New Haiku, Good Wood, Poor Plans, Missed Points and Multiple Functions

New Haiku

A few late entries
Keep the haiku coming
For one more issue. — Editor 

“A table I make
Should I screw, or make a mess
with carpenters glue?” — Mike Godin

“Build with wood to last.
Pound for pound stronger than steel.
Turn, carve, shape to taste.” — Jim Schwenk

“Years spent in the shop
I still have all my fingers
but where is my rule?” — Art Sanbeck

“The cut you just made
is not the cut intended
two chunks of wood scrap.” — Jim Higashi

“Dyslexic I fear
Measure once, cut twice, again
More heirloom toothpicks.” — Sam Rogers

A couple of alert readers noticed that one of the winning haiku entries was not, strictly speaking, haiku. — Editor 

“The third place haiku has a problem; the middle verse has only 6 syllables.” — Gerald Horn

“I couldn’t help noticing that your third place winner was a 5, 6, 5 and not a 5, 7, 5.” — Mike Godin

You are both quite correct, which we suppose proves that we are more lenient than your old high school English teacher. Of course, one could argue that all those with the word haiku in them, and there were several, were also incorrect, at least based on this information from a contributor. — Editor

“Ha-i-ku, in Japanese, is 3 syllables.” — Jim Higashi

You will, of course, notice that in our haiku introducing this section, we used haiku as a three syllable word. No doubt someone will write in to tell us that constitutes a typo because that’s not the way it is pronounced in English. — Editor 

Good Wood 

A question our experts answered on finding good wood elicited another suggestion. — Editor 

“I have been purchasing wood from for many years now. The quality, service and prices are unequalled.” — Joe Nachman

Bad Plans

With a deep sigh, we admit that not all letters are glowing and favorable. Here’s a comment from a less-than-satisfied reader. — Editor

“Your pictures and schematic of the router bit box from the last eZine is so poor, I could not determine the dimensions shown.  Zooming in only made it worse. I expect better from you.” — George Leibert

And you deserve better too, George. We’ll try to do better in the future. — Editor

What’s the Point?

“I must have missed the point on the typo corner. I didn’t get it.” — Ken Erlenbusch

The writer typed “liter box” with one ‘t’ instead of “litter box,” which is what he probably meant to write. A liter is a unit of measure close to a quart. A litter box is where a cat goes to• well, you know. — Editor

“In reading the Q&A section, I seem to be missing something. The individual seems to be looking for information and resources to weave his own chair bottom. Surely, there are resources and information for weaving chair bottom inserts.” — Stephen L. White

There are, but it was clear to our experts that he was confusing the type of cane seat you weave yourself, using holes drilled into a seat, with the type of seat which uses sheets of machine-woven cane, similar to screen window screening, that is designed to be set into a groove. They are not interchangeable; you can’t put either one in a seat designed to take the other. Pointing him toward materials for something that could not be done in his case would hardly be helpful. — Editor


“In addition to all of the various uses for the rip fence mentioned in Charlie’s essay, I use my fence as a fence to set distance from edge on the drill press, a gauge for setting the sharpening of jointer and planer blades, and a fence for the vertical and smooth sanding of board edges on the conical disk sander. The fence is truly like a Swiss army knife and should be. Long live the versatile rip fence!” — Chuck Wright

Typo Corner
“I had an orchid plant on my dresser, and a flower pedal dropped on the dresser.”

From the orchid’s bicycle, we presume. — Editor

Fun fact:
Although some people may not distinguish between a “d” and a “t” sound and thus pronounce them alike, “petal” and “pedal” come from two very different linguistic roots. Pedal comes from the Latin ped, meaning foot, while petal comes from the Greek petalon, meaning leaf.

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