coats of black milk paint will cover that. ;-)

Re: Occupy Woodworking

I've been picketing my (home) shop for not having all the tools I want for weeks, now. I was going to set up a tent in front of my garage, so I could protest more hours in the day, but it's supposed to snow today. ;-)

Re: The Story Behind the Government's Pending Tablesaw Ruling

If flesh-sensing technology is mandated to be added to table saws, what about bagel slicers and kitchen knives, where injuries are far more common. Then, there is the pocket knife, the chisel, etc. The mind boggles when one considers the Law of Unintended Consequences.

In the final analysis, the mouths of politicians are far more dangerous than table saws. Table saws don't start wars or impose taxes.

Re: UPDATE: Deadline extended again for tablesaw safety comments to the CPSC

A stupidity-sensing mechanism attached to the mouths of politicians would be far more useful.

Re: UPDATE: 2011 Fine Woodworking Archive DVD-ROM (1975 - 2011)

[Raises hand.] Me! Me! ;-)

Re: Behold, the Speed Tenon

Safe enough? Probably not, considering the stupidity exhibited by both end users and the courts these days. First, you're using a powered machine (the table saw, which everyone knows to be a man-eater). Second, you've removed the safety guard. Third, you actually have a saw blade in the machine, with all those finger-gobbling teeth exposed. Fourth, the technique requires that the rip fence be properly adjusted in order to be safe. All of these requirements are well beyond the capability of a worker (or, juror and judge) with a single-digit IQ, particularly if they are doing this with one hand, while drinking coffee with the other. Thus, the only safe recommendation is to outsource the work to a Chinese factory not subject to the American judicial system. (Yes, this is all sarcasm, prompted by recent court decisions.)

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: 4 "issues" of The Missing Shop Manual series

Raises hand for free book. ;-)

Re: Build a Tablesaw Sled for Precision Miters

Matt, I'm just debating semantics. I simply see a difference between "precision" and "precise enough". To me, having a TS that has any run-out or blade flex/deflection takes it out of the running for a "precision instrument". It can, however, be "precise enough" for the task at hand.

Re: Build a Tablesaw Sled for Precision Miters

Sorry, Matt, but *precision* miters are done with a well-tuned shooting board, not a table saw. At least in my experience, the TS is not a precision instrument.

Re: Caption Contest Winner!

Anybody have a pancake router?

Re: UPDATE: Turning Segmented Lamps by Ralph S. Buckland

Another book I'd love to have.

Re: Fine Woodworking On the Road: Come out and see us

Gee, you seem to have misspelled "New Mexico" all through the list. ;-)

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Working with Routers from Fine Woodworking

Raises hand.

Re: We're Giving Away Grooving Planes!

It's a groove, NOT a rut!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: The Frugal Woodturner by Ernie Conover

Frugality is the cornerstone of retired woodworking.

Re: The Perfect Holiday Gift: 3,530 Router Bits

I was thinking about buying a complete set for each of my three best friends, but I haven't heard from them in so long . . . ;-)

Re: Ideas for Woodworking's Own Reality TV

The audience draw for a pure woodworking reality show might be too thin to attract networks (and, make money). A comedy show along the line of Red Green on PBS, with woodworking as the background might work, though.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Traditional Projects from the New Best of Fine Woodworking

Just tossing my name in the hat.

Re: Help us design a workbench for power-tool lovers

I was in this bar on a planet far, far away, and watched what happened when a MOAMFT (mother of all MFTs) fell in love with an older wide-body WorkMate. Their offspring had the precision matrix of surface holes of the MFT combined with the clamping surface of the WorkMate. Interchangeable center inserts (like table leaves) allowed for either a flat surface or a clamping surface. Recessed aluminum extrusions along the apron, similar to the edge on the MFT, allowed the use of other FancyClamps, while still providing a wooden edge to protect the stock.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Making Ladder Back Chairs with Russ Filbeck

Just tossing my name into the hat.

Re: CNC is Knocking on Your Shop Door. Will You Answer?

Personally, I think the "philosophical" argument is a waste of time, even though the purist woodworker vs. the nerd question does have some cardio-vascular benefits . . . if you allow yourself to get sucked into the argument.

