From My Mind to Reality

One of the things that makes woodworking so satisfying to me is that, on occasion, I will imagine a project — table, chair, shelving, bowl, bird feeder and so forth — and then just go out to my shop and build it. That is pretty amazing when you think about it: concept to completion, and the only influence through the whole process is me. (While that is not exactly true, it is pretty close.) So while I would not call myself a designer per se, there is no doubt I have designed and built many things. Some of them turned out very well.

What about you? Do you prefer to build from plans or create projects based on your own ideas? Please share!

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

P.S.: For those of you who are interested in discussions on design, my friend and master woodworker Ian Kirby had a recent blog post you should read. Check it out by clicking here.

How to Keep Your Shop Cool

Working in a hot workshop can be miserable. Luckily, there are many ways to make a shop cooler and more comfortable. Keep your shop cool in the summer.

Make a Table Saw Tenon Cutting Jig

Cut crisp, clean tenons quickly and safely with this helpful shop jig. Suitable for any table saw, this jig can be built out of plywood, scraps and easy-to-find hardware.

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