Woodworking Tips, Tools and Projects
This website is for all woodworkers, not just those who have every woodworking tool known to man, but all of those who have a serious interest in woodworking. In this space I would like to share some of the things that I have found about woodworking tools and techniques that work and some that don’t. I think if all of us were honest, we all have some tools in our shop that collect more sawdust then they make because they just didn’t work. I know I do.
One of the things about woodworking that frustrates me is the lack of shared knowledge. Yes, I know there are several very good magazines on the market that do a very credible job of passing information along to the woodworker. But that’s not the information I am talking about. What I am talking about is that personal knowledge that is passed on from one woodworker to another.
Look around any historic building or visit any museum, and you will find many examples of very fine craftsman skills. Those skills were learned by our fathers and grandfathers, over many years of practicing their skill. Much to my dismay, many of those skilled craft persons have passed on, and with them the skill and knowledge they possessed. A real shame, so now we have to re-learn what they already knew.
That is the purpose of this site. In my small way, I want to pass on what I have learned over the past 30 years of woodworking. I would love to tell you that every woodworking project I have made became an instant family heirloom, but the truth is, some are gathering dust in my scrape bin. Why?… Sometimes I made the wrong choice of joint, or the finish wouldn’t dry, or the finish wouldn’t level out. Or the glue seams opened as the wood moved, or countless other things. On the other side of the coin, there are several projects that I have made, that ended up looking just like I planned. And those times it’s all worth it. And if you’re like me, sometimes you sit back, and say to yourself “WOW, did I really make that?”
I don’t own every router bit that I wish I had, nor do I have every power tool made. Some times we just have to do with what we have. Sure, I go to the woodworking stores and woodworking shows, and look at all of the newest and greatest tools that have been developed, but the practical side of me makes me thinks thru the idea… will it really work, and do I really need it? Those are some of the ideas I want to share on this site.
Before we run out to the shop, lets remember what one of the TV Personalities always says… and you know the one I’m talking about… the bearded guy, in the plaid shirts, “Remember Safety First”. It’s really hard to enjoy woodworking from the ER room. So please have fun, but please be safe.
Oh by the way, one of the woodworking stores that I find inspirations for many of my projects is Rockler. If you’d like a free catalog, please fill out the form below and it will be on it’s way to you soon.