Mobilizing a Dust Collector Part One

 Shop Report

Here's something I'm working on at the moment. No fine joinery, nothing very pretty, I'm just making a big old dust collector mobile. I expect to be done sometime in the next few days. 

And now here's some background and a few


What I Did on Summer Vacation 2020

On Friday I got home from my place near Rib Lake, Wisconsin. Since the autumnal equinox happened during the last few days of the trip, technically we can call it a late-summer visit to the woods. Temperatures were warm for September. A few nights were cool enough that I was comfortable inside my shack with a fire in the stove, but most nights were fine to sleep outside in the hammock.

Despite the warm temperatures, the sun was no longer high in the sky, as in July. Daylight hours are shorter, and the leaves turned color while I was there. Early on there were patchy bits of color here and there:

. . . but by the time I left we had sights like


Roger Deakin: Wildwood

I just read Roger Deakin’s Wildwood: A Journey through Trees (Penguin, 2007). I give it my highest recommendation. Calling this book “nature writing” is like calling Bruce Chatwin's


Pine Tar to Treat Outdoor Wood

Yesterday I cleaned our deck and treated it with pine tar. I have been “experimenting” with pine tar to preserve outdoor wood for the past 5 years or so. I put “experimenting” in quotes because so far I've done no formal trials with control groups, no measurements or postmortems, I'm just trying it out to see how it goes. So far, I think it's working very well, and I'll be trying it in different ways going forward. Click through to see some before/after pictures of our deck.

Why pine tar?


File Files So Files Don't File Files

We all know, or should know, to not let files and rasps bang against each other or against other metal tools.* They'll get dull, we're told. This is received wisdom; I admit I haven't ever questioned it, let alone tested it. But some of my Auriou and Iwasaki examples are too


Some pictures of planes. First a Record #07, late production with plastic handles and screw-type cap (as opposed to a "lever cap")

Next, a Miller's Falls #10 (equivalent to Stanley #4-1/2). Note the articulated lever cap, which seems to focus the pressure on the front edge of the iron more effectively than a plain cap: