I recently finished the second of two friction folder knives that I’ve been working on. They started as 1095 high-carbon steel blanks that I cut out with a jigsaw. I ground them on a belt sander with ceramic belts, then heat treated them. Here’s the batch right after hardening. After hardening, I tempered them in… Read More


We’ve all seen (and heard) the battery bluetooth speakers. I wanted to make one that was still portable, but a bit more serious. Here’s my drill-battery powered speaker. It all started with the drill battery. It’s just sitting there, high-powered and easy to recharge. I found a thingiverse file that fit my ryobi battery. I… Read More


I visited my brother over the break. He, having recently moved, had only 2 chairs. So while the girls went out on the town, we trekked to the Home Depot and bought enough white pine for some benches. This is what the big bench looks like. We started by measuring the chairs he already had.… Read More


Last night I wanted to make knives, but my belt sander is too loud. Instead I made this. It is a turned and carved cup in pincherry. This is my second cup ever and I must say it turned out better than the last one. An important focus for me here was to make the… Read More


This is a mini muddler: for making short drinks. What is a muddler? A bartender’s tool for crushing leaves and berries so the juices can escape into your glass. Big brother muddler: for muddling or beating up intruders. Baseball bat muddler, for home runs. Carved muddler for hipsters, Or anyone who likes facets. Emergency muddler… Read More


Today I opened a package that I had forgotten that I had ordered. It was a $0.76 mini chip amp from China. I wanted to test it, so I searched to see if I had any free drivers. Lo and behold I had a busted laptop from my brother’s college days. A few minutes with… Read More


I’ve started making spoons recently. This is one of my most recent: a little walnut coffee scoop. I carved this with a hatchet and 2 knives: my homemade carving knife and a morakniv hook knife. The process goes like this: Draw shape Use hook knife to hollow bowl Use axe to cut away everything that… Read More


Here’s a tool I’ve been meaning to make since I started woodworking. Now that I have it I’m kicking myself for not making it earlier. It would have made all of my other work more fun. What is it? The humble strop. Basically it is the final sharpening stone. This particularly fine example is a… Read More


As I was building the small Welsh stick chair there was a time when the undercarriage was finished but the top wasn’t attached. Wouldn’t you know it, we sat on that thing all the time. We put coffee mugs on it; we set laptops on it; we used it as an end table wherever we… Read More