Leif - Tue, 11/20/2007 - 5:48pm
The editor for both Popular Woodworking and Woodworking magazines, Chris Schwarz, has published his first book: Workbenches: from Design and Theory to Construction and Use. Over the years I've become a fan of Mr. Schwarz's; he's helping bring the hand tool element back to the over "powered" woodworking magazines of the last two decades. For the last many years, magazines have disappointed me again and again with their over-"powered" approach to absolutely everything. Read more about Workbenches: from Design & Theory to Construction & Use by Chris Schwarz
Leif - Sun, 11/11/2007 - 12:58pm
Building a new shop can be expensive to do, but is sure helps to have good friends. This morning, my neighbor Mike (an HVAC tech) delivered these to me completely gratis:
Not just one - but two 5-ton heat pumps! Seems a well-off summer lake residence is getting remodeled, and both of these were being taken out to be scrapped... The one on the left is older, but was for the little-used basement of the house, and the one on the right has a new compressor installed last year which is still under warranty... Both worked well when removed... Either way, if one breaks - I've got a spare!
Later this week he's going to bring over over the mating air handlers (each with 20k supplement heating elements)!!! This in combination with the wood stove, I should have heat in the shop well covered. As well as air conditioning... Read more about A Good Neighbor Gloat
Leif - Thu, 11/08/2007 - 9:01am
Here's an interesting innovation:
~ Link to Popular Woodworking blog ~
A dovetailing saw with dual handles... I'm sure it's quite well thought out, very well designed, worthy of debate, and it's certainly interesting - the method he's attached the back to the blade particularly intrigues me. I can see where it might benefit some, and I think it really has to be an individual choice - I doubt the two-handle thing is for me. Read more about Glen Drake Double Handled hand saw
Leif - Thu, 10/04/2007 - 7:56pm
I grew up in a shop - almost literally. I can't tell you how many hours of my childhood and adolescence were spent running any one of a variety of woodworking (and other) tools in pursuit of some grandiose plans of utterly blowing away all with my unquestionably masterful and artful talents. Most often, they were utter failures, but every once in a while I would surprise myself. Anyway, none of the tools were what you would call "high end" - though almost all were "sufficient". Dad never spent a great deal of money on tools - but who could, with seven kids? Read more about Some older iron... Stationary Tools
Leif - Thu, 10/04/2007 - 7:51pm
It's been a strange week or two. I've been reminiscing, mostly about my early life with my parents, both of which have passed on. Mom went first, about 2 years ago, and as of last week, Dad's been gone a year now. It's funny what can bring those memories back - it's not just anniversaries and the like. Most often for me, it's different smells. Read more about Reminiscing about my very first project.