Owen Sound, ON, CA

Recent comments

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

This would serve as incentive to try this wood carving thing... although my turkey carving is NOT a thing of beauty...

Re: UPDATE: Arts & Crafts Style Coffee Table with Gregory Paolini

Sweet looking table...

Re: A Smart Cart for Scraps

I built this ages ago. Second only to my drill-press table as the most useful shop-thing I ever built.

Re: Time to end the hand vs. power battle

I tripped a little on the word "physics" as well, but I definitely take the overall points being made.

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

Could definitely make use of this... dragging my heels a bit on Sketchup...

Re: UPDATE: Woodworking 101 by Aime Fraser, Matthew Teague, and Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk

This looks like a good book to have, if only for that table on the cover, which looks like a fun build.

Re: Cutlists are a waste of space

Just call it a "rough cut list" and offer it as a download for those serious about building the piece. It's useful information. The warnings about the dangers of treating it as gospel, though, are also useful! Relative dimensioning is certainly a core concept.

Re: Free Plan: 3-in-1 Joinery Jig for the Tablesaw

Is it just me, or is this not really a combo jig if you have to unscrew, for example, the vertical fence and re-attach it at 45 degrees, depending on what you're trying to do. Easier to make two or three jigs, purpose built and ready to use. Or am I missing something?

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Making Wooden Chess Sets by Jim Kape

I'm a lousy chess player, but at least I'd have the satisfaction of winning the book...

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

My two cents:

(1) I don't even have room for my mitre saw in the winter, when my wife insists on using the garage... so no new tools for me, old-fangled or new-fangled... I've got the basics covered...

(2) I took up woodworking, or got more serious about it, as part of a retirement-initiated change-of-gears, from computer professional to hobby craftsman... I'll goof around in Sketchup, and take care of a few web clients, but beyond that? No, I'm not looking to pursue computer-based woodworking....

Those CNC machines kind of cheese me off, to be honest... just a gut reaction...

Re: Spalt Your Own Lumber: Lets Talk About Health

I didn't realize the epidemic of fear, and fear-inducing bad science, had spilled over into woodworking world, which I thought was largely a sensible haven from such histrionics... thanks for helping to clarify... maybe nip it in the bud... I'm gonna look into the whole respirator thing, though, be better prepared for the next time I empty the dust collector...

Re: Start Woodworking: Edge Grain Cutting Board

Hmmm... if you planed to 1" then ripped 1" pieces from the board, you'd have 1"x1" strips... these look more like 1" x 2" or maybe 1/2" x 1"... if they were 1" x 1" it would get very confusing when it came time to making sure the edge-grain side becomes the surface of the finished board, which was kind of skipped over.

If you plane to 2", then rip 1" strips, you can flip them 90 degrees and glue up a 1" thick board, without having to keep track of which side is the end-grain side...

Re: Mildly humorous parody of The New Yankee Workshop

Comedy's hard...

Re: UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Jointer and Planer Secrets by Hendrik Varju

My fellow Canadian does good work, I would love to get this DVD.

Re: Inspiration from a Beginner

Best wishes to John and his family. I know some of what he's going through. It's interesting how something like woodworking can go from being an escape to actually providing solace, of a sort.

Re: Economic reality check

If you did it for him, you'd have to do it for everyone... like me for example.... it was classy of him not to ask... something I've rarely been accused of...

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