On the practical side, it seems to me that CNC routers are a non-starter for the average hobbyist. The machines are still grossly over-priced for the average person, and even more so when the limitations are given some scrutiny. Production-quality machines certainly have applications for production shops, but these low-level machines don't deserve much attention, IMHO.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Wharton Esherick Studio & Collection

{Raises hand. ;-) )

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Workshop Machines

Could this be my first won'd-'er book? ;-)

Re: New Sliding Miter Saw from Bosch

Can I get one with a 48" width of cut? Now, that would be a game-changer. ;-)

Re: I like my lumber deliveries fast, not on fire

Most of us have probably had fantasies about doing wild, crazy, rebellious things at one time or another. Driving through stopped traffic in a car-crushing tank is one of my favorites. Actually doing such things is another matter, though. Such situations never end well.

Re: Better than seeing The Lord in a grilled-cheese sandwich

The Gollypod reminds me of the fanciful creatures shown a while back on one of the science channels about what life might look like on an alien planet. Lane simply stopped short of adding eyes and a single clawed foot.

Might be an interesting design for a house, though, complete with wind- or solar-powered elevator.

Re: Where do editors come from?

I would argue that engineering, woodworking and editing are simply different applications of the same skill set. When writing (or, editing), doesn't one give similar consideration to the design and structure of the sentence, the paragraph, and the article/book as does the engineer building a bridge? It's like math and music being described as the same at their core.

Re: Another Coffee Table

Excellent. Love the pattern reflection - rather Escher-like.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Getting the Most from your Wood-Buying Bucks

Will the random picker smile on me this time?

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Choosing & Installing Hardware by Robert J. Settich

This would make a nice addition to the shelves.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: 500 Tables (Updated with winner)

I'll get to the plunge cut in a minute. I need to rest after lifting this big router up onto the work piece.

Re: More Details on the Carlos Osorio Tablesaw Lawsuit

I'm hoping that Ryobi will appeal the verdict and a better-informed court will reverse the decision. The injury was caused by user negligence and lack of proper training.

While I like the SawStop technology, there is a big difference between gingerly edging a hot dog into the blade and doing so at normal working speeds.

Re: Woodworker or Sculptor?

Very interesting work.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Woodworking Techniques, from Fine Woodworking magazine

I'll add my name to the hat for this one.

Re: Miracle Shield Blocks Kickback

When will these be available at Woodcraft? ;-)

Re: Walnut and Cherry Cabinet

Could you tell us about the material used for the sliding doors, Kent?

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Wood Finishing Fixes by Michael Dresdner

Learning how to fix the fiascoes would go a long way toward getting started with a fine finish.

Re: Tommy MacDonald and WGBH pursue a new woodworking show

I for one (and, an old one at that) hope the new show finds sponsors and is a success. I think it's misguided to attempt to compare the proposed show to New Yankee or any other show, simply because they share a basic topic. Although some older feathers may be ruffled by Tommy's youth and exuberance, those qualities may well appeal to a younger crowd and accomplish something similar to what Norm did in the past.

For me, ANY woodworking show is better than yet another 3-hour self-help marathon, or a ten-part mini-series on the history of the shovel.

Re: Take Great Photographs of Your Work--With Any Digital Camera

Asa, while I appreciate the enthusiasm aimed at producing articles for FWW, the approach seems to be lacking in recognition and respect for professional-level photographic skills and techniques. The equivalent woodworking class would be "Learn how to make Hepplewhite chairs in an afternoon". Pro photographers spend years learning how to do this well, and spend a lot of money on the proper equipment. Is FWW really looking for more poorly-lit fuzzy photos done with digi-point-n-shoot cameras for the magazine?

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Tables You Can Make, from the editors of Woodworker's Journal

I have a bare spot on my shelf that's just the right size for this book. ;-)

Re: Walnut poka-dot stool/side table

Interesting design, and definitely a creative use of scraps and reclaimed parts.

Would you call this a "measle-ly" stool? ;-)

Re: Make it Stick: A Guide to Glue Ups

Tom - if you didn't see them, the subsequent pages (1 | 2 | 3 | 4 next>) contain tidbits.

Whether they are tasty enough is up to the individual reader, of course. ;-)

Re: Borrowing Tools

I, too, like to wax Shakespearean. I keep a real-looking skull in the shop. When asked to borrow a tool, I take the skull in hand and lament, "Alas, poor tool borrower, I knew him well." ;-)

One can also post a sign: "Tool borrowers shot on sight".

