What I love about Marilyn Guthrie’s website and blog is the fact that she lives in an old house like me, and everything she blogs, writes, and posts on her website directly reflects her drive to make the time and space she occupies on this Earth into objects of beauty and endurance. Her website is kind of like ‘This Old House’ for the rest of us, because the rest of us don’t have about $2M to throw into a home renovation project. Marilyn offers practical observations and personal experience making period-appropriate furnishings and projects. Sick and tired of a buncha beer-swilling guys manhandling the blogosphere with the ‘been-there-done-that-let-me-show-you how- to-shoot-that-there-gun-Pilgirm attitude? Let Marilyn show you how she works wood.
It allows me to cut dovetails much better than I could just by hand. This handy little guide clamps on to the board and guides the angle of my saw as I cut my tails (something my sloppy sawing technique was really messing up). The big magnet keeps the saw stuck to the guide.
Then I can flip it over and cut the pins by carefully sawing in the waste area.
Also the woodworking guilds I belong to REALLY help. The two that I belong to are online (The WoodWisperer and the HandTool School). Then there are all those blogs to keep up with. So much fun and so much help.