Recent comments

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

Scottg52 - While I understand, I think, the gist of your comment. It's a bit brash. And in all likelihood at some level a bit disingenuous. Albeit unintensional I'm sure.
I hope you rethink and repost what I believe is your intended meaning. To paint everyone who's ever bought a plan, a magazine with plans, etc. an idiot is, is; well lets just say its a lot of things.
I hope your posting was intended to be no more than a quip.


Re: UPDATE: Carving in the Round by Andrew Thomas and How to Carve Wood by Richard Butz

Looks interesting. I'm in.

Re: It's impossible to cheat at woodworking

So it seems we all pretty much agree that tools in of themselves are essentially and fundamentally jigs. Yes?
But then is it a shop made jig or store bought? And on and on.

Oh, and I'll assume we're talking about solid "honest" wood right? Not sheet goods and the like? Else we'd be "dishonest" or impure right from the start. Wouldn't matter how that rabbit, groove or hole was achieved. And on and on again.

The underlying question seems to be more of where the line of demarcation is between "cheating" and "honest" woodworking.
Apparently, a little different for most of us. Makes for good discussion indeed.

I'll draw that line between hand vs power tools.
A pedal powered lathe would be considered an "honest" tool or jig I suppose. As would moulding planes vs router or shaper.

Don't pass off machined worked as hand work and we'll all fall into that "honest" category.


Re: It's impossible to cheat at woodworking

For me it depends on the project.
18 drawers for a kitchen get done with a jig.
That pair of unique end tables with a drawer gets more hand work, but still some machine work.
I do need to get paid.
I'll save the romantic quaintness for those purists with more time. And I admire and give them there due.
Having said that, when I do have time; I thouroughly enjoy the challenge of eastern joinery with hand tools.
Pick your own poison. Just don't complain when you take it!

Re: TWW/Benchcrafted Split Top Roubo Bench

Its a beauty.
I'd like your feedback regarding the hardware.
Is it as nice as advertised? I've been eyeing this very bench for some time. Torn between this and the more conventional bench of our current times.
Thanks for sharing!

Re: woodworking


Love the work!
I am currently working up a Greene N greene style light for my kitchen.
Do you recommend flourescent fixtures or the standard.
Any particular methodoloy to placing the bulbs to even out the brightness?
Thank you

Re: Celtic Knot, French Style Rolling Pin

Is this a veneer wrap?
Curious about the prodedure.
Thanks for sharing!

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

Sketchup is a tool I realy need to learn how to use.
This sounds like a great way to get schooled.

Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodworking Best Workbenches from the editors of Fine Woodworking and a special magazine issue, Workbenches.

This could prove to be the best library addition in awhile.
Plus my 3rd or 4th make-shift bench is wore out and on the brink of collapse.
Got my fngers crossed.

Re: Drool-Worthy Workshop Videos for 2012

Hi Garrett,

Thank you for sharing.
I also tend to have a lot of things "out".
And dust is an often winning nemesis.
Is your DC outside the building?
If so, is it a major heat loss factor.


Re: Woodbridge Basement Workshop

I certainly appreciate all the work you put into your shop.
Please forgive the arm chair quarterbacking - but one of your pictures sparked an idea.
The pull out you have the portable planer on.
Omit a drawer, raise the pull out shelf,, turn the planer 90deg. Then you can use it with out having to lift it out.

Just a thought

Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodstrip Canoe Building from Bear Mountain Boats

I made the Prospector in mahogany, trimmed in ash.
Created a decorative strip made up of 196 pieces on each side above the waterline.
It is a challenge but Ted Moore's book is very well written.
I did cane my own seats as well - another first.Ted's book was a bit short on this subject.
Now having that cd would have been great - come late than never Nick!

Re: Behold, the Speed Tenon

Hey Jack,

Easy guy, opinions were sought out and received.
Sure, some came off as being preachy, albeit well intentioned.
That's all, except I hope today is a better day for you.

Be well

Re: Behold, the Speed Tenon

Bottom line - they're your fingers.
Smacks of laziness and crude methodology to me.
And I'm no "purist" by a long shot.
There are enough ways of getting hurt in the shop with out forcing the issue.
Also, I find it hard to believe it leaves a smooth tenon.
The amount of ripple would be proportionate to how aggressive the stock is fed.
Besides, I prefer thin kerf blades.
So, no thank you.
Disclaimer - This is not to say I've never nibbled away stock in this fasion.

Re: Birth Interrupts FWW Video Shoot

Now there's a project well done!

Gwyneth \gw(y)-ne-th\ as a girl's name is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Gwyneth is "happiness".


Re: Win a 10-in. jointer-planer from Austria

I'll second Lynford's comment.
There are a number of drawings I've passed on because I don't care to join social media groups.

Re: We're Giving Away Grooving Planes!

Groov'n planes hipper than my plaid shirt!

Re: Cutlists are a waste of space

I say pick your poison.
Because I've been screwed by inaccurate cutlists - I found myself wasting a lot of time verifying them. Even if they're spot on I still cut them strong, scribe and trim to fit.
Besides, more often than not I've scaled the project up or down to fit a specific nook.
A good undersatnading of proportions and furniture basics will take you further than a cutlist. And will serve you better in getting you to think, create and improvise for yourself.
I'd rather have the overall dimensions, expanded drawings and notes regarding any unique assembly concerns.

That's my wooden nickel's worth

Re: Step Stool

That's some wicked figure!
Great way to show it off as well.

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

Making chairs has always been a daunting project.
Especially the testing phase!


Re: Silverware Divider

A project I've been getting to for a little longer than forever. Sorry; but the wife won't see this.

I will say, it's just not right that your silverware matches.LOL

well done


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