Progress .. but we still have many miles to go before we sleep

13 Apr

Need help getting started woodworking?

2 Apr

I’ve been a member of Marc’s guild now for many years and it’s his instruction that really got me going in woodworking.  I tried, originally, to take a woodworking class at the local high school shop and just couldn’t find enough help to get me over the hump and going.  Perhaps you can relate?

I don’t get any benefits from saying all of this, its just my honest experience.  And other than that, I like to think of Marc as a friend.

 If you’re just starting out, I double dog dare you to go to his free site and see if you learn anything.  I literally spend a good part of a 10 day vacation just trying to get through all the free stuff.  

After that, maybe you’ll feel OK about investing in a project on his Guild site .. which you can purchase individually .. or not.


Check out The Wood Whisperer Guild

We Interrupt this Blog for a Kitchen Remodel

17 Mar

Woodworking and blog posts will resume once the kitchen remodel is complete.  In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of what I’ve gotten myself into.  

And no, I won’t be building the cabinets.  Don’t have the shop size and need the kitchen back faster than it takes to make all of those.  But I will be making some small counter tops.  Stay tuned for that.  :D

Another Six Board Chest

23 Feb

My friend Brick and I finished up his new toy box for his kids (one here and on the way).  He’ll be putting on finish on it some time later, but in the meantime, here are a couple of completion shots.

It was also the Lie Nielsen Tool event in town, so I got to spend some time with woodworking friends hangin’ out at the event.


Kim (@ mcintyrefurniture), me and Ann (@anneofalltrades)


Ann @anneofalltrades, Glenn, Mike, me and Ananda

For Marilyn – Crabs or Grabs

21 Feb



Originally posted on Lost Art Press:

Marilyn of She Works Wood fame asked for a video that shows how the crab lock (aka grab lock) works. So here it is. This lock was made for this tool chest by blacksmith Peter Ross. Unlike many commercial crab locks from the 20th century, this one operates super smooth.

— Christopher Schwarz

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Fun, fun woodworking video

20 Feb

Hate double sided tape?? New cool trick

18 Feb

I’ve had times when I need to hold thin pieces for planing or temporarily attach a piece so I can see it.  Here a cool trick for doing that and it doesn’t involve double sided tape.  See the video for more ideas and a more thorough explanation.



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