Thursday, October 13, 2016

If it Looks Good it Is Good.

Sometimes its necessary to ignore level and plumb to create the proper look
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation's Preservation Resource Center in Wilkinsburg, PA this Saturday, Oct 15th at 10:00AM for a presentation I'm calling "If It Looks Good It Is Good" about the struggles of trim carpentry and other woodworking related items in older homes.

In a world where things are not plumb, square, or level there often comes a time where you have to abandon some ideas about what is correct for the sake of the aesthetics of the final project. We'll discuss how and when to do that, techniques for coping with the irregularity, and how to work from a reference point even when it seems none exist.

Of course looks aren't everything and many times function matters as well. We'll discuss how to determine functional impacts of modifications as well and how to address them.

Working with an older structure can be a bit challenging but if you let the house take the lead it can really enhance the overall outcome of the work. Isn't that really what it's all about?

I look forward to discussing this interesting topic with you all!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Date Change: Woodworking Joints Part 1 Now on Sept 10th

A few tools that are helpful in making joints
The workshop on woodworking joints, including rabbet, grooves and dados, has been moved up to Saturday Sept 10th at 10am. We'll be covering how to make rabbets, grooves and dados, what they are useful for and the tools that are used to make them. As usual we'll have tools ready to go so everyone can try their hand at the demonstrated techniques. Hope to see everyone there!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tool Clearance Sale on my Etsy Store

Over at my Etsy Store I'm clearing out some tools for which I had good intentions but for which I have no time so my loss is your gain. Here's a few photos to take a look at, there's more on Etsy and I've got a few more items to add beyond whats on there so be sure to check back.

Disston D8

Sandvik 20" panel

Mujingfang plow plane