The Novice Woodworker

Or, Getting out of the “Not Really Good Enough” Rut I have been at it about 6 years now. As a hobby it can be rewarding. It is always satisfying to see a quality piece finished for home, family, or friends. You know the sensation. It is more than just a feeling. It...

Making Utility Look Good

This week’s woodworking project: Canning shelves. 2×4 (inexpensive white lumber) posts were first cut square. Then the width was face-jointed, followed by adding a shaped corner with the router. The dados allowed a shelf to be held up without the need for...

If I Needed a Tiny Woodworking Shop

“Tiny house” is a popular concept. But why that is, I can’t figure out. Who wants to live without books? It seems like such an empty life. Still, many of us don’t have the massive space we would like. We have enough and that’s just fine....

One Reason to Have and Use a Block Plane

Some people think of woodworking as an either-or proposition. Either everything is done with power tools or everything is done with hand tools. Hand tools give your work a character that can’t be replicated. There are so many things that one can do manually that...