Haiku from You, the eZine Readers
Last time out, I asked the eZine faithful to send in some woodworking-themed haikus. And, as usual, you did not disappoint. We could only pick three winners to receive the great prizes below, but click on over to the “Feedback” section of this eZine to read many more lines of poetry dedicated to your favorite hobby.
The first prize woodworking poetry of the five-seven-five syllable variety goes to Mike Parker, whose entry manages to evoke the yearing for the shop that’s familiar to every woodworker (particularly those who spend more time at our desks than in our shop):
The lumber awaits
The blueprint, the skillful cut,
The well driven nail.
Mike will be getting a $50 gift certificate from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware.
Second prize, a copy of the book, The Collins Complete Woodworker, goes to Gabriel Harris’s entry that summarizes a story which is an old, familiar tale to woodworkers:
Ready for glue-up
Dry fit went perfectly fine
What the hell happened?
And, finally, the third place winner of a supply of Rockler tack cloths, is Thomas M. Scott. His haiku has kind of a zen quality about it:
As more shavings fly,
The less I am inclined
To sweep them all up.
Thanks to everyone who entered and gave all of us at Woodworker’s Journal such fun reading. And Robert Chagnon, while outright pandering to the judges doesn’t necessarily put you in the prize running, it does get you in my eZine editorial. Reading lines like:
I read cover to cover.
It’s the best ever.”
“If you need advice,
the “Woodworker’s Journal is
thorough and precise.”
Reminds me of why, even when that desk job takes me away from the shop, I still love what I do for a living.
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
Rapid Tools’ Rapid Shark knife combines a utility knife and a wire stripper.
The Bench Dog ProMax router tabletop provides more than than 5 square feet of ultra-flat, cast-iron work surface.
Zinsser Bulls Eye Polyurethane interior wood finishes come in both oil-based and water-based formulas.
RIDGID calls the new technology found in their 18V R86014 Drill/Driver “AutoShift.” Although it probably wouldn’t have been the best marketing decision, they could just as easily have called it “anti-stupid.”
Pick up one of Austin Clark’s exquisite mandolins, turn it over in your hands and play a few notes, and you may be convinced that this is the product of a man who was destined from birth to build these fine musical instruments.
What’s the best way to secure a tabletop to its legs and apron?
I would like to repair my rocking chair’s pre-woven caned seat, held in with a spline, and I would like to do the weaving myself. Any guidelines?
The chuck and taper on my drill press keep falling out. How do I get them to stay in?
Can you recommend some tips and sources for finding good, straight, clear wood?
What is a good rule of thumb to use for the maximum width of the tenon, or at least, the maximum width to which glue should be applied?
I have read that stub tenons are not recommended for kitchen cabinet doors or heavy use doors – because of the short length of the tenon. Would gluing the panel add strength to this joint?
At what width would you suggest a twin tenon becomes advisable?
Is such a mortise and tenon joint as strong as the normal mortise and tenon? Do the same rules of thumb apply to tenon size and depth?
Once upon a time, stain was colored liquid. It changed the color of wood just fine, but was messy and tended to drip.
It seems harmless to us, but the use of the term Tommy bar has generated more angst over the past three issues than many more serious issues we’ve touched upon, and it still is not over.
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.