Butterflies may have jumped the shark

This afternoon i was touring the new office space of one of my clients (tech startup) when my host pointed out their new tables. Inlaid brass butterflies work pretty well in the “industrial chic” of their new office.

Then I happened to notice the oddly consistent need for split control and became suspicious.

Is it just me or do those look like saw marks in that split?


This will cut into my Woodworking Time

So my wife and I did something crazy.  Like, I still wake up in the middle of the night wondering if this was a terrible idea.  We bought a “ranch” in northern Wyoming…

The property has been neglected for decades and I just spent a few days exploring and figuring out what needs work (short answer is everything) and the scale of this project is a bit overwhelming.  There is no house at the moment (it burned down) but there is a garage/workshop that needs a new roof.  I’m sure the seller will being clearing some of it out but I might end up with some functional tools.


Clamp Storage

A while back I saw a clamp storage station on Reddit and saved the image to my phone. I found that image this weekend and cranked out a version for my garage. I didn’t realize how many clamps I had.

Between the pocket holes and the band saw this was a pretty quick build and has already made a difference in the garage.


I was telling a friend of mine that the plus side of being a woodworker is you can build cool stuff but the downside is we tend to overbuild it. Case in point, i went to hone depot to get lumber for a sandbox and they had 2/12 rough sawn redwood board that were almost the same price as pressure treated.

My fore plane removed the fuzz and my spoke shave smoothed the chipped edges. Then I used percussion right angles and a half dozen clamps with 10 outdoor grade pocket screws and gorilla glue in each corner.

Square sandbox unfortunately showed that the yard edging was not.

Side note, my oldest asked if a Gorilla handed me the glue like on TV.

Unusual Stick Benches

Ive been on the East Coast the past couple of weeks doing business development (four different city offices in four days) and now I’m in Philly getting ready ready to bring the family back to SF. I spotted this stick bench in a local mall in west chester PA.

Axe handle legs and pitch-fork spindles and its held up to mall patron use.

Wow it’s been a while

Apparently it’s been a while because my body is aching after a day of milling. Between the family and work (I created a new product line at work this year) I’ve not really made any progress on my woodworking projects but the family is back in Philly for a bit so I have been catching up a bit.

I spent a few hours cutting out the chair leg blanks and working on the sides of my son’s new bookcase. The new bandsaw is great and has been making short work of everything. Going to be a lot of flattening and squaring in my future.

Saw upgrade

The first few months of the year continued to be crazy at work but my trial testimony is finally complete and another project hit a major milestone so my workload is back to a normal level. I also decided to turn down a new job in Boston (I think the multiple nor’easters in a row made the decision for me) and since we aren’t moving it was time for a shop upgrade.

I’ve also managed to glue up a few seat blanks (one more to go) and started flattening one.