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Cincinnati, OH, United States
A woodworker whom saws to the plane of a different hammer.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

A simple way to keep track of the grit on those synthetic scratch pads.

Have you ever had trouble remembering what the grit level is on that synthetic scratch pad? You can memorize the color coding system, but that doesn't work so well if you have color deficient vision as I do.

Here is a simple solution I found to keep track of that grit.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Sanding by hand

Sanding is a woodworker's favorite activity! Actually, that's kind of a joke. Most of us do not really like to sand that much. By the time you get to the point of sanding, sometimes you just want to jump right to finishing and be done with it.
Truth is, however tedious it seems at times, I actually enjoy sanding by hand. It is a relaxing experience if you really let yourself enjoy it. Plus it gives one a more personal feel with the wood project. I still do a fair share of sanding with electric sanders for the sake of efficiency, but I do not enjoy it nearly as much as sanding by hand.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Time to do woodworking

I have two tables to refinish. One to finish refinishing and a new one to get started on. I also have a night stand to refinish, a desk to make and a couple other irons in the fire or soon to be. It's great to have work lined up to do - but nice weather has finally graced itself upon Cincinnati for this week and so I have some urgent things to tend to outside around the house that must get done before winter sets in. In addition to that I have a tandem skydive that I purchased a while back on Groupon that I have yet to use and the skydiving school, Start Skydiving in Middletown, OH is only about a month away from closing for the winter. In addition to all that I am trying to find time to work on affiliate programs for the web site, new content for the web site, videos of projects I've completed and am in the process of etc.
When am I going to have time to get my woodworking done?
I'll get it in there somewhere.
Oh, I forgot to mention, my shop is a mess - again. I have to clean it up before I can work in there again.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Meeting a TV legend

I volunteered at the Woodworking In America convention in N-Ky and finally got to meet a living TV legend.

I had just got out of handling the camera for the overhead projector for a presentation by Jay van Arsdale (a respected expert in Japanese style joinery) and I I went over to catch the last bit Roy Underhill's presentation. Shortly after I got there he asked for a volunteer to handle his camera for a particular shot. (He had his own camera that he was using instead of the one provided by the convention. I'm not sure why the camera operator of that camera didn't help him out.) Roy positioned his camera by clamping it on a board to his bench and got to work on his treadle lathe. So I got up and went up to help with the camera. He was working on the lathe and didn't even know I was there at first until he glanced back at the camera, saw me and said, "Oh, thank you!" It was short lived as his presentation only lasted a couple more minutes after that anyway.

So later on I got a picture with him and true to his legend, he does not take a serious picture. He always has to do a peculiar pose. The guy who took this picture for me with his cell phone camera just had a picture with him also and for that one Roy was hiding behind him and looking over his shoulder.