Tom McKenna, Wallingford, CT, US
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Come to the Colonial Williamsburg Conference on 18th-Century Desks

I'm happy to announce that registration is open for the 17th annual Working Wood in the 18th Century conference, "Desks: The Write Stuff," presented by Colonial Williamsburg and Fine Woodworking...

2014 Cartouche Award Winner Announced

I just returned from Working Wood in the 18th Century: Dining in Style, a conference co-sponsored by the people at Colonial Williamsburg and Fine Woodworking. It's a great venue, and the presenters...

Wanna get sharp? Get a system.

A consistent sharpening regimen will give you consistent results

A Basic Bench That's Quick To Make

You can build this bench in a weekend.

New Woodworking Machinery Maker Hits the Ground Running

Baileigh Industries rolls out a full line-up in just a few months

Big Router Table on a Budget

By using inexpensive lumber and grabbing castoffs from other woodworkers, I was able to put money where it matters most: a high-end router lift

IWF also puts an emphasis on design

Design Emphasis is a furniture design competition sponsored by the International Woodworking Fair (IWF), where student projects are judged on their design, manufacturing, marketability, and...

Knockout knock-down furniture at IWF

One of the highlights of the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) is seeing student furniture exhibited in the Design Emphasis Showcase and the WoodLINKS USA competition. Design EmphasisDesign...

Whiteside Rolls Out the Cadillac of Flush-Trimming Bits

Top of the line bits eliminate tearout

General International Router Table Kits Give You Lots of Options

General's router tables have many clever upgrades to fences and dust collection

Veritas Unveils Unplugged Innovation

Not all the tools at this year's IWF get plugged in. Lee Valley Tools (Veritas) staked a nice, cozy corner of Hall B to showcase a number of their new and existing hand tools and accessories. Wally...

Powermatic's Philosophy: Go Big, or Go Home

Powermatic introduces game-changing machinery at this year's IWF

MIT Students and Professor Invent Handheld CNC Router System

Could this device change the future of woodworking?

All-in-One Drill from Festool

Their new hybrid drill-driver/impact driver could be the only drill you need.

Miter Saw Recalled

SkilSaw 10-in. compund miter saw recalled due to laceration hazard

Vivid Story of a Turning Class at Marc Adams

Column in the Chicago Tribune is an honest description of one guy's woodworking journey, and it's a great read

General Consolidates Operations, Closes its Canadian Factory

General Mfg. will soon shutter its only North American manufacturing plant.

Custom Tool Holders for Pegboard

Convenient way to store small power tools on pegboard

Armless Carpenter Turns to his Feet

Handless woodworker in Ethiopia earns a living despite his setback

California Considers Tougher Safety Standards for Tablesaws

Legislation would require all saws sold in the state to have "active injury mitigation technology"

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

As per a request from the Power Tool Institute, the CPSC has extended the comments deadline

Delta's New 14-in. Bandsaw has a European Flair

The new model will be available in March, the company says

Milwaukee's new battery charger handles both 12v and 18v packs—at the same time

Milwaukee Tool Corp. has put a new twist on battery charging, with its new Multi-Voltage Charger for their M18 (18 volt) and M12 (12 volt) cordless tool line. The new system charges both size battery...

Table boldly goes where no woodworker has gone before

Barry Shields, from Sevierville, Tennessee, put his woodworking into warp drive to build this Star Trek coffee table, modeled after the iconic Starship Enterprise. It’s made of ash, poplar, and...

Successful first try at breadboard ends

A simple jig makes the process error-free

Easy, cheap way to manage cords

Small shop accessories can make a big impact

Replacement Batteries Recalled

CPSC and BatteriesPlus issue recall of replacement batteries for cordless tools

The Story Behind the Government's Pending Tablesaw Ruling

While the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission ponders more stringent safety regulations, the industry braces for the possible aftershocks

Talent and Enthusiasm Abound at the Annual Long Island Woodworkers Show

The small venue belies the immense talent on display inside

Simplify your tabletop glue-ups

Make life easier by gluing the top in smaller, more manageable sections

New drill/driver from Bosch covers all the angles

12V lithium-ion powered driver features innovative articulating head, with precision lighting

Easy-On Wax Finish for Furniture

Simple solution to getting an even application

Make Your Own Dowels

Don't bother with store-bought sticks. Making your own dowels is quick and easy and uses up those shop scraps.

