Category Archives: Woodworking

How I Managed Without a Workbench: Part 1

It was years before I put together and used something that could be considered a workbench. I’ve been wood working with various levels of seriousness since I was 5th grade.  The first workbench I used was my grandpa’s, a wall … Continue reading

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Harebrained Woodworking Will Return September 2015

I’ve been away from the blog-o-sphere for a while, having been caught up in home improvement projects and life in general.  I believe it is time to come back and to that effect, I’ll start posting again on September 10, … Continue reading

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Handy Tool Table on the Fly

Sometimes I like to build and design on the fly.  When I do, I often work at making it a challenge for myself by creating some parameters.  Here is a typical list: It must serve some purpose. It should have … Continue reading

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How Not to Cut Parallel Dadoes

The Project: Paper sorter for my sister-in-law’s 1st grade classroom. The Challenge: Lining up a series of dado cuts for shelves on four different pieces. She wanted to replace her cardboard sorter that was falling apart. Why not just buy … Continue reading

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Making Boxes With My Niece and Nephew

Every time Emma and Hudson, my niece (age 7) and nephew (age 4), come to visit they see all of the lumber, tools, and machines in my garage.  “Can we build something, Uncle Mark?” they asked once.  I put them … Continue reading

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The Radial Arm Saw Question

Recently I learned that Craftsman has a recall on 8″, 9″, and 10″ radial arms saws sold between 1958 and 1992 as well as 8 1/2″ radial arm saws sold between 1990 and 1995. Needless to say, that’s lots of … Continue reading

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How Flat Does Flat Need To Be?

All of the work I did lapping the soles of my hand planes brought me to the question of “How flat does flat need to be?” and it’s been rattling around in my head ever since. My ultimate concern was … Continue reading

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