Chris Marshall

  • Ali Industries: From Lunar Orbit to Random-orbit

    Up until recently, I’ve never really given much thought to sandpaper…where it comes from, how it’s made or what tidbits of interesting history might be behind it. Sandpaper has always been one of those “means-to-an-end” products for me. And, well, it’s associated with sanding. I try not to spend more time than I really need to thinking about sanding…

    But, the nitty gritty details about grits became a lot more interesting earlier this spring when I had the opportunity to tour Ali Industries, a sandpaper manufacturing plant just a couple hours west of my home.

  • Woodworking Students Showcase Projects in AWFS Fresh Wood Competition

    Now in its third biennial year with AWFS, this competition highlights outstanding construction and design achievements by students in high school and post-secondary woodworking programs in North America.

  • Dovetail Confessions

    Okay, true confession time: I’ve never cut dovetails by hand. There, I said it.

    It’s probably not a big thing to admit, really … lots of us woodworkers don’t cut and chop pins and tails the “old school” way. Sure, I can steer my router through a dovetailing jig with the best of them, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But for me, a woodworking editor for gosh sakes, I feel like I’m admitting some deep, dark secret. I’m supposed to know this stuff to be a card-carrying shop writer, right?

    Well, wrong.

  • Tools Don’t Replace Talent or Time

    One of perks of being Woodworker’s Journal’s “field” editor is that, every now and then, I actually get out into the field. Sometimes I’m headed to trade shows, but the trips I enjoy even more involve getting together with other woodworkers to see how they do things. In addition to meeting some really fine people and taking care of a photoshoot, I often learn a thing or two about myself in the process.

  • Woodworking in Tough Times

    These days, it feels like the “Great Recession” is never going to end, doesn’t it? Jobless rates are up, banks are on the ropes and home values are still falling through the floor. Tough times all around. But, despite some huge potholes on this road to recovery, the woodworking industry is still forging ahead.

  • Rikon Leading the Pack Bullishly in Bearish Market

    We didn’t have time to cover ALL of the new tools Rikon rolled out at AWFS 2009 … and man oh man, these folks at Rikon have been busy!

  • Pocket Screw Joints: The Outdoorsy Types

    Summer is quickly slipping through our fingers, so hopefully you’re busy with outdoor projects. This season, I’ve got a garden fence that’s way overdue. In the spirit of exterior projects, I’d like to recommend pocket screw joinery.

  • Three-dollar Fix Improves Fold-Down Outfeed Table

    Earlier this spring we received some good feedback about the “Fold-down Outfeed Table” project that ran in the February 2009 issue (p. 50). Glad you folks like it! But, if you’re planning to build one for your table saw (or if you’ve already completed it), be sure to add a simple modification sent in by fellow reader Doug Green from Wellington, Colorado.

  • No More “Name That Grit”

    My Sandpaper Organizer ran in our August issue as our “Jigs & Fixtures” featured project. If you went ahead and built one, I hope you’re liking it. I sure am.

  • Osborne Wood Products, Inc.: A Supplier for the Rest of Us

    One company, Osborne Wood Products, was so beloved by their community that when they had a fire, their customers, suppliers and neighbors stepped forward to make certain they did not go out of business.