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Civil War Woodworking by A.J. Hamler

I enjoyed woodworking during the Civil War (what my cousin called the War of Northern Aggression) - peaceful and therapeutic compared to all that flying lead. ;-)

Re: New Study Discusses Tablesaw Injuries

My guess is that most shop accidents are caused by user error, not tool design flaws. Not taking the time to read and understand the safety precautions that come with the tool may be the first source of problems. Then, failing to think through an operation (no injury-repair pun intended) before actually doing it, and failing to ask, "Can I do this in a different, safer way?" Then, there's TWNHTM - the That Would Never Happen To Me syndrome.

Re: Is a college professor any smarter than a skilled furniture maker?

I agree that "ignorance" is best defined as simply a lack of knowledge, without any assumption as to the source of said knowledge. And, when discussing such matters, it is helpful if one eschews obfuscatory sesquipedalianisms. ;-)

Re: reclaimed hickory dinning table and chairs

Great looking set, Scott.

Where did you find the reclaimed hickory?

Re: "680 Pound Workbench" Made Out Of Old Growth, White Oak

Wow, now that's a bench, not to mention a great buy on the timber.

I can't imagine doing that much timer on a milling machine, though. You must be a very patient man, Dennis.

Re: iPad and Woodworking?

I just finished upgrading from clay tablets to papyrus. Does this mean I have to upgrade again? Sheesh! ;-)

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Make Your Own Walking Sticks by Charles Self

Add me to the list of those who would like to have the book. My aluminum cane looks so . . . well, un-woodworky.

Re: My Day in the 4th Grade

There are few things more rewarding than exposing kids to a new area of endeavor, new skills, or new science. Not all of the "light bulbs" go on, but those that do make it worth the effort.

Re: Poll: What's more important? Speed or the joy of woodworking?

I think the answer depends on whether the work is being done as a hobbyist or a pro, where time is a balance between quality and profit.

Personally, I mostly like to take my time, smelling the fresh shavings (or, sawdust) along the way.

With respect to methods (the focus of the tenon-out), however, my choices are often based on how I feel my hand skills compare, precision-wise, to what I can achieve with a machine. Proper set-up of the machine often takes longer for me, though.

Re: One editor's day on the road - in 28 seconds

I think I detected some wasted motion at 14.23757 seconds, Matthew. ;-)

Should you want to take longer, try shooting with an 8x10 view camera. ;-)

Re: Hand-tool lovers converge on Williamsburg

Thanks for the report, Asa. The conference sounds like a wonderful opportunity.

By chance, does either the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, or Taunton, do DVDs of the sessions for sale to those of us out here on the frontier? (I have a roadrunner chasing a lizard on a treadmill to power my DVD player. ;-) )

Re: The Woodworking Shows

I wonder why the woodworking shows never come to Rio Rancho, New Mexico? ;-)

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

I was really hoping for a #4 workshop expander, but I didn't see it on any of the polls. ;-)

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Wood Turning, from Tree to Table by Bill Bowers and Wooden Bowls from the Scroll Saw by Carole Rothman

Turning a few wooden plates would be a big improvement over the flat rocks I'm using now. The rocks are pretty durable, but tough to hold onto in the wash water. ;-)

Re: Happy Holidays from Millers Falls

And, FWIW, the MF keyhole saws actually did work - for things like cutting outlet holes in sheetrock, but they weren't as versatile as the MF marketing department wanted us to believe.

I still have a couple of those puppies. Last used about 30 years ago, as I recall.

Re: Happy Holidays from Millers Falls

I tried buying tools as Christmas gifts for all three of my ex-wives.

Obviously, that didn't work out well. ;-)

Re: Dovetailed drawers are overrated

To paraphrase the line from the old movie, "I don't need no stinking dovetails." I equip all of my drawers with motor-driven worm gears, activated by a remote control. ;-)

There is a possibility, however, for practitioners of any craft to become overly obsessive about certain aspects of the craft. Dovetails may be one of those instances for woodworkers. I've never understood the lack of interest in hand-cut hexagonal mortices and tenons, however. ;-)

Re: UPDATED: What Tools Are on Your Holiday Wish List?

Dear Santa,

I'd really like to get a Time Machine for Christmas. That way, I could go back to when exotic woods were both available and affordable, buy a whole bunch of it, and sticker it away for the present time.

Oh, and I've been a good boy, too. (At my age, the choices are limited).

Re: New addition to my tool collection

Congrats on the find, Matthew. Old Delta iron is tough to beat, unless you have a bush out back that grows cast-iron sticks. ;-)

Re: FREE PLAN: Rip Fence Extension: A Safer Way to Cut Plywood

How about a screw-in leg to support the end of that outrigger fence?

