Monthly Archives: October 2011

– making dowels for fine joinery

A few years ago I’d hit my limit with store bought dowels. You see, you don’t realize how bad they are since the manufacturers make them with no consideration of grain direction until they fail. And that always happens in … Continue reading

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– changing thickness planer blades

I know that the blades in my thickness planer have never been changed. After working thru the process myself I know now there was no excuse for this. The resulting operations afterwards are wonderous. It definitely shows me that I … Continue reading

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– drawboring – no clamps required

Drawboring is a joinery technique I think every home artisan should learn. It used to be standard in most mortise and tenon joints because glues sucked. Our modern stuff is good enough that most mortise and tenon joints will not … Continue reading

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– my podcast, web and editing setup

- the computer Home computers, always a strange topic with me. I go thru phases which generally coincide with my employment status. During college I really craved having the latest and greatest at home. To the point where I built … Continue reading

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– screw the skew

Learning wood working, especially turning, takes practice. But how to make practice fun. Instead of just making a pile of shavings I like to design small inexpensive projects that are quick and slightly repetitive to teach myself new techniques. In … Continue reading

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– my first wimberley…

This past Saturday I ventured out and did my first market fair at the Wimberley Market Days in Wimberley, TX. This is the oldest open market in Texas Hill Country and the second largest in the state with over 475 … Continue reading

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