Brad McFarland, Kettering, OH, US

Gender: Male

Recent comments

Re: It's impossible to cheat at woodworking

We’re all cheatingthen if you take that statement to heart. Did you make the tools that you use to do woodworking? No!
You Cheater! LOL

I was making my own Jigs before I knew that’s what they were called a “JIG”. My shop is full of them, some as simple as a stop gauge and others far more complex.

I pride myself on “Handmade” woodworking, which means, I “made” them with my “Hands”. My hands guided the tools, to make the cut, to connect the joint, squeeze the glue bottle, tighten the clamp, sand to perfection and apply the finish. I didn’t make the saw, clamps, glue, sandpaper or stain. I use my skills and talents to use these items to produce an end product the best my ability allows me to.

My good friend who’s a painting contractor, ask to use my shop and tools to make a bunch of circle templates out of Masonite.
He charged forwarded using a compass to draw the circles and a jigsaw to cut them out while I stood back. After finishing my coffee and watching him hack up several caveman shaped discs, I suggested using my radius jigs (handmade) that attaches to my band saw. I rough cut a few squares from the sheet, set up the jig and completed 2 perfect discs in a rather short period of time.

After watching how quick, simple and accurate it was, he said “Ya, But that’s cheating”!

I was dumbfounded. Cheating? How the hell is that even a factor to consider? To cheat would imply that rules were broken. What are the “Rules”? Who’s the judge?

Since being considered a "Cheat" I gave him the option to complete the remaining discs his way.....he quick declined.

When I’m charged with a task(s) to complete an objective, I go about it with intelligence, knowledge and know-how to complete in the most accurate, efficient and timely manner as possible. The very first thing I do, look for a jig that’ll work. Or make one that will!

Re: Innovative Way to Carry Lumber in a Car

I know that guy! He Worked for me once!
Emphisis on ONCE!

Re: Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and Woodcraft part ways

"MikeKrueger" Makes a very valid point, Who has not started off using cheaper tools then took the step up to the "Big Boy Toys". I have, and I think I have one more "Piece-O-Craftsman" to hand down to the next aspiring novice woodworker til I rid my shop of "Starter Models".

Re: Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and Woodcraft part ways

All the guys at my Woodcraft (Dayton, Ohio) have always been helpful and ready to demonstrate nearly anything your interested in. I've seen hand plane Demonstrations at woodcraft in the past. Sounds more like an excuse than a reason to me.
If I were responsible for these Tools, I'd lock them up as well. It sounds more like Lie-Nielsen has "I'll just take my ball and go home" attitude.

Peace All,

Re: 8 non-woodworking tools for woodworkers

4'x 8' sheet of styro foam makes a great platform for cutting sheet goods. Used under a sheet of plywood before cutting it provides a buffer zone for your blade, keeps the ply flat stable, and reduces tear out, pinching & kick back.

I've cut mine down to 4, 24"x48" pieces. Makes them easier to store, easier to setup and I only need to grab one or two sections when cutting smaller pieces of stck.



Re: 8 non-woodworking tools for woodworkers

Some of these suggestions are great, like the mouse pad, the mayo squeeze bottle and Wire nuts on caulk tubes.

Some are just stupid. A Coffee mug is a tool? a fire extenguisher? smoke detector? C'mon! That's as sensable as "I use elctrical outlets, I find it makes the power tools work better when you switch them on"! I have them all over the shop!" C'mon!

Here's a tip. I've found sanding pads at my local woodworking store to be somewhat overpriced and typically undersized. You can find the same type of pads at Bed Bath & beyond sold as shelf linning and dinning room table pads.
They're large enough to fit your entire bench, at 1/4 the price. Cut to size to fit your needs. Save the small scraps,
you can use them as coasters under your woodworking coffee mug tool.

Re: Is it OK to sell furniture based on FWW articles?

I've never built anything from someone else's plans. It's not satifying! But I have built things from pictures of other peoples work, and called it my own. Because it is! If compared side by side and piece by piece they're two entirely different projects that look similar.

We're all inspired by what we see, it's what keeps us fresh and challenged in our skill and trade. My client come to me with pictures and drawings of what they want, I use my skills and talents to produce it.

