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Helping Amateurs Cultivate Professional Habits

I admit that I’m an amateur – I make a lot of mistakes – the same mistakes, and new ones as I try to advance my skills. So, what is it that defines me? Some Observations; and some of these have been fixed along the way…: I don’t work from a set...

Gazebo build #1: Laying it out...

In my very first build blog, I included a shot of a gazebo I built for the wife. Is it woodworking? Is it carpentry? Is there a difference? I like to think there is. Carpentry doesn’t normally require tolerances measured down to the thousandth of...

Weekend Wonders: Cutting A Circle

If I wanted to cut a circle…. what are the options? What if I only have a circular saw? What if the circle is small? Large? What if …. What are the options for cutting a circle?

Ramblings from a South Central Texas Wood Butcher #8: Passing it on

If you’ve read any of my earlier posts, you heard that I taught shop for years, some of the best times for sure. I’ve gotten messages and photos from past students, sharing what they’ve done over the years. Great to see that they actually...

RECALLS #7: Panasonic Recalls Metal Cutter Saws Due to Laceration Hazard

Recall Date: September 9, 2015 Recall Number: 15-237 Panasonic Recalls Metal Cutter Saws Due to Laceration Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Panasonic-Recalls-Metal-Cutter-Saws/ Recall Summary Name of Product: Metal Cutter Saw...

FANTASY MARQUETRY #13: Fresh out of the press

The veneer press worked perfectly for me using the hot hide glue. I brushed glue on the picture back and the substrate and rubbed it in with circular motions to make sure there would be no dry spots. Here is the sequence of the pressing...

Garden Gates #1: Getting started

I took a break from work sleep fish work sleep fish to start building new garden gates for my house. I was only planning to replace the ratty PVC gate that came with the property but my wife wants a gate on each side of the house. Each gate will...