Teen Woodworkers Battle it Out for International Title

Two high school woodworkers battle it out for a chance to hit the World Skills Championship in Leipzig, Germany.

AWFS Tool News: Pinnacle Bench is Ready to Work Out of the Box

It's not all about power tools here at AWFS. In the Woodcraft booth they are showing off one of the new Pinnacle Cabinetmaker Workbenches. I have to admit, when I first saw the photos of the premade...

AWFS Tool News: Put this amazing toggle clamp on all of your jigs

Bessey has re-invented the toggle clamp with an amazing self-adjusting model.

AWFS Tool News: General International Rolls Out Beefy Bandsaw and Affordable CNC

A beast of a bandsaw and CNC for the "every man" were among the highlights at this year's show.

How to Cut Tenons on the Bandsaw

Team up your tablesaw and bandsaw to cut precise tenons quickly

Made a mistake? Celebrate it!

How a mistake changed a design for the better

Rikon Rolls Out New Contractor Saw

You can see it firsthand at AWFS in Las Vegas this July

UPDATE Caption contest: Win a CommandMax Sprayer

Here's another caption contest from FWW. I caught contributing editor Rollie Johnson having "a moment" with a belt sander. Give it your best shot to win a new CommandMax sprayer from Homeright. Ill...

Woodworking Returns to Public Schools

Woodworking attempts a comeback in Boston schools

Rough Cut Director Gets Emmy Nomination

An Emmy nomination and a Telly--not bad for a first season

The $300 Woodworking Bench

How a West Virginia woodworker built his dream bench on a budget

Ryobi Recalls 300,000 Sheet Sanders

The fan can break apart and throw debris from the tool.

Grizzly's Tent Sale a Great Source for Tool Bargains

There will be four tent sales this year, in Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Washington. Gas up your truck and go!

Lamello's Zeta is a Knockout Tool for Knock-Down Furniture

The engineering marvel comes with a hefty price tag, though

Skil Revamps Router Line

Better features, improved ergonomics at an affordable price

General International Makes Mortising Easier with a Beefy Benchtop Mortiser

General International is introducing a beefy 5/8-in. benchtop hollow-chisel mortiser (model 75-040 M1) that looks to have some real convenient features for woodworkers. The head, column, and base...

Milwaukee Tools Boost Their Battery Power

12-volt and 18-volt tool lines to get the new batteries

Jet's New Spin on Dust Collection: The Vortex Cone

Jet puts a new spin on single-stage dust collectors with its Vortex Cone Technology. It will be available on several Jet 1-1/2 hp and 2 hp dust collectors, starting April 4.

A Toolkit from Grandpa

Iowa woodworker assembles a practical tool collection for his grandchildren, with lots of love tossed in

Meet the New Hampshire Furniture Masters

Now's your chance to talk furniture with some of the best makers in the country

Do you work in a small shop? Tell us about it!

Now’s your chance to get your shop ideas into the magazine Here's your chance to get your shop ideas into the magazine

Simple Solution to a Potential Shop Hazard: The SafetyGate Outlet Adapter

If you’ve ever lost electricity while using a power tool, you know how startling it can be when power comes back and the tool starts up because you forgot to turn it off after the outage. Most...

A Lean, Mean Sanding Machine: Festool's New Combination ROS/Detail Sander

Festool's newest Rotex sander looks to be a little dynamo

The Perfect Winter Woodworking Project: Snowshoes!

Get a glimpse into what it takes to make a traditional pair of wooden snow shoes.

