On Being Efficient

I spend a good deal of time organizing things and processes to facilitate efficiency. This may come in the form of organizing tools in a drawer where I can find them, building or modifying a tool, or designing and speed testing a process. Sometimes, the amount of time that I invest in creating this organization … Continue reading On Being Efficient

Risk to the User and Workpiece

When woodworkers think about the scroll saw, they often think of a tool that cuts slowly and is perhaps the power saw with which one is least likely to cut themselves. And, compared to stationary tools like the table saw, bandsaw, and mitre saw, I feel that it is an accurate description Perhaps a hand-held … Continue reading Risk to the User and Workpiece

Three Articles Published in February/March Issue of Canadian Woodworking

The latest issue of Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement is focused on routers and has not one, not two, but three of my articles in it. I had fun challenging myself to put together ten Simple Router Improvements, and executing those ideas. Also in the issue is a short article I wrote about Router Collets … Continue reading Three Articles Published in February/March Issue of Canadian Woodworking

Developing a Product in a Day: it’s a Crap Chute

I get some ideas that feel crazy, but are intriguing enough that I want to pursue them. This is one of them. It started yesterday morning with a conversation with my wife. I don’t remember what exactly we were discussing, but I commented that it’s a crap shoot. It’s an expression that I’ve found myself … Continue reading Developing a Product in a Day: it’s a Crap Chute

Largest Batch of Live-Edge Cribbage Boards Complete

Last month, I set a record for the largest batch of live-edge cribbage boards made in my shop: 17. I had dedicated cutting, sanding and spray finishing stations set up and was in full production mode working carefully and efficiently. My goal was to build up enough inventory to have a good selection available, and … Continue reading Largest Batch of Live-Edge Cribbage Boards Complete

Know the Strengths and Weaknesses of Your Materials

This photo in my Twitter feed caught my eye. It’s a long workpiece being supported by a custom-built support resting on top of a platform. The photo was taken by Dominic of Be Inspired With Dominic. It may not seem noteworthy, and perhaps it is not worth a blog post, but I noticed that the … Continue reading Know the Strengths and Weaknesses of Your Materials

Now Available: Apex Cribbage Board

I'm very excited to announce that my Apex Cribbage Boards are now available! The final steps of cutting, installing, and finishing the Signature Inlay Tokens in the bottom of each have been completed so the cribbage boards are now ready to ship. They are available for purchase on my Games & Puzzles page, and through … Continue reading Now Available: Apex Cribbage Board

Available Soon: Apex Cribbage Board

I am excited to announce that my Apex Cribbage Boards will soon be available for sale. It started as a crazy "I wonder if I can..." idea about two years ago, and it feels like I have been working on this project for an eternity. There have been many moments of frustration, questions about whether … Continue reading Available Soon: Apex Cribbage Board

What Makes a Good Scrub Plane?

This post is the result of a comment on a recent post asking for a recommendation of a scrub plane. I cannot make recommendations without first explaining the basis of my viewpoint, so here we go! A scrub plane is a short-bodied plane (about 9-10 inches long) with a radiused edge on the blade. Its … Continue reading What Makes a Good Scrub Plane?