A Popular Woodworking editor got an up-close look at what Don Williams is up to. He’s one the people working hard at the Smithsonian Museum to preserve artifacts, including furniture and other wood crafts.
“I literally get paid to read old finish manuals. I won’t deny, it’s a pretty good job.”
Magnets are everywhere these days, so why not in a pen? Penn State Industries has a new Magnetic Vertex Pen, that features an integrated magnet to hold the cap on. Available as rollerball or fountain in chrome, gunmetal, or satin.
If you’re in the area, check out the 2011 Wood Expo, a special exhibit at the New England Home Show. Guests include Allan Breed, Glen Guarino, Philip C. Lowe, Steve Brown and of course, the Expo’s host, Tommy McDonald.
Joshua Casper, a specialist in the U.S. Army, has been using his woodworking skills to improve the lives of those he’s serving with.
In the last six months, Casper has constructed shelves and stands for soldiers, framed and insulated the Afghan National Break area and an inspection cell used by female inspectors and worked on the volunteer fire station, among other projects.
Specialist Casper must be doing a great job, because he was just recognized with the “Warrior of the Week” award.
The most nervewracking part of building a shelf are drilling all of those holes for the shelf-pins, and you’ve got two options: fixed shelves, or finding a good jig. Greg Portland has a good review of the options on the market right now over at Sawmill Creek.
We both know there’s at least one bit rolling around, or lost in the shavings, in the back corner of your router table. So why not build it a nice little home? Check out this step-by-step plan over at Wood Magazine, and there’s a downloadable/printable version on the last page.
One of the most important parts of any project is selecting the wood you’ll use. While we usually go for a wood based on it’s properties or color or figure, sometimes it’s all about the story. I just ordered myself some Kauri wood from WoodCraft for this reason. It looks pretty plain, but it has some iridescence, and it’s textured like Basswood, but here’s the kicker, it’s 50,000 years old!
The kauri forests originate in the Northern Island of New Zealand, and it has been scientifically proven that they were around before the Ice Age. According to one theory, they were knocked down by a giant tsunami and buried in peat bogs for over 50,000 years, where they were perfectly preserved from the elements that would otherwise have rotted them away.
Alot of great discussion in the comments over at the Wood Whisperer about a possible move to require Saw-Stop like technology in tablesaws. He also points out a new competitor called Whirlwind that takes a different approach, using proximity sensors rather than conductivity. Seems like a great idea, and I can’t wait to see if this gets picked up by some of the manufacturers.