Cheap Chisels

I didn’t get a lot of advice and wisdom from my father. The majority of what was passed from father to son was highly inappropriate and would get me in trouble. But one piece I’ll share; “take care of your tools.” Actually, I don’t know if he was saying that to me or to remind…

Focus

I’ve been toying around with marquetry for a while now, but I wanted to learn more about working with veneer in general, so in August I took a class. What I thought was going to be a technique class turned out to be a technique class with a project. On day one, during the introduction…

At least it’s wood

  Fancy LED display made of Sycamore and controls your home. You can learn more about it here. From what I’ve read, this is still a prototype but it would sure beat the plastic thermostat I have now. Would you buy it?

I Am a Whore Too

Do you read the letters in magazines? I do. I enjoy the perspectives of others and the transparency of the editors who print scathing letters they could have easily sent to the trash can. Recently, I was browsing the letters of the new Tools & Shops issue of Fine Woodworking and came across one that…

Buried in Southern yellow shavings.

Utilitarian does not necessarily mean without care. This bunk bed may be made with 2×4’s and 2×6’s, and pocket screws, but I still have to look at it every day. A few passes with the no.8 transforms each of the endposts from rough and ready, to something a little more refined. And this is a…

Feast your eyes

  I came across this slab at my local Woodcraft and it reminded me of these words: “The lumber is taken off the truck by hand, each board quickly studied for its ultimate use. Sometimes an immediate role is assigned; a coffee table, a dining table, an end table. Other planks are separated into general…

A highly refined block of wood.

I mentioned in my last post that my method for spacing the parts of the laminated bedposts was a cut-off from the side rails. I neglected to show what that looked like, so here it is: This block is exactly the same width as the side rails, although I have no idea what that width…

All ye purists, look away!

Family projects generally take precedence over following my own fancy, so I’ve set the chair project aside for the moment in lieu of making some bunk beds. My youngest has been crashing in the office / guest room since birth, and it’s high time to move her in with her sisters, so you could say…

Look Again

In 2010 I was staying at the Alexander Hotel in Bethlehem (on Manger street—not kidding; look it up). In the gift shop they were selling hand crafted souvenirs made of Olive wood—mostly nativity sets and other religious paraphernalia. But it wasn’t just things, it was a statement. One local patron was supporting other local patrons…

I can’t do it all on my own

You may have noticed a different voice here on The Daily Skep yesterday. I’d like to introduce our newest contributing author, Eric Key, who has previously kept his own blog about his adventures in woodworking and is featured in the End Grain column of the current issue of Popular Woodworking. If you’re interested in Eric’s…

Want. Need. Deserve.

The other night I sat propped in front of the TV for family movie night. Wonder Woman graced my screen. In one of the scenes, a few of the “men” heroes are celebrating with a sort of toast; “Here’s to getting what we want, what we need, but not to what we deserve.” Not a…