Best Excuses for Woodworking “Mistakes”

Nobody is perfect. I see shortcomings all the time in my work and in the work of others. If in my work, the challenge is to find an effective solution. Regardless, I find it amusing to come up with plausible(?) excuses, some of which poke fun at legitimate techniques which, done properly, yield a high-quality … Continue reading Best Excuses for Woodworking “Mistakes”

Simple File Modification to Work in Blind Holes

Recently, I needed to shape the inside of some blind (non-through) holes. My first thought was to wrap sandpaper around a dowel, but then I found the perfect tool in round chainsaw files. They are supplied with a "safe" smooth end that doesn't cut. I cut off the ends with a rotary tool, then ground … Continue reading Simple File Modification to Work in Blind Holes

Limited Edition of Two “Vancouver” Cribbage Boards in Douglas Fir

Douglas fir is one of the most iconic woods of the West Coast, and I'm excited to release these two Doug fir cribbage boards in our new "VANCOUVER" pattern. These are the only two ever made, and they will not be made again. Travel from one end of Vancouver to the other as you play … Continue reading Limited Edition of Two “Vancouver” Cribbage Boards in Douglas Fir

My Push Blocks

The push blocks that I use in the shop are not fancy, but they afford me excellent control and are cheap to make. I make half a dozen at a time and leave them around the shop at different machines. Besides being used as safety accessories, they also get abused as mallets, cauls, anvils, blocks, … Continue reading My Push Blocks

Make Something Extraordinary

Slow down and take your time. Make something extraordinary. This has been my mantra lately as I have been developing several items for production. Some have been in the active development stage for over a year, which is unusual for me - usually once something is started, it is completed within about a month. I … Continue reading Make Something Extraordinary

Do You Really Want to Learn? Then Set Yourself Up for Failure

I think that we try too hard to succeed. Because of that, our learning is impeded. Here's an example.Let's say that I want to build a simple stool for my workshop - a utilitarian piece and one where I am free to experiment because I am the only user of the piece. I could use … Continue reading Do You Really Want to Learn? Then Set Yourself Up for Failure

Designing Furniture: Considerations Around Table Legs and Leverage

A significant part of table design involves the legs and any framework connecting multiple legs to each other, to the table top, and to provide strength. When it comes to the structure of the table, the joints between the legs and other parts of the table are where damage is most likely to occur. Pulling … Continue reading Designing Furniture: Considerations Around Table Legs and Leverage

What Router Bit to Surface a Slab?

A reader recently wrote to me asking for advice on what router bit to use for surfacing wood. He has been using standard straight bits that have been effective at levelling the Douglas fir end grain but left some tearout which required a significant amount of extra work to remove. What determines quality of cut?When … Continue reading What Router Bit to Surface a Slab?

New Cribbage Boards Available with Wild Textures, Colouring and Grain Patterns

I've just completed five new cribbage boards with some pretty interesting aesthetics. Please have a look at them on my Games & Puzzles page. When removing the bark with a mallet and wooden wedge, I uncovered this wild pattern on the inner bark. I think that the sapwood of this cherry tree was home to … Continue reading New Cribbage Boards Available with Wild Textures, Colouring and Grain Patterns