Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Miller Dowels Replacing Screws

The workbench we build in the “Workbench in a Weekend” class is made up of five assemblies that are glued together, with #8 screws holding the parts together as the glue dries.

The screws in the leg assemblies might seem unsightly to some. (They do to me!) And the screws inside the top and side assemblies might be

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Solvent and Finishing Tip

 Not much explanation required here! I'll just elaborate by saying these washers are cheap and you might think about leaving one taped to cans you use often, like alcohol and boiled linseed oil in my case. The blue masking tape is good for this.
 My photoshop skills are far from pro-level, but I can at least

Thursday, August 31, 2017

3 Minutes on the Soapbox

Various woodworking fora have lately featured harrumphs and huzzahs about A Workshop of Our Own and their fundraising. Having taught woodworking to adult students for 18 years, I am confident the need is

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Quick Finishing Tip

Just because two finishes are from the same manufacturer, and just because their labels say they are "compatible" with each other, you shouldn't

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Me? Just applying some stain. I'll be there just as soon as I finish . . . 

Woodworking Hero Worship: Pat Warner

It saddened me yesterday to learn that Pat Warner died late in July. I have long been in the habit of checking his website every couple of weeks to see what's new. His photos have always been

Monday, August 14, 2017