Good Tools Work for You, Not Against You

Nearly every tool is designed with compromises. In some cases, the compromise is made to increase the ease of production (and therefore lower cost). Other times, the compromise is made to make the tool more appealing to a broader audience. After using a tool for a while, these compromises become very clear. You'll think, "I … Continue reading Good Tools Work for You, Not Against You

Working Efficiently in a Small Shop

It can be a challenge to work efficiently in a small shop, but I have arranged the equipment in the space of a 1-car garage to allow me to build with components up to five feet in length without having to rearrange. In fact, the only machine that is on wheels is my 13" thickness … Continue reading Working Efficiently in a Small Shop

Week Six of #Woodchat’s Picture Inspiration!

Start with a sketch, but make it quick. There’s real work to be done. - Stefan Hartwing (This quote has been added to my page Quotables, where you'll find many more interesting quotes.) For the past five weeks at #Woodchat on Air, we have been playing our new design game called #Woodchat's Picture Inspiration. We looked … Continue reading Week Six of #Woodchat’s Picture Inspiration!

Model Delivery Trike for Shift

Last summer, Shift, a Vancouver company, asked me to make a model of the cargo delivery trikes they use. Although this isn't the type of project which I would normally build, the challenge of making a working model intrigued me, so I agreed to build it. Using photographs of their trikes, I established some dimensions for … Continue reading Model Delivery Trike for Shift

Celebrate 5 Years of Flair with an Anniversary Box!

November 1st marks the five-year anniversary of my business and I think that's an excellent reason to celebrate. For the first time, I am offering boxes of this design which I developed. As with everything I offer, I make the entire product in my own shop. I really love the design and hope that you … Continue reading Celebrate 5 Years of Flair with an Anniversary Box!

Fun with Sliding Dovetails

I have put Insanity 2 on hold to work on some small boxes of a design I came up with many years ago. The double-ended box relies on a pair of sliding dovetails perpendicular to each other to open.  While functional, it is also a lot of fun to handle - similar to twiddling your … Continue reading Fun with Sliding Dovetails

#Woodchat is Going Insane

Last night on #Woodchat, we had a look at Insanity 2 and discussed options for the back of the cabinet and shelves.  The discussion started at 13:21 and ran until 46:20.  I learned that my cohost, Matt Gradwohl, was equally insane.  Together, we decided that our viewers may have also been insane for following along (unless they happened … Continue reading #Woodchat is Going Insane

Flair Woodworks on YouTube

Although I have always preferred writing over creating videos as a means of communication, my comfort level in front of a camera has increased, and with it, my output of videos.  I've posted them on my YouTube channel, but as long as you're subscribed to this blog you won't miss any and, as a matter … Continue reading Flair Woodworks on YouTube

I’m on TV!

Tri-Cities Community Television covered the Celebration of Wood show last month and I appeared on screen briefly around the 4:43 mark. The video segment is on YouTube and can also be seen on ShawTV, channel 4 in Vancouver.  (Duration - 7:09) Yes, I'm still waiting anxiously to get the footage from my PechaKucha presentation.