Leaving Your Mark

As woodworkers it’s often said, it’s important to leave our mark on what we create. Scott Phillips of the American Woodshop is a big advocate of telling people to sign their work. It makes sense. We are creating a thing that will last a lifetime, if not multiple lifetimes. So we should be signing our […]

Setting Goals in Woodworking

New year resolutions. It’s stated that 89% of people who set a new year resolution fail in keeping it. In fact, most people fail within the first 12 days. It’s probably why most folks tell me, they don’t even bother to make goals. I too, in the past, have fallen victim to setting goals and […]

Being in the Woodworking Spotlight!

I think it’s fair to say we all like a little bit of attention. We post pictures on Facebook or Instagram and we enjoy getting “likes” or “thumbs up.” It makes us feel good. It makes us feel as if we are noticed by others and they pay attention to us. But can it cross […]

Simply BEST

As a fulltime woodworker I am constantly on the lookout for tools. Not necessary new one, but old tools. I feel a bond to the craftsman before me that held the tool in his/her hands. Knowing that the sweat of the worker is trapped in the pores of the wood. And now my DNA is […]

Woodworking Lessons in Music

When I walk into my shop and flip the lights on, it’s an enjoyable moment. For the next several hours I know I’m going to be able to create something and express myself through my hands.  The wood has a way of speaking to me and tells me what it wants to be formed into. […]

How Many is Too Much?

This is a loaded question. Ask someone how much money is enough money, and they will probably say, “one million.” But ask a millionaire that and they will probably say “two million.” But as you know I am a woodworker, and that is not the topic in this article. So surely I must be referring […]

“It’s Good Enough.” – Tough Lessons from an Easy Project

Recently I built a project for a customer. It was a simple, rudimentary patio bench. Nothing fancy for this project. This was going to be made out of 2×4’s and 1” by. The construction consisted of butt joints with screws to fasten it together. I was so convinced that my skill level was way above […]

Pagoda End Table

Three seasons I did the video series, “I Can Do That” with Popular Woodworking. During that time I designed over 60 projects that can easily be built with simple carpentry tools, such as a circular saw, miter saw, and jigsaw. I have decided to make plans for these pieces of furniture for people to build […]