Saw 4: The Handle

After a little nudging from Bob Rozaieski, I’m convinced the original handle is made from beech. I love everything about it too; the patina, the size, the feel. It is an awesome handle other than it’s soft. I’m going to hold on to it (seriously, no pun intended) for use as a model, but it…

Saw 3: I was warned

When I was a kid, I was in love with BMX bikes and tricks. Living in a small Midwestern town, this was an unusual activity and I was pretty much on my own trying to figure out how to make my bike to do what I saw in BMX Plus! (a magazine). One trick involved…

but the eyes are blind

Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery was required reading for all the fourth year students in the French language curriculum at my High School. As luck would have it, my senior year also happened to be the year that my French teacher decided it was time to clear the decks order new books, so…

Saw 2: Cleaning the plate

My typical go-to method for removing rust from old tools is simply to dunk them in vinegar and leave them alone overnight. The problem here was the size of the object. I briefly considered purchasing a Rubbermaid container large enough to allow the use of vinegar but that’s how things get crazy restoring tools. First,…

Tools

Note: I read a lot and often come across statements that, for whatever reason, catch my attention. Sometimes they make me laugh. Sometimes they make me think. Most of them are opinions different from mine. This one by Ross Day is a good example. My dad was a mechanic and I learned, from an early…

Saw

While working in an environment where my only hand tool was a utility knife (that’s a little exaggerated; I had some chisels for scraping off glue), I would stand at my bench and wonder how the same result would have been accomplished before electricity. Most of the answers to my questions could be found in…

Learn

Did you make a New Year resolution? I quit making resolutions years ago because it was depressing. I would be all fired up about losing weight, or quitting smoking (finally did kick that habit), or saving money, but it wouldn’t stick. Finally, I resolved to quit making resolutions. Instead, I make a large “to-do” list…

Everyone remembers their first.

I spent New Year’s Day with my family eating*, retelling stories, and laughing. Not far from the table we crowded around, hung the shelf that I made for my mother as a Christmas gift when I was twelve years old. In the past I had looked at this same shelf with criticism, nit-picking the things…