Featuring posts from our editorial staff and contributing writers.

  • Boatbuilding Books

    Over the centuries boatbuilding terms have become an integral part of our vocabulary–although the origins may be obscure.

  • What Is It Worth?

    It has happened to all of us at one time or another. If you work wood long enough, someone; maybe a relative, possibly a friend, or even a coworker will admire your work and ask what you would charge them to make a . . . (fill in the blank)

  • Who Is It Really for?

    I start thinking of my Christmas gifts ahead of time. Giving shop-made gifts does require a bit more advanced planning. One of the things we woodworkers really need to decide early on is who are we making the gift for.

  • Making Box Joints

    This is a useful joint which can be made with four cuts on the table saw.

  • How Many Tools and How Many Trips

    How many tools will a job take and how many trips back to the shop? After some 50 years of home repair, I’ve come to expect to go back for more tools at least three or four times. More than that and I really feel dumb; less than three and I feel pretty smart. But why can’t I think of everything the first time?

  • Woodcarving Insight

    My life is all about woodcarving, mostly relief woodcarving. I started when I was 18 years old and knew right off: woodcarving was for me.

  • The Best One

    I was privileged to have an excellent instructor and wonderful gentleman teach me beginning woodworking some thirty-plus years ago. Dabney Doty was meticulous and thrifty, accounting for every scrap of wood in the University shop where he’d taught for who-knows-how-many years.

  • The Wood Collector

    I’m a wood collector. I didn’t set out to become one. It just happened as a consequence of 40 years of furniture making: 20 feet of this, 100 feet of that.

  • Grade School Helper

    My daughter called the other day and asked if I would help at Sammy’s grade school Arts and Sciences Day the following week.

  • Grounding PVC

    I received a woodworkers catalog in the mail recently and noticed an ad for dust collection systems.