460,000 Air Compressors Recalled

Units may overheat and pose a fire hazard

Tablesaw Safety Goes Under the Microscope--Again

Consumer Product Safety Commission to quiz saw manufacturers about the safety record of tablesaws

3-Year-Old Saves Dad After Woodworking Accident

In Keiser, Oregon, a 3-year-old is being hailed as a hero for calling 9-1-1 after his father cut himself with a chisel.

Needs Software for Managing a Shop

A reader is looking for computer help in managing their woodshop

Updated: Stanley Sells Delta Tools to Taiwanese Company

Stanley Black & Decker sells the Delta brand to Chang Type Industrial Co, a Taiwanese Company. Will move headquarters to Anderson County, SC.

Grizzly's Polar Line Freezes High Tool Prices--For Now

Last summer Grizzly Tools introduced a new tool line, the Polar Bear Series. For the most part, it looks like the company simply took some machines from their existing line-up and changed the paint...

The Perfect Holiday Gift: 3,530 Router Bits

Looking for the perfect gift for the woodworker on your holiday list? How about a lifetime's worth of router bits? Carbide Processors, Inc., a tool distributor and maker, is now offering a mega set...

On-line Crystal Ball Looks Into the Future of Pro Woodworking Jobs

Future-Jobs-O-Matic is the fortune-teller of employment; but the news for professional woodworkers is depressing

Rollie Johnson, Primetime Woodworker

Rollie gives folks a preview of his finishing seminar in Sacramento, at The Woodworking Shows exhibition

Has The Economy Tempered Your Tool Addiction?

Stanley Black & Decker sees increased profits in their tool sales. Did you contribute?

Ryobi Recalls Cordless Drills

A rough year for the toolmaker gets rougher

Our Tools & Shops Issue Rolls to the Printer

It'll be in your mailbox and on newsstands soon.

Does Cardboard Have a Place in Fine Furniture?

Resin-impregnated honeycomb is a great alternative to traditional torsion-box construction. What have you used it for?

League of N.H. Craftsmen Show Their Work

The 77th Annual Craftsmen's Fair has something for everyone, from woodworking to sewing to glassware and metalworking

Rockwell's Jigsaw in a Box

Rockwell touts its BladeRunner as a do-it-all tool for homeowners. Is it any more than that? Can it steer folks toward woodworking?

Is the Radial Arm Saw on its Last Legs?

Has the tool gone the way of the Model T or T-Rex?

Latest FWW Issue Goes to the Printer

It's not September yet, but it is here at the FWW office. We just shipped our Fall issue to the printer, and it's another winner.

I like my lumber deliveries fast, not on fire

Some guy in Dallas allegedly stole a tractor trailor full of lumber and led police on a long chase. As a former lumber-truck driver, I can relate to some of his moves. I dreampt about them often...

Open House at Phil Lowe's School

See student work and get a feel for what goes on at the Furniture Insitute of Massachusetts

Get The Most from Your Power Tools

Our latest, special collection of power tool articles just went to the printer. Don't wait to buy yours...

Secrets Unveiled at New Hampshire Furniture Design Symposium

A working weekend takes a fun turn with a series of lively lectures

Sad Sign of the Times: Brookfield (CT) Craft Center Closes

A place for folks to learn new crafts and enhance existing skills closes its doors after 56 years

Garrett Hack Visits Japanese Woodworkers

Garrett tries some Japanese handplanes while visiting Japan to compare woodworking notes with Japanese craftsmen

Woodworking Rapper has Lots of Bark

Woodworker on YouTube has some fun rapping in woodwork-speak

Former FWW Editor Opens Gallery in Tennessee

Matthew Teague, former managing editor of Fine Woodworking, and woodworker Alan Daigre are opening a gallery in Leipers Fork, TN

Benefit Concert to Help Jon Brooks Rebuild His Studio

Friends and family play music to help NHFMA member recover from a devastating shop fire

Man Wins Big Money in Tablesaw Lawsuit

Awarded $1.5 million in lawsuit that claims tablesaws are inherently defective

Gallery Exhibit to Benefit North Bennet Street School

Boston's Gallery NAGA celebrates the school's 125th anniversary by sharing proceeds from exhibit

Having Trouble Finishing? Here's a Great Product

Minwax Wipe-On Poly goes on fast and easy, without aggravating drips and runs

What are The Turning Points Along Your Woodworking Path?