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: 500 Chairs and 500 Tables

The only thing better than a good book is a free good book. ;-)

Re: Make a Bed in 60 Seconds

Yeah, those sheets looked pretty loose. Not likely to pass the bouncing-quarter inspection. ;-)

Re: Norm Abram at Old Sturbridge Village

Good thinking, Ms. Roman. Norm deserves the pat on the plaid.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Modern Cabinet Work by Percy A. Wells and John Hooper

I could definitely use this book. The furniture I carved from the sandstone in my cave is starting to wear. Plus, the "sofa" is really cold in the winter. ;-)

Re: New Yankee Workshop Series Ends

Even though I don't consider myself a "Normite", this is sad news. I wonder what prompted the decision to discontinue the show?

Re: Second-Hand Tools

I hope your refurb works out OK, Patrick.

One possible lesson in the experience is to take a magnifier along on yard-sale adventures, allowing closer scrutiny of higher-priced items. ;-)

Re: The Importance of Hand Skills in Education

I completely agree with the idea that teaching hand skills is relevant, even in a digital age. A parallel exists in teaching analog photography basics to budding photographers who have only experienced the use of digital cameras. Both lead to better understanding and a more well-rounded mind.

Teaching hand skills, of course, goes back thousands of years - back to the time that learning flint napping, for example, was essential to bring home dinner. Back then, outsourcing the task to manual craftspersons in China or India wasn't possible.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: New Masters of the Wooden Box by Oscar P. Fitzgerald

This might help me to think inside the box.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Essential Guide to the Steel Square by Ken Horner

I've always wanted to get my angles right. ;-)

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture by Robert W. Lang

To paraphrase the frog, "It's not easy being Greene."

Re: Working with reclaimed lumber, part 3

No sliding mini-dovetails on the dividers? ;-)

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: American Furniture 2003, Edited by Luke Beckerdite

Please allow me to cut your chances in half, Jake. ;-)

Re: Special Krenov focus in FWW is a strange coincidence

Life has a nasty habit of ending, usually well before we'd like it to do so. Worse, there are no exemptions for those, like Krenov and Maloof, whom we'd like to have around forever. But, they live on in the on-going inspiration they provide. Rest in peace, Mr. Krenov, and Mr. Maloof, as well.

Re: What's your favorite hand or power tool?

I agree that it's tough to choose a favorite tool. But, after some consideration, I've settled on my brain, even though it's probably the least-capable tool in the shop.

Re: My Mother's Urn

Excellent work, and a distinctive design.

Re: Broken power tool: Junk it or fix it?

I haul out the spare, continue to work, and then repair the broken one later. Doesn't everyone buy two of everything, plus spare parts? ;-)

Seriously, for me, the repair/replace question is one of economics vs. features. If the repair is cheap, it has a chance . . . unless the features of a new version are too attractive to pass up.

Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodworking Classic Covers: The Game

Fun game, but is there a link that shows all of the differences after one has tried to spot them?

Re: Toothpick art may float your boat, but is it woodworking?

Do the toothpicks have T&G joints routed along each edge? Or, did he use nano-biscuits? ;-)

Re: Tool Time in Vegas: AWFS 2009 Roundup

re: Laguna's new LT14 SUV Bandsaw

"SUV" - does that mean it consumes more amps than one would expect? ;-)

Re: Poll: The Next FWW Tool Test

I'm interested in mortisers, but limiting the comparison to benchtop models is much less interesting. I'm more curious about whether floor models are worth the added expense. In other words, my suggestion is to consider the real buying decisions people make when determining the scope of a tool review.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Choosing & Using Hand Tools

Does it cover the flint and copper tools I'm still using? ;-)

Re: Week One: Building an Arts and Crafts Table

Nice to put some faces to names in the masthead. Thanks, everyone.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: The New Complete Guide to the Band Saw

One might quibble about whether the band saw is the *most* important tool in the shop, but it's certainly among the top contenders in my shop. Now, to go carve one of those big "champion" belts out of wood (oval cut on the bandsaw, of course), and hire a couple of "round girls". ;-)

Re: Garden tote is easy and useful

It's great to get the kids involved in woodworking, and this is a simple-enough project to ensure their success. Others have commented on safety issues.

The design of the tote, however, might prompt additional gifts of a gym membership and steel-toed boots. The sides of the tote are heavier than they need to be, requiring Mom to pump more wood than she needs to, and the handle would be better placed inside a hole drilled in the end panels. As-is, supporting the weight of the tote and contents depends on the fasteners in the end grain of the end panels.

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