MWA Episode 97.5 – Ben Strano 5 Questions

After he was kind enough to put up with us for episode 97, we put Ben Strano through the 5 questions.Where can you Find Ben?Zac Higgins Dyami Plotke Modern Woodworkers Association facebook.com/modernwoodworkers Modern Woodworkers Association Read...

This is a serious shop lamp

Good lighting is one of the most under-appreciated assets for fine woodworking, especially handwork at the bench. It is a shame to see an elaborately equipped shop with nothing more than fluorescent ceiling lights illuminating the workbench. Basically, the properties...

Dynamite Chair Design

I love the ingenious creations that can result from having limited resources (tools, materials etc.). Here's a prime example. It was made by a miner at Independence Mine (gold) in Alaska from an old dynamite box. It probably dates to the late 1930s or early 40s.So...

Tool of the Month #4 – They Don’t Make Them Like That Anymore…

Okay, so this tool of the month isn't exactly a woodworking tool. It was made for "linemen", and as such was designed for cutting and twisting wires. But it's still plenty useful around the shop, but its function is not the reason I picked it for Tool of the Month -...

Punch, brothers! Punch with care!

Here's a small project from the shop before it went into hibernation. It's pretty self-explanatory, so I'll let the pictures do the talking... Complete, and... ...oiled - it will darken in time and match better. For me, there is something very satisfying in making old...

I was on the CNC with Dave Show!

Thanks to Dave Gatton for inviting me to be the guest on his "CNC with Dave Show" on Saturday, July 16th.  If you are interested in CNC machines, then you might want to tune into this show every Saturday night at 9pm on YouTube.  I talked about the Electric Guitar...
DIY Floating Shelves with Pulleys

DIY Floating Shelves with Pulleys

Hey guys!  Ash and I had the best time crashing our sister’s house a few weeks ago!  We took a 5 hour road trip with tools, wood and kids in tow to her house in Houston.  We spent less than 24 hours and completed 6 big projects for her.  We called it a “Shanty House...

This is a serious shop lamp

Good lighting is one of the most under-appreciated assets for fine woodworking, especially handwork at the bench. It is a shame to see an elaborately equipped shop with nothing more than fluorescent ceiling lights illuminating the workbench. Basically, the properties...

DIY Floating Shelves with Pulleys

Hey guys!  Ash and I had the best time crashing our sister’s house a few weeks ago!  We took a 5 hour road trip with tools, wood and kids in tow to her house in Houston.  We spent less than 24 hours and completed 6 big projects for her.  We called it a “Shanty House...

All of it, together

I was listening to a Pandora station in the shop today and it got me to thinking. Pandora is a wonderful music app that characterizes each song or track of recorded music using “hundreds of musical details . . . melody, harmony, instrumentation, rhythm, vocals, lyrics...

DIY Round Table

I am LOVING my new kitchen nook area! I had a larger table, that I built for this spot when we first moved in, that had six chairs and the chandelier was in the middle of the ceiling. This cramped up the space so much (sometimes you don’t know exactly how you will use...

Twine Picture Frame and Coat Rack Combo

I combined two woodworking projects into one with this Twine Picture Frame & Coat Rack combo.  I made it out of scrap wood that was left over from my previous Sliding Barn Door and Easy Wall Shelves projects.  Check out the video below.[embedded content] I made this...

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