The Future of Woodworking

Back in 2015, Yuval Noah Harari wrote in his book titled, Homo Deus. In that book, he mentions by the year 2033 so many things of today will be replaced by computers. Jobs such as truck drivers, pilots, doctors, and even carpenters will be replaced by computers. He believes the only jobs that will be […]

The Evolution of a Shop Set-Up

by John Kaczynski Setting up a new woodworking space can be super exciting. All the new projects you can do or possibly more space you will have in the new shop is a wonderful thought. Even just having a dedicated space that’s not shared with the other home items ( a car, yard equipment, other […]

Choosing the Right Stain

After spending hours, days, and sometimes weeks building a project, it comes that time I fear the most. Applying the stain. As we all know, the right color can make or break a project. Your countless hours of designing and building can make a beautifully crafted piece of furniture look like trash if the stain […]

Ignoring the Rules

As a teenager, I didn’t like following the rules. It didn’t matter what the rule was, I didn’t like it.  I felt restricted by following them.  I used to think, “Rules were meant to be broken.” However, now as an adult, I can see the value and wisdom in following some rules. I realize the […]

Health Benefits of Woodworking

Typically when I think of health benefits the first thing that comes to my mind is eating properly, exercising, and getting plenty of rest. Woodworking is not the first thing on that list. But looking back over the last two decades, I can see the health benefits to it.  The first and obvious thought most […]

Enough is Enough

We all want something. Everyone has “wants” in life. Maybe our wants are very simple like a glass of water, a slice of pie, or a walk in the park.  But when a “want” is bigger and an individual has to work for it, now it becomes a goal. Some of these goals are simple. […]

Are They Educated?

Before I get into my topic I want to thank all of you for subscribing to this newsletter. It proves this wonderful trade of woodworking we all enjoy is not a dying craft. I also want to thank the contributors to this newsletter. Each month they freely give us content to continually learn and improve. […]

The Cost of Doing Business

 I’m sure I don’t have to tell anyone that the past couple of years have been strange. Normally, for me, business is steady during spring and summer. It gets busier in the fall just before the holidays. Then the day after Christmas, work seems to stop until springtime. This has been the trend for years […]

Toledo Award Program

I live in Toledo Ohio and have been building custom furniture for my clients for almost 25 years. I don’t do any advertising and I don’t have a store. I just have my shop behind my house and I use my living room as my showroom. I like the size of my company. It’s simple, […]

Make Your Woodworking Meaningful

Walk into any antique store and the caretaker will have a story behind each item in there. Some of the stories might be real, while others might be a mix of legends or folklore tales. The caretaker is not intentionally lying, but it is a useful sales tactic. The reason is, the stories behind each […]

The Correct Table Saw Blade

What is the best type of table saw blade I should own? This is a common question I am asked fairly often. However, I can’t really answer that. It’s not because I don’t have knowledge on the topic, but rather because that is not an easy answer.  Before the answer to that question can be […]

Wood Grain Filler: What is it? Why use it? by Kelsey Yongue

Wood Grain Filler (WGF) fills the pores in the wood to give you the smoothest surface possible.  It is used to fill pock marks (small hollows on the surface in the wood) and help cover up those minor imperfections. Now, I want to start by clarifying that wood grain filler is NOT wood filler. Wood grain […]