Small mistakes can be the bane of many great wood working projects. Our friends, family, and customers may never notice them, but we know they exist; a constant reminder of an overlooked detail, inspiring feelings of inadequacy or ineptitude. Everyone makes them, so we can’t let them kill our love of the craft. Besides, they … Read moreMistakes
Some say that practice makes perfect. A wiser man will tell you that only perfect practice makes perfect. So if you’re having problems with any of your hand tool skills, get out there and practice perfect practice. Now, say that three times fast. Don’t wait until you start a new project to attempt a new … Read moreOnly Perfect Practice Makes Perfect
My current workbench has served me well, but it’s severely lacking in its work holding ability. I recently discovered that I had no way to efficiently hold a work-piece while hand-planing rabbets. I had no way of holding the piece without the fence on my skew rabbet plane getting in the way. I wanted to … Read moreRabbet Season
One of the most frustrating things I discovered while building my shop cabinets was getting the drawer faces aligned correctly. Every time I got the drawer front aligned side-to-side, I’d discover that the vertical alignment had shifted. It was a humbling exercise in patience building. Who would have guessed that the solution to my problem could have been … Read moreA Nickel for Your Thoughts
I am currently finishing up my second set of shop cabinets. This build is definitely more complex than the last. It will include two base cabinets and a rolling cart for my miter saw. The miter saw cabinet will sit between the two base cabinets, with the top of the miter saw flush with the … Read moreMore on Shop Cabinets
One of the biggest hurdles I’ve faced in my small garage shop is finding where I’ve left things. My second biggest hurdle is clearing the clutter off my workbench while working on a project. Needless to say, the solution was something that goes against my very nature. You see, I’m not a very organized person. … Read moreWhere did I put that Chisel?
My wife recently informed me that our two year-old son was in need of a small foot stool to help him learn how to brush his teeth. I took this as an opportunity to practice a few skills I haven’t yet mastered. I decided to make the stool from soft-maple. I used a very simple … Read moreChildren’s Foot Stool