Yesterday I wrote in Proper Planning about how important I think it is to have a plan for most any project. I know lots of folks are into SketchUp (and I find it a useful tool), but for working out the details of a job, there’s nothing like a full-sized drawing. That’s why, in yesterday’s[…]
Throughout the years, I’ve taught lots of fundamentals classes. The project section of these foundational classes always begins with the proper planning of a one-drawer stand. Even with a plan I’ve seen students struggle with conceptualizing the construction. Which makes me wonder why anyone would attempt to build anything more complicated than a cutting board without[…]
One of my favorite woods to work with, and look at, is tiger maple. I don’t differentiate between “curly” and “tiger” when it comes to maple, as long as it’s striped and captivating. But what is it about curly maple that draws not only my attention, but the interest of woodworkers (and wood appreciators) everywhere?[…]
A few years ago I had an advanced dovetailing class in the shop. One of the students brought along some wood he thought would seriously challenge my abilities by requesting I do a little dovetailing. A Little Dovetailing During a class like the Advanced Dovetailing, there are lulls where the students are wrapped up[…]
Over the past few months I’ve gotten numerous inquiries as to where I am, what and how I’m doing. The answer is simple, I’m back where it all began – sorta. In addition to working on a variety of furniture projects, my wife and I sought out and purchased a new home back in Pennsylvania.[…]
Cabinetmaker, furniture maker, woodworker, period furniture maker, what am I? There are a lot of terms in this business that all amount to the same thing but in this day and age you need to use the “proper” term.