Category Archives: Wood and Woodwork

Choosing a Back Saw: Everything You Really Need to Know

So let’s say you’re just starting to get into woodworking, and you realize that you really need a small saw.  The ones with the spines look nice.  They’re called “back saws,” right? They seem like they might be easier to … Continue reading

Posted in Wood and Woodwork | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Four Decades on a Thumb: Old-Growth Page Holders

I was planing down a batch of thumb-ring page holders yesterday. That kind of repetitive work gives me time to reflect on the origins of the material I am using.  In this case, I was making the page holders out … Continue reading

Posted in books, Wood and Woodwork | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Replace a Tang Chisel Handle

There’s something especially satisfying about making or modifying your own tools, but it’s even more fun to do so while helping one of your kids build her tool collection. This 1 1/4″-wide Buck Bros. chisel was given to my oldest … Continue reading

Posted in Build-Alongs, Tool Repair, Wood and Woodwork | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

A Kitchen Essential: The “Staked” Stool

I don’t remember much of the furniture I grew up with, but one small piece stands out in my memory.  It was a small, oak footstool, which was kicked around my parents’ kitchen for years (sometimes literally).  I believe that … Continue reading

Posted in Build-Alongs, Kitchen, Tutorials, Wood and Woodwork | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Trash –> Treasure, or New Spoons from Old Furniture

When I sell my spoons and spatulas at craft markets, people always ask me, “Where do you get the wood?”  I often laugh because, truth be told, practically ever piece of wood has a story behind it.  More often than … Continue reading

Posted in Furniture, Wood and Woodwork, Woodenware | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

How to Make Refrigerator Magnets from Wood Scraps

Some wood scraps are just too pretty to throw away.  For example, the briar wood burl from which I make tobacco pipes has beautiful flame-grain, and some even has eye-catching natural edges.  So every time I make a pipe, I … Continue reading

Posted in Build-Alongs, Wood and Woodwork | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

My Love-Hate Relationship with Spoon Carving Templates

I don’t remember exactly when I began to use templates to lay out my wooden spoons and spatulas, but after I had made my first dozen or so wooden spoons, I hit upon a couple of spoon shapes that just … Continue reading

Posted in Carving, Musings, Wood and Woodwork, Woodenware | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

My First Woodworking Project (I think)

The other day I was rummaging around in an old box of scraps, and I pulled out a chunk of wood that I had completely forgotten about. It doesn’t look like much, but I’m pretty sure it’s my first woodworking … Continue reading

Posted in Wood and Woodwork | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

The Best Tire Swing Ever

We have a large oak tree in our front yard, and while we have attempted to put up several different kinds of tree swings for the children over the years, this tire swing has been by far the best.  The … Continue reading

Posted in Build-Alongs, Home Improvement, Kids, Wood and Woodwork | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Easy Wooden Pants Hanger

As a professional teacher, I own a lot of dress slacks.  Until recently, I had them hanging on a variety of different hangers, most of which sagged and left unsightly wrinkles on each leg.  There are a lot of effective … Continue reading

Posted in Wood and Woodwork | 3 Comments