RWW 188 Barnes No 3 Lathe

barnes 3 lathe

Well I added another lathe. I admit it, I have a problem. The last thing I needed was another treadle driven lathe, but I long told myself that if I ever got the chance to own a Barnes lathe I would do it. And so I did. I’ve been turning on this lathe for more […] Read more »

Chips ‘n Tips #5 Gimmie a Gimlet


It seems like everybody has at least one of these little twisted and sharpened pieces of wire floating around the shop. They are called Gimlets and can save your but in a tight situation. Not only do I keep some of these in my bit roll in the tool cabinet, but I have several of […] Read more »

Useless Shavings from Afar

Orion Mission Patch

A light, fingertip grip, twist the wrists and rock the shave forward just a bit then pull. A shaving floats up and away from the wood and a sharp tang of fresh cut wood hits my nose. Its a welcome scent in this sterile tin can and probably one that will get me in trouble […] Read more »

RWW 187 Which Saw to Get First

what is a carcass saw

I get asked which saw a beginning woodworker or even someone wanting to use more hand tools should buy first. There are a lot of things that make this answer “it depends” but I feel pretty strongly that it should be a carcass saw. This video is a detailed look at why it should be […] Read more »

Touchy Feely Woodworking

Chips n tips grain direction

I find myself getting a lot of new woodworker questions lately. It is really exciting and a direct testament to the growth of this thing we all love so much. While I am certainly no grizzled veteran, I’m starting to come to terms with the fact that as a woodworker into his second decade of […] Read more »

Chips ‘n Tips 4: Ripping Marks

Win woodworking prizes

For some reason I enjoy hand sawing, especially ripping. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t tiring. When you get tired your technique suffers and a good cut can go back very quickly leading to a lot more work later one with a hand plane. I have come up with a simple tip to pace myself […] Read more »

Skip the Planes and Get a Saw

start with a saw

It’s exciting times these days because not a day goes by that I don’t get an email from someone just starting out in woodworking looking for advice. Invariably they are all a bit confused and daunted with the universe of tools presented to them to get started. Usually I get emails like this: I have […] Read more »