What events or skill developments raised your woodworking to the next level?

The Kids Have Spoken: I Have a Cool Job

Verbatims and pictures from a great 4th-grade class

My Day in the 4th Grade

I jumped at the chance to tell kids about my cool job

Finally, a Project I Really Want to Build

I've always wanted to build a cabinet-on-stand. I'm diving in.

Hop on Board the Woodworking Bus

California art association offers mobile woodshops for kids

Innovative Way to Carry Lumber in a Car

Please don't try this.

Woodworking Club Makes and Donates Toys for Christmas

Handmade wood toys are sure to be a hit with kids

Neglected Tablesaw Gets Some Attention

Editor mends fences with a rusty saw.

For These Kids, Making Toys is an Entryway to Woodworking

Sloyd education principles thrive at the Clear Spring School in Arkansas

Rolling Stand for My New Planer

A 3 1/2 hour project that should give years of service

The Workbench of a Lifetime

Check out Garrett Hack's new workbench, a thoughtful design based on 30 years of woodworking experience. Watch the video, read the article, buy the plans.

The Importance of Hand Skills in Education

The president of North Bennet Street School talks about the importance of hand skills in creating a well-balanced education

Homeless Woodcarver with a Fondness for Presidents

CSI in Rockford, Ill., tries to identify a body

How to Use a Toothed Handplane Blade

See the benefits of using a toothed blade to rough out stock with a jack plane

The Soul of a Wooden Shoe

Designer kicks it up a notch with high-style high-heel shoe sculptures

Former Student Reminisces About Krenov

A former student gives an eloquent account of his experiences with James Krenov

8 non-woodworking tools for woodworkers

Think outside woodworking when equipping your shop

iPhone Becomes a Wood Encyclopedia

New application for woodworkers makes it easy to identify wood and includes some handy tips and references

Classic American Furniture For Sale

Check out some of the best furniture in the country at the 2009 New Hampshire Furniture Masters auction

Oily rags blamed for fire that damaged Oregon home

Sobering reminder about disposing oil-soaked rags properly

Boxmakers Who Think Outside the Box

Check out boxes from around the globe at the Messler Gallery in Rockport, Maine

Solutions for splinters

Big ones are easy to get out, but how to deal with the little buggers?

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

Check out this motorized boat made from toothpicks

Reader Says Mythbusters Missed on Hammer Strikes

Debate continues on the hazards of striking a hammer on hardened steel

Stick your tools in a shoe?

Woodworkers have always been good recyclers, but this idea may have taken one step too far.

How a Violin is Made

Discovery Channel's 'How It's Made' show gives play-by-play account of how a violin is built

Walking Tables Creep Me Out

Living tables conjure images of classic zombie flick

Salt Lake City Plane Maker Creates Line of Infill Smoothers

Gabardi & Son is hand-crafting planes to last generations

Unique expanding tables from DB Fletcher

English furniture maker designs expanding tables that will blow your mind.

Innovative Workstation for African Carpenters

American woodworker and teacher Jeffry Lohr and his wife, Linda, teamed up with a Ghanaian carpenter to help lift people in the West African nation from the grips of poverty

Sam Maloof's first commission

Taken from issue #25 of Fine Woodworking, Maloof describes his first experience with a client and her interior decorator

Down on the Farm with Garrett Hack

His handwork is not limited to the woodshop

Falling and tipping furniture a danger to kids

The number of children injured by falling furniture has increased dramatically

Chair, Heal Thyself

Too bad Humpty Dumpty didn't have this self-repairing technology

The Ultimate Mobile Base?

Need a hand moving that combination machine, cabinet saw, bench, or even a shop? Give this guy a call.

