Vise squad

I’m at the point in building my work bench where I feel obligated to make some important choices. I will be building Chris’ design to the plans for the most part, but from the very beginning I have had it in the back of my mind that I would still like a vise of some…

cutting words vs. cutting wood

  It’s coming. Christopher Schwarz, Tom Fidgen, George Walker and others are getting the word out. The buzz is growing , and rightly so. It’s going to be worth your while. How do I know? Yesterday Joshua Klein, head editor (and just about everything else at M&T) announced that due to the sheer amount of work this…

…while visions of pine shavings danced in their heads

“If you want to destroy my sweater, hold this thread as I walk away.” It seems like no matter how much balance I’ve worked into my life, the week before Christmas is where it all unravels a bit. Personal and professional commitments pile on top of the presents beneath the tree. My normal sleep patterns…

Chris Kuehn is changing my opinion of Maryland

I’m a native of the great and glorious commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and although I left the keystone state for the land of the pines nearly a decade ago it’s still in my heart. I was born and raised in York, not far from the Mason/Dixon line that separates PA from it’s closest neighbor to the…

anatomy of an ugly joint

In my faith tradition, healing begins with the existential realization that no one is perfect and that the first motion toward wholeness is coming to terms with your brokenness. Come to think of it, that’s a lot of faith traditions. Perhaps there’s something to that. In our house, when one of my daughters does something wrong,…

from geometry to physics

The most exciting part of any build for me is working out the joinery. I know this isn’t the most complex piece of furniture in the world, but when I was thinking through how this was going to come together there were a few things I had to consider. Weight – a cabinet of this size,…

drawn to curves

A saw till, is a saw till, is a saw till right? In essence, the form probably hasn’t changed for a long time and I’m certain the idea predates even the earliest surviving examples. It’s a thing that holds saws. A thing with enough spaces for the saws you own and the few you aspire to…

The story of Edgar Sawtelle

If you want to read The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, but you prefer your dysfunctional family psychodramas to happen in rural Wisconsin rather than such an exotic European locale, I suggest you go pick up a copy of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. It really is a great book; well written with enough detail to keep…

mortise & tenon

Everyone loves to show off their dovetails on Instagram, but the meat and potato joint of cabinetmaking is the mortise and tenon. The former is flashy, but the latter does the work of holding it all together. Not long after I started down the rabbit hole of discovery that is hand tool woodworking I stumbled upon…