IKEA and the Workshop (Should Those Words Ever Be in the Same Sentence?)

– If you answered “yes” or “maybe” to the above question, please click this link. I returned home to my monastery last week, and boy was I in for quite a shock – the monastery moved without telling you?; changed all the locks?; turned out the lights and pretended no one was home?  I only …read in detail

Problem + Woodworker = French Cleat Clamp Rack

My shop is an outbuilding constructed from cinder blocks. I suppose it has advantages, but a big disadvantage is that whenever you want to attach something to the wall it is difficult and time consuming. Over the last several weeks I have bought and built a significant amount of new clamps, and leaving them in …read in detail

Holding it All Together

My Get Woodworking Week 2014 video garnered a lot of positive response.  And it is looking to be one of my more popular posts to-date, garnering nearly 100 new YouTube subscribers in just 3 days!  THANK YOU!  It was aided by Tom Iovino’s link on his Tuesday post for Get Woodworking, as well as the …read in detail

(GWW 2014) Clamps, Clamps, and More Clamps!!!

Woodworking began when the first person figured out how to join two pieces of wood together – probably lashing it together with some vines.  And woodworkers through the centuries have continued to use that and other methods to hold it all together.  I actually learned to hammer with nails before I earned the knot-tying merit …read in detail

Shop Stool Build-Off #2

I made some alterations, became disgusted with it, and am returning back to the design. The first picture is the current incarnation. I have the foot rest off right now because I am leaning towards something different. I’m also considering redoing the top, making it adjustable and possibly more circular in design. A bigger change …read in detail