Tuesday, January 1, 2019

YouTube Videos Worth Watching

New year, new feature on this blog: YouTube videos that are worth watching. First, the video:

Why is this a good video? There are a

Monday, November 12, 2018

New Video: Torsion Box

Not a detailed how-to tutorial, just a quick check. We've heard they're rigid, and they FEEL rigid, but can we measure it?

I compared a very simple torsion box to a pine 2x10 by putting them across a 30" span (one at a time) with a dial indicator underneath, and stood right above the indicator.

Results? Torsion box deflected .03 inch, 2x10 deflected .1 inch. So yes, torsion box is nice & rigid.

In case it matters, the skin of the box is 1/2" plywood and the core grid is 3/4" plywood on 8" centers. The box was assembled with glue, plenty of clamps, and 16 gauge brads shot in with a pneumatic nailer.

I like torsion boxes.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Maple and Birch

I tend to think of maple and birch as the same color, but here they are side by side, red maple and white birch, unretouched, no filters, side by side in the light of a July afternoon in Wisconsin.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

It's Satire, Folks

I have posted a new video on YouTube. It is a joke (literally), but there's a serious point behind it. Lately I've seen a lot in the social media woodworking world about whether somebody's work is "art" or "craft" and even some stuff about what art is.


Here's the link: https://youtu.be/rclk1Sqbbt8

And almost always, the person making the pronouncements as though they're deep original thoughts has never read anything on the subject, let alone spoken with anyone halfway informed.

It bugs me, so I made this video.

Here is the description I put on the video:

Friday, August 10, 2018

What I Did over Summer Vacation 2018 (Part 1)

In July, I used most of my vacation time to go to Wisconsin and hang out in the woods at my shack. I also got in some visits with family and friends, including Mark Duginske, my woodworking mentor and good friend. One result of the day I spent with Mark in Wausau and at his shop near Merrill is this video. We had a good time making it.