Father’s Day Giveaway From WJ!

We’re taking a little break from our regular routine here at the Woodworker’s Journal Blog to shake things up a bit. We’re adding some great new authors to the blog, bloggers who’ll be enlightening you on a regular basis about topics like wood finishing, wood species and wood, well, in general.

If you’re a reader of the Woodworker’s Journal print magazine, you’ll likely recognize the names of our newest blog contributors: finishing expert Michael Dresdner, silviculturist (that’s a tree scientist) Tim Knight, and woodworking and tool expert Sandor Nagyszalanczy.

If you’re not a reader of the print issue — well, you’ve got a great chance to check it out! One commenter on this blog post will win a free one-year subscription to Woodworker’s Journal. (Don’t worry, current subscribers: if you’re picked as the winner, you’ll get a free year added to your current subscription.)

So, while our Father’s Day offering is not a cheesy card implying that you, your dad, your brother, or anybody else you might happen to know would be likely to nail your thumbs together in the shop, we still hope you’ll appreciate our effort to celebrate the big day all the same. (And if you’re the wrong gender to be a father; that’s A-OK with us. Hey, you had a father somewhere along the line, right? It’s all good.)

How do you qualify to win this giveaway? It’s so simple! Just leave a comment on this blog post, telling us your favorite part of woodworking. If you haven’t posted on our blog before, you’ll be asked to enter your email — which won’t be published, but will be how we’ll contact you if you’re the winner. We’ll use a random number generator to choose the winning comment after the giveaway closes at midnight Central Daylight Time on June 29. We’ll contact the winner by email, and they’ll have 72 hours to respond, or another winner will be selected. We’ll let everybody know who won in another post on this blog.

You can keep coming back here to check us out, or you can sign up to receive blog entries by email or RSS feed by clicking here. We’re a friendly bunch here at the Woodworker’s Journal Blog — editor in chief Rob Johnstone shares tales like how a simple idea to plant some spring seedlings led to him building a full-fledged garden cart; field editor Chris Marshall has shared more than once about his super-popular miter saw station; and we even showcase projects readers like you have built, like this nifty apothecary cabinet. Sometimes, our staff does things like participate in a Guitars for Vets guitar build, and we share that experience here, too. All of that, plus our new regular blog columnists, add up to some great woodworking reading.

Whether you win this giveaway or not, we hope to see you around!

Laguna Tools Starts New Relationship With Rockler

Today’s announcement from Laguna Tools and Rockler Woodworking and Hardware joins the two family-run woodworking companies into a new relationship.Laguna Band Saw — both in-store and online.

Rockler LogoStarting later this month, woodworkers will be able to purchase products like Laguna’s 14-, 16- and 18-inch band saws, 2 and 3hp cyclone dust collectors, hybrid cabinet saw and 3hp cast-iron top cabinet saw while they’re shopping for the hardware and other woodworking supplies sold through Rockler. Ann Rockler Jackson, CEO of Rockler Companies, and Catherine Helshoj, vice president of Laguna Tools, have indicated that additional products will follow throughout the year.

Both women also cited similar commitments to quality, customer service and innovation between the two companies, which have a combined 81-year history. “We are thrilled to offer the legendary quality of Laguna power tools to our woodworking customers, and to help Laguna expand their presence across the country,” said Rockler Jackson, while Helshoj’s statement was, “We’re very selective about our business alliances, and we’re proud to be affiliated with such an outstanding organization.”

Those of us here at Woodworker’s Journal are pleased to share this information with our readers. This is good news for woodworkers and good news for our industry.

Are We Your Favorite Blog?

November/December 2010 Issue CoverDo you like reading the Woodworker’s Journal blog?

Silly question, isn’t it — since you’re right here reading it.

If, as we hope, it’s among your favorites, you might be interested in a contest going on over at another blog. Gladiator Garageworks is running the “What’s Your Favorite Blog” comment contest through this week (ends Sunday, October 31).

Their blog editors have picked their top 15 favorite blogs — Woodworker’s Journal among them. (Aw, shucks. We’re flattered.)

To enter the contest, you post a link to your favorite blog, or favorite blog post, that fits their criteria, and say why it’s your favorite. (“Woodworker’s Journal blog is the best ever because the editors are wonderful, stupendous, incredibly talented and handsome people who should all be paid at least a million dollars annually” is merely a hypothetical example.*) For entering, you get a shot at being one of five winners of a $10 Amazon.com gift certificate.

Joanna Takes

Senior Editor

*Note: Woodworker’s Journal editors are also not eligible for the Gladiator contest.

We Wish You a Happy New Year

Rob-PortraitThis time of year is notoriously busy — for reasons that can be both sound and silly. The hubbub that surrounds our work and family life can sometimes become overwhelming, and it is easy to let an important obligation slide by.  But I would be remiss if I failed to take just a few moments to offer thanks to you, our readers, for your support over the past year.  Consider this salutation of goodwill as coming not just from me, but indeed the entire Woodworker’s Journal staff.  It is not lost on us that your support is the reason why we are among the most fortunate of folks — not only do we have a job (no small thing in this economy), but we have some of the best jobs around — putting out a woodworking magazine, eZine and website.  Speaking personally, there is nothing I can think of that would be more satisfying than what I do every day.  And the attention of those I call the Journal’s faithful is the key to all that.

So please accept our thanks for your historic support and our best wishes for the year to come. I am not one of those folks who think that the good old days exist only in the past — I am a certified optimist about the future. My hope is that 2010 will be the most providential of years, and that when I look back from this vantage point next year, I will be even more thankful for you and the opportunities that you have afforded me and my staff.  Have a safe, happy and productive new year!

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

A Little Holiday Merriment from the Folks at Ryobi

TTI CHRISTMAS CARDWhether you’re revved up for the festivities to come over the next few days, or if you’re feeling the need for a little holiday “lift” right about now, the folks at Ryobi have a clever video card to share with all of us.

Check out this link:


Makes me want to grab a sheet of plywood and some tools right now. There’s always room to add one more holiday lawn ornament to the yard, right? Thanks for the fun, Ryobi!

Long live Frosty!

Catch you in the shop—after the holidays,

Chris Marshall, Field Editor