Robert Adler, Crestone, CO, US

Woodworker for last 25 years,doing custom cabinetry, furniture and specialty pieces. Some sculptural work incorporates gemstones. Have lived in New Jersey, the Caribbean, and, now, Colorado at 8,000 feet (take that, Denver!)Life is ALWAYS good.

Gender: Male

Recent comments

Re: Behold, the Speed Tenon

I haven't read all of the posted comments, so I apologize if this is repeated. I have been using a modified version of this technique for years. The saw set up is the same, but I first use the miter gauge to run the wood through the blade at about 1/8th inch spacing. This creates a series of shallow parallel kerfs which are then cleaned out using the same side-to-side motion. The difference is that there is much less resistance against the blade and less chance of losing control of the wood. Caution is still needed, but the process is much more forgiving.
Btw, I am one of the many thousands of woodworkers (26 years of experience) who managed to do something stupid about 6 years ago and it cost me half a thumb! All that experience, and careless still happens.
Bottom line - If it doesn't feel right for you, don't do it!

Re: A Simple Door Pull of Copper and Wood

Really terrific idea and relatively simple to do. I see all kinds of variations.

I have a minor complaint to the web master - I'm tired of "click here to enlarge photo" only to get the same size picture. If you could do something about that. I would appreciate it.

Re: Backyard Rock Makes a Fine Furniture Accent

For the past 25 years, my primary focus has been on cabinetry. In the last 2 years, my focus has shifted to small projects I can lift with one hand (at 70 big projects are literally a pain!) I've been making boxes, sculptural pieces and bench seats of my own design. I'm always looking for new ideas, and this definitely appeals to me. I agree with Waterflogger - the possibilities are endless. Thanks for sharing!!!

Re: Router Injury Sparks Reflection on Safety

Five years ago, after 20+years as a professional, AND knowing all of the safety conversations,my tables saw took about half of my left thumb. Just as you found your digit in your router, I found mine arguing with my saw blade. My verbal remarks were not quiet and not about pain. I was just furious at myself and have not been that angry before or since. And, it cost some hosital time!

My warning: Be aware when you're tired. You forget the rules and just want to be done. Some lessons are just hard.

Re: The $300 Woodworking Bench

I agree with Tom and Dean7. Would really like a good look at the craftsmanship needed to create the bench from that amazing pile of "scraps". Inspiring workshop piece.

Re: Man Wins Big Money in Tablesaw Lawsuit

I'm a professional woodworker using a high quality Jet table saw. ive years ago,it also ate half of my left thumb AND I take full responsibility for that. I'm still using that saw and have no further misadventures.
I would like to know the circumstances surrounding the Ryobi event. What available safety measures were or were not being employed? What were the conditions in the shop? What physical condition was he in when the event occured (tired, headache, upset about something, rushed, etc). I haven't read all of the postings, so that information may be buried somewhere in there.
I have met or chatted with a nnumber of power tool users ( this kind of thing is not limited to table saws )who have experienced similar accidents. Not one of them has considered suing anyone, but, rather, have all taken full responsibility for their actions.
If you touch a tool, you implicitly take responsibility for the use of that tool and ANY outcomes. You can not whine after the fact and blame the tool manufacturer for your actions.
My recommendation: every tool, hand and powered, comes with a safety disclaimer which must be signed by the consumer before purchase, accepting responsibility for the use of the tool. No choice!!! Even a mis-used chisel can snip off a finger or cut nerves and muscle in a hand. No "SawStop" available there!


Re: New Yankee Workshop Series Ends

First, a disclaimer...Woodworking "purists" please read this carefully. I'm not comparing any woodworkers, and Norm Abrams has the ability to inspire and teach, just like Sam Maloof, James Krenov, George Nakashima, et.al. I have used him, with joy, in developing my own skills, as I have the others. He will be missed.

My sadness is in the lack of woodworking programs to enjoy on television, teaching the most basic skills to the most advanced (David Marks). Wood magazine recently started a PBS series, and we'll see how that goes.

I thank the various woodworking magazines for their fine pieces and for maintaining web sites where we have access to a wide variety of videos. What's missing for me is the development, over time, of what seemed like a personal relationship, of getting to know the wonders and peculiarities of one individual.

Thanks for the joy you gave to woodworking.

p.s. I use a pin tacker also!!!!!

Re: Can Fine Woodworking and art furniture coexist?

I find it somewhat amusing that Fine Woodworking is refferred to as limiting. I remember the lengthy furor you created when you incorporated a lengthy piece featuring Norm Abrams. It showed just how narrow much of your readership can be. Readers, select the magazines that best serve your needs and don't bother with the others. Above all, stop whining! Keep learning and have fun.

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