Category Archives: Personal Favorites

My First Time

During the last 30 years, I’ve heard hundreds of “I first encountered Fine Woodworking…” stories that have an impressive ending. The person becomes a lifetime woodworker or quits their job to build furniture. Or collects every issue since the magazine … Continue reading

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An English Translation of ‘How a Handplane Made a Handplane: A Fairy Tale’

Note to readers: Yesterday (25 May) some of you may have received a version of this post. That version was pulled back shortly after publishing due to multiple problems with how the images were loading. I apologize for any confusion … Continue reading

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You Have to Believe Your Own BS

We ripped out our kitchen on March 1 and have spent the last 10 weeks waiting for a safe time (with procedures sanctioned by state health officials) to resume the work. This week the cabinets arrived, and so I recruited … Continue reading

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Answer the Door

Here in downtown Covington, we live with a lot of people who are in and out of homeless shelters. Plus, my wife’s job is to write about homelessness, poverty and social justice issues for a local television station. So it’s … Continue reading

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Rock the Boat

Whenever I am asked to build a rocking chair, I say: “Sorry, I don’t make them. They are a totally different animal than what I build.” But if you could centrifuge the polite Southerner out of my response, it might … Continue reading

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‘Work and Pleasure’ – From ‘Honest Labour’

Editor’s note: This is part of our series featuring some of our favorite columns from “Honest Labour: The Charles H. Hayward” years, along with a few sentences about why these particular columns hit the mark. This column from 1942 speaks … Continue reading

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The Redundancy School of Repeating Myself

I wish I were a better sawyer. Sometimes I wish I could pull off a nice French polish. But mostly, I wish I could stick to the script. When I teach people how to make a chair, tool chest, workbench … Continue reading

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‘Mind Upon Mind’ – From ‘Honest Labour’

Editor’s note: For the next several weeks, we will feature some of our favorite columns from “Honest Labour: The Charles H. Hayward” years, along with a few sentences about why these particular columns hit the mark. If you know anything … Continue reading

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Trees on Streets and Maps

Many a woodworker, no matter the season, can identify every tree in their yard and neighborhood. You recognize and value trees for the wood they provide for your shop and also their role in improving our environment. Part of the … Continue reading

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Living Well is the Best Revenge

When F+W Media fired Megan Fitzpatrick on Dec. 5, 2017, there were people inside and outside the organization who gloated over the news. That statement isn’t news. I am qualified to tell you that you don’t get to be the … Continue reading

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