Cutting-edge High School Woodworking Program Thrives in Ohio

Check out the fun furniture created by these teen-age woodworking wunderkinds

Mark Edmundson: Out of the woodshop and into the woods

Mark Edmundson has a pretty typical shop inside a two-car garage, but the land outside his shop offers a unique escape from the noise and dust inside

Like jigs? Like box joints? You're gonna love this...

Jig fanatic makes sophisticated rig for cutting box joints

Pinewood Derby: An entrance ramp to woodworking

While building our latest entry for the Cub Scouts' annual race, my son learned how to handle a spokeshave

Baring My Basketball Soul

FWW editor makes his picks for the 2009 NCAA tournament.

PCs With Wood Roots

How a woodworker lent a helping hand to the development of the personal computer

It's Hip to Have a Square or Two

These two small tools are critical if you want a well-equipped shop

13 Tips from a Well-Traveled Woodworker

Some ideas to ease the pain of traveling; add your own, if you'd like

Beware of Stale Floor Epoxy

If your mixture doesn't blend well, you may have purchased a kit that's spent too much time on the store's shelf

Tour de Force of Woodworking Talent

Messler Gallery at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship shows off work of studio fellows

Think warm thoughts: Sign up for summer woodworking classes

Woodworking schools across the country are publishing their schedules; register before it's too late

Blanket Chest is on The Move

Peter Turner's blanket chest was recently sold

Test blocks for door trim installation? You betcha!

A woodworker's self-realization is complete.

Celebrity blanket chest for sale

Hickory and ash chest appeared on the cover of issue #203 of Fine Woodworking

Epoxy floor tip: If you don't add grit, you just might slip

If you plan to apply epoxy to a garage floor, add sand before the final coat, or you'll have to watch your step.

Economic reality check

Reader loses job, cancels subscription

Highway rest area for woodworkers

Rest area is comfortable, clean, and showcases furniture by Vermont woodworkers

Blanket Chest

This blanket chest is pretty basic. I've actually made two of them, one as a wedding gift for my sister-in-law and another as a Christmans present for my brother. I used red oak, purchased from a home center. My goal was to create continuous grain around the entire chest, so I opted to use a basic rabbet joint to connect the front, back and sides. I reinforced the joint with screws and covered the holes with grain-matched plugs. For the hinges, I used a combination hinge and lid support, which prevents the lid from crashing down on unsuspecting users.

Recent comments

Re: Wanna get sharp? Get a system.

Thanks Fred. Happy Woodworking!

Re: May I present FWW managing editor Tom McKenna

I have a shiny head.

Re: Big Router Table on a Budget

Thanks Vince

Re: IWF also puts an emphasis on design

I agree, Jeff. And as I mentioned, the piece is very comfortable, too. We met Steven's parents and grandmother while we were in the booth. A fun family, for sure.

Re: MIT Students and Professor Invent Handheld CNC Router System

A rocket-powered router. I like that...

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

Folks, I'm trying to get more info about PTI's request.

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

Nice and simple

Re: Successful first try at breadboard ends

Thanks, crooked

Re: Successful first try at breadboard ends

Thanks, Matt.

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

Thanks for the compliments, beem. But I have to defend FWW against one of your statements earlier:

"FWW like all other consumer magazines is a delivery system for advertisers, and advertising revenues are what generally pay the bills not subscribers. As such, it's never a good idea to piss off your primary revenue source, which in this case encompasses the power tool industry."

To be frank, our business model does not rely primarily on advertising, though it certainly is a factor. To maintain editorial credibility, we have a big separation between editorial and advertising, and have never held back punches in tool reviews because they include items made or sold by advertisers. As a result, we've had advertisers pull their ads because of poor showings in our reviews. Editorially, we have not taken a side in this issue, either; rather, we've tried to present both sides as fairly as we can. And when we send our comments to the CPSC, we will also be fair.

