Maintain Your Body

If we want our tools to last, we sharpen and maintain them. If we treat them right, they endure. Best of all, it only takes a small amount of time every time we use them to keep them in good shape for the next time we use them.

When Less Will Do

I am a sucker for the tools section of any hardware or big-box store. I can’t help but look at those chop saws, drill presses, band saws and table saws and wish they were mine.

Lost and Found

Last week, David from Omaha commented on how often we don’t take a minute to find the right tool and use something else instead. He’s very right about that; however, sometimes the right tool just can’t be found.

Tool Dictionary

When my cousin Curt forwarded a virtual copy of the Tool Dictionary, I appreciated the humor and irony in the definitions. In case you haven’t seen the list, it takes common tools from the shop and applies twisted definitions to them.

A Tool is a Tool, Except …

Last week, I picked up my handmade 16-inch, 12 ppi, hybrid-cut cherry handle tenon saw. Mark Harrell, owner of Bad Axe Tools and saw maker extraordinaire, handed it to me and set up a wood scrap so I could try cutting a tenon.

Working with Tools

Photo by Rick Gush This week, I got to try out my new curved surform—a tool to create pieces for my Adirondack chairs. I’ve got several projects going at the moment: building a pair of Adirondack chairs, starting spring garden work and prepping my next art project. All of these activities require excessive and repeated tool […]

Framing Square: The Carpenter’s Computer

I picked up a new framing square the other day, as my old one was getting increasingly hard to read due to corrosion. Of course, when you buy a framing square, you get a great deal more than you may ever use, for a framing square is truly a carpenter’s computer.

Farm Show Time

We are in the midst of winter farm show season, nationally as well as here in the Midwest. A week and a half ago, I was in Sioux Falls, S.D., for their show. Last week, there was a big show in Des Moines, Iowa.

Christmas Tooling

With Christmas only a few days away, it’s not too late to “tool up!” No, I don’t mean buying yourself and your loved ones a lot of tools. Hopefully, you’ve already taken care of that task.

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