A New Year of Woodworking
Happy new year!
Fresh pages of the calendar stretch before us, just waiting to be filled with exciting events, fond memories – and, of course, woodworking projects.
Now, while it’s just possible that some of you might still be putting the finishing touches on projects that were originally destined for last Christmas, for most of you, it’s time to move on into the new year.
(If you’re in the first camp, though, here’s a tip: my dad tells the story of families he grew up with who celebrated Christmas on the Eastern Orthodox date. The point of his story is that they always got their Christmas trees really cheap. But you can also take note that the date is almost two weeks later than the date of Christmas on the Julian calendar for your own purposes. Just sayin’.)
As for your 2018 woodworking: do you have big plans? Projects planned already? Or will you just wait and see what comes along?
Joanna Werch Takes, Woodworker’s Journal
P.S. Looking for Rob? You may be able to catch him on his road trip if you’re around the Spring, Texas, area this weekend: he’s part of the festivities for Saturday’s grand opening celebration at the new Rockler Woodworking and Hardware store.
Next Wave Automation founder Tim Owens turns resources into a special holiday gift for his cousin.
Ernie Conover demonstrates how to use spindle gouges and scrapers to turn the bottom canister and lid.
Lightweight, ratcheting-jaw clamps with quick-release action can secure delicate assemblies or assist with various power tool tasks.
Compact impact driver with three-position handle delivers up to 225 in.-lbs. of torque for driving or removing screws and other fasteners.
My redwood bear carving looks dry and needs a fresh coat of finish. Should I use urethane or something else to keep it from darkening?
Thomas Lynott is a woodcarver, painter and furniture maker. Three of his latest pieces are nature carvings.