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…