Anarchy

Remember when I posted about cold bending? At the time I wondered if anyone would use it in a small shop. I could see massive potential for it in a large commercial shop but wasn’t sure if it would see much use anywhere else. Well, it appears that it will end up being used in…

Four Questions

A good friend and high school wrestling teammate was born with is right arm deformed; shorter than a normal arm with only a couple of fingers. Despite his “handicap,” he was one of the best wrestlers on the team. I have yet to work on a project that didn’t have some sort of constraint (e.g.,…

Feeling Lucky

A while back I met someone with a lottery winning relative. It wasn’t a mega-million win, but it was several million dollars. I don’t play the lottery, so I figured I would never experience the range of emotions that would come with winning. Until last August. At the end of a class I was taking…

Hillbilly Hat Rack: Grunt

My stepfather doesn’t have an affectionate bone in his body. Well, that’s not quite true, but his way of showing it is different than most. I knew the hillbilly hat rack was a hit when I heard him grunt. In that moment it didn’t matter if anyone else on the face of the planet liked…

A Splash of Color

The bunk beds are finished, and ready to move into the house. They turned out at least as well as I had hoped. Maybe better. The only thing that wasn’t clear in my mind when I began was the finish. The SYP was nice as it was, so I thought about a clear finish. I…

Hillbilly Hat Rack: A Place for Hats

Despite the fact that I started this project with the base, the point was for it to hold hats. I didn’t like the design of the rack that started this whole mess. I wanted a hat rack that would display the hats in a way you could see the fronts of the hats. I also…

So, I bought a grinder at a grocery store

For the past few years I’ve worked solely with a hand crank grinder. I love it really, and I had no problem getting sweet edges on my chisels and planes, but when it comes to drawknives and axes I was constantly running into problems with the handles interfering with the crank arm. That had me…

Inked

I’ve been under the weather lately with a head cold which has slowed my pace slightly. The Brightside of being ill is that I get to use that time to read or watch TV. I have a subscription to Popular Woodworking Videos and can binge watch Roy Underhill (which makes being sick kind of like…

Slabbin’ ain’t easy

I’m always interested to see how different communities solve the same problems. Watch them slab this log (somewhere around 3:00 mins in).

Hillbilly Hat Rack: Bullets

Often an object carries more meaning than merely taking up space. I think this is why we get sentimental about the things that belonged to other family members or the things that we make. It’s often not about the object at all but about all the implications of the object—the intangibles that we cannot put…