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Using My Backup Workshop

I joined the Alabama Woodworkers Guild about a year and a half ago. I quickly began thinking of the guild’s Woodworking Education Center (WEC) as my backup workshop. The WEC is a former schoolhouse now converted into a killer shop and is about a 20 minute drive from my home (photo above). It’s where the guild’s monthly meetings occur and then the various guild woodworking classes use the WEC to build projects. In the photo above, you can see a table being built for an upcoming Habitat for Humanity home. A key benefit of being a member of the Alabama Woodworkers Guild is my ability to use all these professional grade power tools as I build my project. Since my last blog post on the tool cabinet, I have been to the WEC twice; but these two visits have been the first time I’ve used the guild’s tools, specifically their big, honkin’ jointer and then the equally honkin’ thickness planer. Take a look at the these two tools… I decided to use the WEC’s professional …

New Tool Cabinet – Building the Drawers, Part 4

What you see above is for me a tremendous distraction for my woodworking. College football. It’s funny that I really could care less about professional football; I don’t even follow the success of former University of Alabama stars like the Atlanta Falcon’s Julio Jones. There is a thrill I get watching college football that I don’t get watching the pros. The photo is pre-game from the Alabama vs. Kent State (September 24th); an 11:00 am kickoff which should have meant at least some decent air, but as soon as we arrived on campus about 9:00, we knew it was going to be a tough weather day. And it was – Tuscaloosa, Alabama set a record high temperature that day. The stadium soon felt like an oven. Multiple large cups of lemonade could not keep us cool (lemonade = genius marketing idea). Misery began to set in as the second quarter got underway. When halftime arrived, my wife turned to me and said, “Can we go now?” Alabama lead 41-0 at the half; the game was …

New Tool Cabinet: Four More Drawers Finished

put up a photo to Instagram the other day which lead to a private comment from a woodworker saying how prolific my woodworking is. Like I crank out the projects. I just had to shake my head. You see, I feel the opposite is true; I am a slow woodworker. Which is understandable I think. I travel for work each week, when I get home, I am not really in a mood to go down in my hot workshop. My old job had me home almost every night which meant I could do woodworking most evenings and occasionally some mornings before work. So, the reality is that I’m a slow woodworker and I’m OK with that. BUT, I challenged myself this past weekend. I set a goal of completing the construction of four new drawers; drawers 5 – 8. If I could do this, only the three small drawers at the top of my tool cabinet would remain to be built. Four drawers in two days – that would be an accomplishment. I am still …