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.

Extended absence

Hey, sorry (to the two or three of you that read this stuff) about the extended absence. I’ve recently gotten busy at work and am having trouble fitting in the normal household chores, let alone annoying anyone with this occasional … Continue reading

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So much wood; so little talent

Well, I am no longer in need of wood.  If you can see in the picture, there are no fewer than  five separate stacks of wood.  I now have some nice maple, cherry, and even a little walnut to play … Continue reading

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Dehumidifier Kiln

Well, after much thought, research, and stalling, I finally built a dehumidification kiln. You see, the last time I cut trees was last Spring. That lumber has been stacked and air-drying for over a year now. I recently finished off … Continue reading

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Wardrobe and Chest

I noticed while perusing past posts (let’s face it, I’m the only one who reads them; and, again, it’s all about me) that I have not yet posted any pics or information on the wardrobe or chest. I’d like to … Continue reading

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Wood Snobbery

Ever built something from Honduran Mahogany? Burmese Teak? Plain old Black Walnut? Last year I was cutting some trees on my property to make a hole for the sun to shine through on my kids’ new pool. We just couldn’t … Continue reading

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Well, I think I’ve finally finished off the giant red oak I cut down about 3 years ago. It was a magnificent tree. It yielded some wide, clear planks that forever spoiled me concerning quality lumber. Being a brand new … Continue reading

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Making Pegs

Well, it’s been a while since I posted. I must admit that I am a little busy, and it takes more time to write than I sometimes have to spare. I finished the wardrobe since my last post, and then … Continue reading

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Pegged Tenons

When I first decided to start woodworking, I decided to read as much as possible first. A friend of mine told me that’s nice, but you need to start making sawdust. I thought his advice was good, but I read … Continue reading

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The Wardrobe

Today I started what, for me, is my most challenging project to date: a wardrobe for my son.  I tried to keep it simple; just frame and panel construction with four long posts at the corners.  It’s a ton of … Continue reading

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Wood and the story of the Bronze Oak Leaf

I love wood.  Everything about it.  The smell, the texture, the way a freshly handplaned board shimmers in the light.  However, you can’t let your obsession with that new pile of air-dried cherry paralyze you–staring wistfully at it instead of … Continue reading

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