I've been ask by others for plans of my work, and simply replied, "If you need the plans your not skilled enough to copy it, and If your skilled enough to copy it, You don't need the plans! If you can't make your own version, sell your tools, take the cash and buy what you wanted to build.
Then sit back with that feeling of self reward and say "I bought that with my tools".


Re: Garden tote is easy and useful

Reply to Ralphbarkers comment

I agree, yet disagree. One thing to keep in mind is it's a kid’s project. The K.I.S.S. rule applies here more than ever. (K.I.S.S. = Keep It Simple, Stupid)

The Introduction to woodworking for kids should be in such a way that they learn the basics but not all at once. I let my daughter design and build a variety of projects that were flawed with mistakes, some even ended up in the fireplace. (Sort of a fun way to distract discouragement). But like the Art class ashtray-paperweight-paperclip-holder every parent has been gifted with from their aspiring 4th grade sculptor, it’s the love in the work that obscures the flaws. My Father’s Day gift happens to be a volcano shaped pencil holder that only holds one pencil, and I LOVE IT.

There are several projects my daughter is embarrassed to see at Grandmas house. One in particular is a jewelry box with a mismatched top, a not so square base and hinges that bind. Why so embarrassed? Because she now sees the various flaws.

The best part about it is now when she looks at it, she knows what she did wrong, how she should've done it, and what she could do better. "I Can do so much better than that now" (in her words). But Grandma loves it and uses it.

If we don't learn from our mistakes there's nothing to improve upon.

To a woodworker, the tote has design flaws. But to a Mom, it's the most wonderful gift ever (next to the paperweight).


Re: Garden tote is easy and useful


What a wonderful job Lucy did on the Tote. I'm certain Mom will find it a rather handy helper with her tasks. Good job Lucy. "Girls Rock".

I would like to see more articles on Kids in the work shop, But with an emphasis on Safety. My Daughter started using and building projects in my shop at age 8. She's now 12 and is very well skilled on a variety of my larger tools and equipment.

Safety should be the priority. "Dress for the Job": Long sleeves, long hair and loose clothing can get caught or snagged on just about anything. No jewelry like rings and bracelets. Even hats and aprons work well to hold back clothing and to keep hair out of the eyes. Along with the obvious hearing and eye protection.

I practice what I preach: You can follow this link to see her in action and dress for the job. She's on page 2 mid ways down.


Brad McFarland

Re: Tablesaw techniques I wouldn't recommend

In response to GRJensen :

I however did find the Pepsi commercial very funny. My initial reaction to the kick back clip was the same as yours…….”Ohhhh!” followed be a good laugh at the end. Because none of the incidents really happened, The Actors didn’t really get hurt and the humorous response of “I’m Good” by the victims was as if it‘s not the first time they’ve been there done that.

This video is the exact opposite in all respects. Just another naive haphazard Jackass, clueless to how many times he’s avoided a serious injury.

Someone please tell the moron in the video to turn his motor off before doing a tuneup, or at least have him start with the oil change first. Hopefully the motor will seize before he gets to changing the fan belt.


Re: Tablesaw techniques I wouldn't recommend

correction (Typo)

You shouldn't lick your table saw blade while it's spinning either, but do you really think we need a video demonstrating why?

Re: Tablesaw techniques I wouldn't recommend

In response to roge05156:

"All an act”,”to point out unsafe practices"?

You should lick your table saw blade while it's spinning either, but do you really think we need a video demonstrating why?

If this video helped explain safety to you, I hope the only power tools you possess are made by Hasbro, Mattel or Playschool.

Here's a useful tip, roge05156:
Keep your health insurance premiums up to date,



Re: Tablesaw techniques I wouldn't recommend

Matthew Kenney,

Why? What purpose does this serve?
Aside from agreeing with most of the comments, I find this video completely useless. Other than opening the door for other copycat morons, this video serves no purpose whatsoever. Even more so in a "Fine wood working" forum.

I struggle to find it amusing or entertaining, nor is there any educational value. This is, at best, a rather poor example of a clueless Jackass weekend wantabe woodworker with the hopes and dreams to famous for his moronic displays of stupidity, and you are now his promoter.

This comes from a former college professor, really?
I guess it does serve one purpose, to fill in a blank space on your forum?

Come on Matt, get back on track.


Advertise here for as little as $50. Learn how