I’ve recently become interested in delving into the practice of incorporating veneer into some of my projects. To get started in this, I’ve read several books on veneering. While each has its strong points, none, in my opinion, is as complete an introduction to veneering as The Craft of Veneering by Craig Thibodeau.
I have written about some of the psychological benefits of woodworking before, how shop time can help us manage anxiety and stress and contribute to a more positive outlook on life. As I think about our current situation let me share how woodworking can affect four key dimensions of our mental health and well-being.
First of all, we would like to thank everyone who is working in the medical fields, trucking, retail sales, manufacturing, delivery, sanitation and every other essential worker out there for all of their services they are continuing to provide during these times.
A lot of us, who aren’t in these fields, have more than likely found some extra time on our hands that we would normally be using commuting to work, socializing with friends and family, or attending sports practice. For a lot of people, this has been newfound time to start a new hobby or get better at something you have already been pursuing….like woodworking.
There are also those of us who have kids and are now doing double duty as both parents and teachers. Now could be a good time to add shop class into your child’s schedule. Not only is it teaching them new skills but it gets you into the shop!
This month we want to ask how are you spending your time around the house? And if it’s not listed in the poll, feel free to comment on this blog post!
Of all the hand tools, I think the drawknife can be the most intimidating – especially if you’ve never picked one up before. There’s something about the simplicity of the tool that makes it appear so challenging. It’s just a blade with two handles. There are no added controls, adjustments, knobs, buttons, batteries or lasers – it’s just the blade and your skill that make it work.
After finally deciding to get a SawStop Table Saw, Steve tackles the next set of challenges opportunities that come with having the new saw in his shop. First up: building ‘the ultimate’ outfeed table that will double as an assembly and glue-up table.
After posting our new video on How to Sharpen Chisels, we took a look back at some of our older articles and videos on the topic of sharpening, and found this great guide, written awhile back by Zach Etheridge, a man who excelled at keeping his hand tools sharp. Just goes to show that even with all of the new technology available, good, basic sharpening techniques are timeless.
Everyone knows that sharp tools will work better for you in the shop. But when you start noticing that your chisels are not working as effectively, do you immediately go to sharpen them, or do you put off the task?
Sometimes you just need someone to break down the steps and show you how easy it can be. In this short video, Jim Dillon walks us through his sharpening process, using waterstones and a honing guide.