enter the bear

you’ve come a long way baby My dad was probably my biggest inspiration when it comes to getting me started in woodworking.  He’d probably consider himself more of a do-it-yourselfer than a woodworker.  Nevertheless, he has built lots of stuff using what many woodworkers would consider very primitive and, dare I say “cheap” power tools. …

the bookcase #6

fighting snipe – one board at a time For those who don’t know, snipe is a deeper than desired cut a wood planer sometimes makes at the leading and trailing end of a board as it passes through the planer.  I’ve watch several videos and read many blogs and articles regarding many attempts to address this…

can you feel the tension?

pent up tension Recently, while ripping a piece of zebra wood on the table saw, about 8 to 10 inches into the cut, I notice the wood was no longer gliding smoothly through the blade – in fact, it had almost come to a complete stop.  This is a serous concern as one of the…

it’s like déjà vu all over again

Now that it is tornado season it seems every few days I’m converting my workshop (which normally is a 1-car garage, with lawn equipment, and my workshop) into a 3-car garage (with everything else crammed up against the walls).

wood samples

I took advantage of a sale and got some wood samples.  I typically work in what’s available but have been dying to work with something exotic.