If you own a set of digital fractional calipers or are caliper-curious, you need to know about Compression Jaws. This video (5:55) shows you what Compression Jaws are and how they work. https://youtu.be/KyLzoFiOt08
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
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
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?
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
One of the projects which I’m currently building, and designing along the way is a pen. It has months of thought already invested and I am building it to be the best. I do take pleasure in using and owning unique and fine writing tools (and other tools, too). I also enjoy indulging myself in … Continue reading Making Without Compromises
A friend recommended that I read Hogbin on Woodturning by Stephen Hogbin. I'm just getting into it, and found this comment on making mistakes (page 17): Mistakes happen almost every day and what counts is the ability to work with the situation... If you are not making mistakes your skills are not being tested or extended. Does … Continue reading Making Mistakes
One of my goals for this year is to increase sales of my live-edge cribbage boards. I really believe in the product and sales have reinforced that belief. The biggest limiting factor has been supply, as I never had a decent supply of quality material suitable for crib boards, and an immense amount of time … Continue reading Building More Cribbage Boards and Now Selling on Etsy
Using a hand plane to shave down a piece of timber is a delightful experience for all, regardless of age, woodworking ability or interest. There is something so satisfying about it. The slow pace of running a plane over a board can even be therapeutic. Cleaning up shavings, however, is not exactly fun. The curly … Continue reading The Incineration Plane
I am sure that most woodworkers appreciate good tools, and while fine tools may enable one to do better quality work than crude tools, a high quality tool will in no way compensate for a lack of skill or care. However, a good tool can certainly inspire the user to do their best work, and I … Continue reading Can Good Tools Make You a Better Woodworker?