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

beem, this is a touchy subject, as you’ve noted. I think FWW has been as fair as possible in our coverage. In FWW issue #224, which comes out after the CPSC’s deadline, I wrote an article that tells the story of how this whole issue developed. Unfortunately our interviews with PTI representatives were used for the print article and never made it online. However, I’ll post the text of that article in a related blog. You’ll see comments from both the PTI and SawStop (Stephen Gass), and get insight into how we’ve gotten to this point with the pending CPSC ruling. You’ll also see some details of the Osorio vs. One World Technologies lawsuit that brought this to the fore.

Re: Easy-On Wax Finish for Furniture

Good info, rmnbike. Thanks...

Re: Make Your Own Dowels

Thanks for the tip, Swagmann

Re: How to Cut Tenons on the Bandsaw

Dr, I think that would work, but in this case the cheek and top and bottom shoulders were different widths.

Re: Made a mistake? Celebrate it!

I'm glad I'm not alone in where I find "inspiration"

Re: Rikon Rolls Out New Contractor Saw

Yes, Woodsmithy. Shame on me... thanks

Re: UPDATE Caption contest: Win a CommandMax Sprayer

Thank you all for the witty comments. It was a tough choice, but I picked the caption by Dzunner (on June 7):

"When Powermatic decided to enter the electric razor market, there were bound to be a few design obstacles."

I'll be shipping out the prize next week.

Re: Woodworking Returns to Public Schools

My shop teachers had a very positive impact on me. They often had more common sense answers than the guidance counselors did.

Re: The $300 Woodworking Bench

Dean, I'm hoping to get high res images from Jerry so folks can get a better look.

Re: Grizzly's Tent Sale a Great Source for Tool Bargains

Thanks for the tips, Preston71.

Re: Do you work in a small shop? Tell us about it!

Thanks for all the feedback, folks. I'm still poring through all the responses. More to come...

Re: A Toolkit from Grandpa

Dean, Mr. Smith says the entire kit cost around $600 (he recommends buying the items when they're on sale--more good advice).

Re: A Lean, Mean Sanding Machine: Festool's New Combination ROS/Detail Sander

The most sound tool advice I've ever heard is to buy the best tool you can afford.

Re: Has The Economy Tempered Your Tool Addiction?

@Joe4: Used tools are a great option for budget-minded folks. We'll be running an article on buying used machinery in an upcoming issue.

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

Santa's elves can make a lot of toys with these bits...

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

Thanks for the offer, Tom, but I can't accept gifts from mfgs.

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

No reason to apologize. I thought the sale was interesting. Thanks for the clarifications.

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

I wonder how much jail time he got...

Re: Sad Sign of the Times: Brookfield (CT) Craft Center Closes

Boy, mv, I hope not, but the road certainly seems to be heading that way.

Re: What are The Turning Points Along Your Woodworking Path?

Yup, hand tools are a big jump for most woodworkers... me included. The refinements you can make with hand tools are unrivaled by most machines.

Re: What are The Turning Points Along Your Woodworking Path?

I've learned a lot from Garrett during various photo shoots in his shop, not only about woodworking but also about design. He has a great eye.

Re: The Kids Have Spoken: I Have a Cool Job

I'd love to go back and talk about woodworking, shrogers. I think it would be fun.

Re: Turning My First Green Bowl

I'm bowled over, JT. Nice job.

Re: Hop on Board the Woodworking Bus

flubaru, you can make a donation by calling (626) 798-7774. You also could arrange to make a donation by visiting Side Street Projects' website (; click on the "support" tab at the top of the page.

Re: Finally, a Project I Really Want to Build

But then I wouldn't be able to watch the game or eat my nachos without making a large mess.

Re: Finally, a Project I Really Want to Build

I wish I had more time to learn about SketchUp. Honestly, I'd rather spend the little free time I have in the shop... or at a nice warm pub.

