Shop notes

| October 27, 2008

Note to self: when using the lathe, make sure the tool rest height is correct before setting to work. It would really be a pity to waste two hours wondering what the heck you’re doing wrong.

Turn, turn, turn

| October 14, 2008

I used the lathe today. I didn’t do much, but it felt great to do it.

A step forward

| October 8, 2008

Since the beginning of the Recent Neurological Unpleasantness*, one of the (several) activities that I’ve really missed being able to do is woodworking. I have a garage full of power tools — table saw, lathe, drill press, jointer, and so on — and I simply haven’t been able to use them. Until today. After I […]

Bad Analogy, But It’ll Have To Do

| August 29, 2007

In order to keep my Real Man bona fides current — disability being no excuse — yesterday I crutched my way out to the garage and used a power tool (Porter Cable circular saw) to destroy something. [Insert grunting noises here.] Now disposed of: the crate in which my lathe was delivered, and which has […]

Species Reclaimed

| May 25, 2005

Woodworkers of the future — rejoice! The American chestnut, prized for its timber and its crop of glossy dark nuts, once dominated Eastern forests from Maine to Georgia. The graceful trees were virtually wiped out by blight starting at the turn of the 20th century. That loss, Case said, “was the greatest environmental disaster in […]

Another One Down

| May 4, 2004

Now that this is out of the way… I can get to work on the Spirit of America ClueBatsTM that are due to various people. [My garage workshop isn’t large enough for me to do serious woodworking while I have a project in the painting/staining/finishing stage. Sorry for the delay.] If you were one of […]

Self Surgery

| April 2, 2004

Norm Abrams often uses the term “nice sharp chisel.” He’ll say things like “clean up the mortise with a nice sharp chisel” or “square the inside corner with a nice sharp chisel.” I keep my own chisels razor sharp — not that I would try to shave with a chisel, any more than I would […]

Yes, I’ve Got Wood

| March 27, 2004

I’ve been doing rather a lot of woodworking lately. The time of year is right (not too cold or too hot out in the garage) and the other ways I might fritter away my copious free time seem less satisfying than ever (except for going to the range, of course.) I figure I might even […]

Just call me “Mr. Helper”

| July 27, 2003

Here’s a handy hint for all my fellow woodworkers out there: When doing a glue-up with biscuits, make sure the biscuits you use and the slots you cut are the same size before you apply the glue. Just doing my bit to help out, is all.

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