Author Archives: Sam

About Sam

Young, good-looking, manly--you get the picture. Novice woodworker with just too much rolling around upstairs to keep to myself. Random thoughts, philosophical questions, the occasional flash of insight or just dumb luck that needs to be shared with anyone who cares.

Traditional Tool Chest

Well, I feel like I just gave birth.  I’ve been working on this since before Christmas, and I finally just filled it up with tools. I’m intentionally not calling it an Anarchist’s Tool Chest, but truthfully, if you don’t live … Continue reading

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Shop-happy :) (and mallets)

Okay, that’s the first time I ever used an emoticon, and I feel dirty. But it looks a lot like the silly grin that’s been pasted on my face for the last three weeks or so. I took a week’s … Continue reading

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Shaker Step Stool

Yeah, I Know; boring title for a philosophical, high-brow, artsy-fartsy type of woodworking blog post. Good thing this isn’t one of those. It turns out that if you want people to read the non-sensical, non-sequitur type of tripe that I … Continue reading

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Tear-Out II: Bronze Oak Leaf’s Bane

A long time ago; in a galaxy far, far away. . . . . . I wrote about grain direction, tear-out, something about an epiphany; blah, blah, blah. Well, I’ve finally decided to finish my musings on how I learned … Continue reading

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Dovetails

I know I said I’d talk about grain direction next, but, obviously I’ve been a little distracted. I figured the best thing I could do to bridge the gap between now and the time I actually do write about grain … Continue reading

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Tear-out and Grain Direction

I know what you’re thinking; “All these quotes from his Pappy and his wise old friends are just colorful metaphor”.  “He probably never cut down a tree in his life.”  “I doubt he really swears at his handplanes.” Well, I’m … Continue reading

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Dehumidifier Kiln: Part Deux

**Full Disclosure**–I have recently heard from Daren Nelson, the original designer of this kiln.  He was not happy with my “ample deference and credit” to him for the design of this kiln.  I contacted him and had a nice 42+ … Continue reading

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Lonely Tools

            Well, can anyone pick out what’s wrong with this picture (other than my pathetically small handplane collection)?  Hint: it’s the decoration on the handplanes.  No, it’s not Halloween, those are real cobwebs.  On my … Continue reading

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Redneck Feng Shui

After coming up with that line, how could I pass up a chance to get a little more mileage out of it? Well, the final coat of finish I previously mentioned was applied to the trim of the new gigantic … Continue reading

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Shop Set-up

Well, today I put the final coat of finish on what is yet another chapter in an ongoing love story: the continually changing set-up of the Bronze Oak Leaf shop.  This will probably turn into a two-part post on the … Continue reading

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