Silicone is Swell
Truth be known, I am a bit of a sentimental person. Although for some reason my emotional temperature really revved up after I turned 40-something. I’m told this is a natural part of the aging process. You know … like your brain becoming as smooth as a cue ball and your joints filling up with sand. (Mother Nature, you are a mean one!)
But in the last couple of years, my tendency toward the tender has yielded a sweet benefit. After I lost my tungsten wedding ring (in a pile of sawdust, if you must know) I replaced it with a silicone wedding ring … and it is the clear deal for all of us who work with our hands. First of all, silicone rings will rip apart if caught in a ladder or similar situation that could endanger your finger. Second, they are inexpensive — I have lost three more wedding rings since my metal one went missing. (Not my fault! I am just active!) And third, they look great.
So, save your finger and keep love alive with a silicone wedding ring. Better than sliced bread! (Or a sliced finger …)
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
Wood Symphony, an online gallery, is currently displaying its fourth annual curated exhibition of woodturnings and sculpture, featuring 140 works by 60 artists.
Rob Johnstone explains how to create a natural looking finish on softwoods like pine, cedar and poplar.
Brew up to three 5-ounce cups of coffee, using either fresh-ground or single-serve packs, with this cordless 18-volt coffee maker.
Add customized woodworking flair to your gardening tool collection with this three-piece hardened-steel tool set. Turn their handles from the wood of your choice to fit your unique grip.
Will steam soften the glue joints on antique furniture so we can disassemble it for easier refinishing or restoration? What glues will be affected by steam?
Readers discuss whether they could “help” Rob out with storage for extra wood from a blow-down … and what they wish they had in the way of storage.