The check is in the wood

I have just recently had the opportunity an impetus to dig into ‘Chairmaker’s Notebook’ by Peter Galbert (Lost Art Press) and all I can say is that, for many reasons I wish I had read this book years ago. One reason is that it’s really freeing. Galbert weaves knowledge and narrative into an engaging tapestry that…

Lie-Nielsen Panel saw F/S

  Lie-Nielsen 20″ 7 ppi rip panel saw for sale. SOLD     This saw is in immaculate conditioning. Not a mark on the plate. I’m only selling it to help fund a band saw purchase. PayPal preferred. Email: thedailyskep@gmail.com

If there be lack of art.

  “Maxima pars vatum, pater et iuvenes patre digni, decipimur specie recti. Brevis esse laboro, obscurus fio; sectantem levia nervi deficiunt animique; professus grandia turgent; serpit humi tutus nimium timitusque procellae: qui variare cupit rem prodigialiter unam, delphinum silvis appingit, fluctibus aprum. in vitium ducit culpae fuga, si caret arte.” -Horace, ‘Ars Poetica’ (lines 24-31)…

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a…Jet?

I finally bought a lathe. After months of scouring the local ads for a good, used lathe in my price range (notice all the adjectives there) I did what I knew I was going to do all along. I bought a Jet midi lathe. My wife gave me wise counsel on this one. Basically it…

Martin O’Brien: Perfect in 1000 words or less

Editor’s note: It seems hard to believe that my first conversation with today’s author was over a year ago as I was working through the copy of his article for the first issue of Mortise & Tenon magazine. I was blown away not only by his knowledge, but by his exacting attention to detail. Several…

Brandish your new courage proudly!

Humans are divided over all sorts of important matters these days, but if there is one over-arching, universal truth in the world it is this. Stickers are awesome. One of my favorite parts of being in bands was always trading stickers with the other bands whenever we played shows together. I loved that wherever I…

An old story

Yesterday, my oldest daughter was with me in the workshop for just a few minutes after lunch. I was getting ready to head back to work, but I wanted to take a few minutes to tidy up before leaving. She asked if she could help. Anyone who has ever received “help” from a five year…

I’m selling out…

Building an acoustic guitar was a tremendously rewarding experience, although one I don’t foresee repeating so I’ve decided to sell most of my acoustic guitar building jigs, tools and gear. I’m keeping a few things for setup work and electric guitar building, but I don’t see a need to hang onto the rest. The big hurdle…

Some problems…

“Some problems are less difficult than we imagine them to be, and more interesting than we have been told” -James Krenov, ‘The Impractical Cabinetmaker’ 1979, p. 126

A fair trade

Here’s something I’ve learned. Disregard 90% of the information you read on most online forums and 100% of the attitudes. When I was first looking into purchasing a shoulder plane a year ago I had three pieces of information swirling around in my head. The first was the fact that I had just purchased my first…

A different approach

One of the advantages, perhaps, of learning directly from someone else is that you can copy their methods until you find the genius in them or you find them wholly unsuitable to the way you do things. I have no formal training in woodworking beyond shop class in high school, so I end up learning…