Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Getting Into Fine Woodworking, Part 2: Dust Collection

In part 1 of the series, I talked about possible locations for your shiny new workshop. Now that you've picked out that perfect spot, it's time to think about how you're going to keep yourself healthy in it! Besides the obvious (read all instruction manuals, follow proper safety procedures, blah blah blah), one of the most important things you can do for your shop is install some sort of dust collection system.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Getting Into Fine Woodworking, Part 1: Location, Location, Location!

A friend of mine recently asked me for advice on getting started in fine furniture building. I thought this would make a great topic of discussion here.

There's a lot of ways to get into fine woodworking. Maybe you inherited a workshop from your parents or grandparents and decided you want to learn how to do something with it. Or maybe you saw woodworking shows like New Yankee Workshop or The Woodwright's Shop and became inspired by the craftsmanship (or power tools).

No matter how, getting started in the craft tends to work pretty much the same way.  So, I want to discuss what I think are the most important parts to getting started quickly, and largely how I got into the craft myself.

Monday, March 9, 2015

A New Family Member and a Completed Changing Table

You may have noticed my absence from the blogosphere these past few months. Well, that sort of thing happens when you get a newborn! Rowan Stewart-Maccarrone, at your service!

In related news, I managed to get his changing table done just-in-time, and it came out beautiful! All of the problems I had initially with warping wood went away after I figured out what to do. Then, it was a matter of cutting out the rest of the pieces and putting it all together.