Halfback Saw???

sawing breadboard end shoulders

What the hell is a halfback saw and why would I need one? This is but one of the questions I usually get peppered with whenever I post this image in a social media channel. The half back is offensive and annoying to many who feel they have just figured out which saws they need […] Read more »

New Hardware Storage in the Shop

shop storage solutions

I don’t think my workshop tweaking will ever truly be done, but one of the things my remodel did was give me a blank slate to start working from. This also helped to clearly identify wasted spaces in my shop. One of the most obvious was the door into my shop from our laundry room. […] Read more »

Chips ‘n Tips 3 Spokeshave Quick Adjustments

Spokeshave Adjustment tip

This time I share a little tip for setting up your spokeshave, advancing and retracting the blade without all those fancy adjuster knobs. The spokeshave is easily my favorite tool to use and I have many. The simple ones without adjustments are my favorites because of this technique Woodworking Prizes Congratulations to Dennis on winning […] Read more »

Chips ‘n Tips 2: Feel the Grain

Chips n tips grain direction

Time for another quick tip, get out the salsa and guacamole and let’s talk about grain direction. Sometimes it just isn’t clear when you look at the board. I say don’t worry about it and use your fingers instead. Of course there will always be boards that won’t cooperate and even this tip won’t help, […] Read more »

My Shop’s Magnetic Personality

Magnetic tool holder

Whenever someone sees my magnetic tool holders I invariably get the comment, “Aren’t you worried those will magnetize your tools?” Answer: nope. In fact I have yet to see this happen and I have been storing all kinds of things from chisels to screwdrivers on these mag strips for at least 5 years. I have […] Read more »

Dust Collector or Sprayer?

new dust collector canister filter

I’m still fiddling around with my shop remodel. The heavy lifting is done but I still seem to spend time here and there tweaking thing and adding creature comforts. For example I screwed a few magnetic strips to the wall by my post drill to hold miscellaneous drill bits. Boy do I love having 3/4″ […] Read more »

Mounting Your Strop for Easy Use

Chips N Tips 1 Strop

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Chips ‘N Tips. This time I share a little revelation I had while working out of my own shop at my in-law’s place in Maine. In looking for a place to hang my strop out of the way I inadvertently discovered that where I hung it made a huge […] Read more »