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2013 in Review

Welcome to a new year! I can’t believe it is January 1, 2014. This month brings with it the excitement of contemplating ways to make 2014 better than 2013. For me 2014 will be a very different year. I tried some new things in 2013, some of which worked well and some of which I’ll leave behind. First, here are the major highlights from 2013. Woodworking Projects 2013 was a big year for woodworking. I completed four projects and started a fifth – the major tool cabinet/wall surround project I am currently working on. In 2013, I completed the following projects: My new router table. A garden planter. My new miter saw stand. Most recently, I completed a photo prop for my daughter. Four projects completed is pretty strong for me. Most of the year was a continuation of my workshop renovation; an ambitious update for my shop all of which is laying the groundwork for an expansion into an adjacent, underutilized area of our basement. Sawtooth Ideas and Woodworking Plans The garden planter was …

My Biggest Woodworking Stumbling Block

So I am driving to Cullman, Alabama today which is about an hour worth of driving from my home office. I decide to fire up my iPod and listen to the latest podcast from the Modern Woodworkers Association – Dyami and Chris are interviewing Matt Kenney while at Fine Woodworking Live. There is a lot of good back and forth between the three of them and Chris and Dyami begin to close out the podcast with the basic five questions they ask all their guests. One question had me day dreaming how I would answer it. The question posed to Matt Kenney went something like, “What has been your biggest stumbling block while woodworking?” As I thought about how I would answer this question, I went all the way back to my early days of woodworking. I began woodworking during my last semester at the University of Alabama. I completed a woodworking shop class which was centered on basic power tool knowledge – no hand tools. I built a nice writing desk receiving a 98 …

New Router Table: Making Progress and Making Mistakes

Woodworking is often a humbling hobby. I have been working with wood for about 30 years and while I don’t consider myself an expert, I think by now I should know enough to keep from making silly mistakes. But, as I have made progress on my new router table several mistakes have surfaced; two of them being significant ones. I thought about listing them in this blog post, but remembered a MWA podcast with Jim Heavey of Wood magazine. In the podcast, Jim says this about discussing mistakes with others: just shut up. When viewing a completed project in front of others…