Banding Together

Remember those old Wisk detergent commercials where the announcer would disdainfully point out “those dirty rings!” Here’s the woodworking equivalent: those dirty plys.

With the exception of Baltic birch and its various likenesses, where the plys are generally uniform and pretty enough to show off, we don’t want to see those “bad” plys on most projects. Particleboard edges are just as much a faux pas to leave bare. You can get away with it on a shop project, but not on a finished cabinet. At least MDF edges, which are generally left au naturel, kind of blend into their surroundings unnoticed.

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A Different Kind of Wood Saw

This clever submission caught my eye, especially given this comment about wooden saw replicas on our extremely popular Cabinet Saw Caption post.

I always wanted a wood saw so I made one.

- Darryl Sackmann; Montrose, Colorado

I’m a little curious how it would handle cutting some rock-hard maple…

If you’ve got projects you’d like to share, click here to send them in.

Matt Becker
Content Coordinator

PS – You’ll see a little less activity on our main blog this week because we’ll be at the International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas.  Click here to follow our coverage of the show!

Top 20 Clever Captions

Those of you who’ve submitted captions to our cabinet saw photo have proven this: woodworkers can take a goofy photo and made something good of it. At well over 100 captions submitted—and counting—it’s clear we’ve got a collective funnybone!

I’ve been wanting to pick a “Top Ten” list, but between the captions posted to our Facebook page and here on the blog, there are too many good ones for just ten fingers. (And despite all those cabinet saws, I still have ten to count with.) So, with Matt Becker’s help—he’s got all ten digits, too—we’ve picked 20 of the funniest ones. If yours didn’t make the cut (yeah, couldn’t help that one), it’s nothing personal. These just made us laugh out loud…but there were plenty of chuckles and smiles for the rest.

See if you agree:

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Wooden Memory Quilt

This reader’s submission started out as a comment on the “Whaddja Give? Whaddja Get?” post on what our readers gave or got as holiday gifts.  Chris Marshall was intrigued and followed up by asking for a photo to be sent in.

I made a Wooden Memory Quilt for my sister-in-law for Christmas. Each square has a special meaning.

Intarsia, segmentation, inlay, and fretwork make up the squares.  I used patterns designed by others for the squares  to design my own quilt.

The quilt measures 3’ x 4’. I used a protective gel varnish.

I have been working with wood for about 3 years and love it. A new band saw and router this year for Christmas; can’t wait to see what comes out of the woodshed next.

- Angie Gryder Gregg; Blowing Rock, NC

Have you got projects you’d like to see on our site?  Click here to send them in!

Matt Becker
Content Coordinator

Jerry Seinfeld Who?

Stuffed shop or situation comedy? Looks like both to you.

Who knew that a bunch of shop rats could be so darn funny?

Your response to Matt Becker’s request for Cabinet Saw Captions has been OFF THE CHARTS! And we couldn’t be happier about it. The numbers keep clicking higher as your rapier wit unleashes itself. Do you think we can top 150 captions before the comedy runs cold?

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Gotta Clever Cabinet Saw Caption?

When Field Editor Chris Marshall sent us this photo of the collection of Cabinet Saws in his shop preparing for the review you’ll find in our February issue, the completely ridiculous image just begged for a fun caption.

My entry? “A cabinet saw bomb went off in my shop!”

Got a better one?  Leave it in the Comments section and let’s see what our clever readers can come up with!

Matt Becker
Content Coordinator

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Getting it Done in ’10

Ah, resolutions…

Depending on how you look at them, they could be the best or worst part of flipping the calendar to January.

Here are my plans for 2010: instead of vowing to drop 20 pounds or remodel my basement—both of which are equally unlikely—I’ve made a couple of woodworking-related resolutions this year. The first one should be easy to pull off:

1. I’m gonna tame my tangled mess of air compressor hose.

Sounds ridiculously easy, doesn’t it? Right now, it lays on the floor in a pile where it gets in my way, because the hose has a memory to it and doesn’t coil up easily. I kick it around and shove it here and there, but I need a better solution. Retractable? Maybe hung from the ceiling? This year I’m going to figure something out. (Advice anyone?)

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