Re: Mock up leads to a happy ending

Nice job, Mike, as usual. I followed your lead on making a mockup. Check out my blog at:

Re: Finally, a Project I Really Want to Build

Thanks, Gina. Just ignore some of my harsh language in the FWW shop as I build this thing. By the way, folks should also check out Mike Pekovich's blog on how he used a mockup in building his Arts and Crafts display case:

His project will be published in FWW #211.

Re: How to Use a Toothed Handplane Blade

Not yet.

Re: Working with reclaimed lumber, part 4

That's dandy! Seriously...

Re: 8 non-woodworking tools for woodworkers

Davie, if you use it, it's a woodworking tool...

Re: 8 non-woodworking tools for woodworkers

Wow, these are all excellent ideas. I can't believe I forgot the Sharpie!

Re: Top 7 Woodworking Pet Peeves

Matt, were you really woodworking with those hands or hunting wild boar with a knife?

Re: Oily rags blamed for fire that damaged Oregon home

Scary stuff, and it's so easy to forget about the rags.

Re: Why Yes, I am a Dandy Woodworker

Here's a dandy website: Based on that site, I can attest to the fact that Matt is no dandy.

Re: Behind the scenes at a video workshop

Yup, we have a great video staff. I can attest to the fact that the producers make the talent work really hard... But it's worth the effort, for sure.

Re: Sharpening 101: A Lesson in Cutting the Cheese?

That's probably better than head cheese... though I suppose if he cut himself it could be wine cheese...

Re: How a Violin is Made

goodguy, thanks for your input and thoughtful comments. I'm happy the post brought back fond memories for you. (Thanks also for pointing out the mistake.)

Re: Salt Lake City Plane Maker Creates Line of Infill Smoothers

Not even close, sleepy. Matt doesn't have a price list on his site, but he tells me many of the planes cost a bit more than $2K. They are custom made, so the price obviously isn't as low as what you'd pay for a factory made tool.

Re: A rest stop for woodworkers

The folks who work there are very helpful and friendly, too.

Re: America's most important piece of furniture?

One word: Magnificent

Re: Innovative Workstation for African Carpenters

Folks, I received a note from Jeff Lohr, with a bit more info on his program. Here's an excerpt...

“Thanks for the fine write up on the blog and the effort you put forth to publish something about our project in Ghana, W. Africa. This effort was both founded and to this day remains in a primarily woodworking based community. You should know that 90% of the funding for this project has come solely from private and personal donations from the students that have attended my Practical Woodworking Course that I offer 8 weeks out of each year when I am able to schedule such classes around regular commission work. I am proud to say that each student based their donations and support for this project on the value of their own woodworking experience here at my shop in Schwenksville, PA. Nonetheless, we are in constant need of funding to keep our high quality grassroots project on track so your piece about us on the BLOG may generate some private interest in getting us much needed additional support from the USA based woodworking community.”

--Jeff Lohr

Re: Down on the Farm with Garrett Hack

I'm still trying to get all the manure out of the crevices in the soles of my shoes. Garrett does have a special life. Thanks for the comments (and background on farm safety)

Re: Pinewood Derby: An entrance ramp to woodworking

I'd join that league...

Re: Baring My Basketball Soul

There goes one Final Four prediction... See ya, W. VA.

Re: 13 Tips from a Well-Traveled Woodworker

Great tips. Thanks for sharing...

Re: Test blocks for door trim installation? You betcha!

I don't recall that article, but I'd be happy to help you with any of your questions about joints.

Re: Epoxy floor tip: If you don't add grit, you just might slip

Memphis, 70s is a nice temperature range for applying epoxy. Just be sure those ducks from the Peabody don't tread on it. As for the detritus, a little calamine goes a long way toward keeping it under control.

Re: Epoxy floor tip: If you don't add grit, you just might slip

Exactly, but I think my language during and after the fall may have been a bit more ... colorful.

Re: Garden tote is easy and useful

I recently made one of these with my son, Ryan. We had a great time doing it.

Re: Highway rest area for woodworkers

I loved that playscape dad.


Re: Blanket Chest

Thanks for the compliments...

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