During the fall and winter of ’72, I worked as a roustabout in the oil fields of Gillette, Wyoming. I found myself without work in the southwest corner of the state, and a friend persuaded me to consider working in […]
Returning to wood and tools after a 20-year hiatus.
For quite some time I have been aware of the fact that I did not have a wooden mallet that I could use to pound on the chisels as I cleaned out the mortises. Months ago, I had glued up […]
Each side of the desk has three legs — with a small 12 inch gap between two of the legs where a drawer will fit. I decided that using mortise and tenons on those pieces between the legs was the […]
This picture shows the well used plane that I purchased when Judy’s parents left the farm and retired. I am using this number 7 plane to joint the boards that form the top. Normally, you would use a power joiner, […]
Always enamored with quarter-sawn white oak, I picked that wood for my first big project a few months back. There is a great place over in Dunlap, IA where you can get lumber at nice prices that are planed (roughly) […]