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Category: Around the shop

O’Keeffe’s Working Hands + Bonus Cute Puppy

Posted on January 23rd, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue, Tools. 1 Comment

I’ve recently been looking for a reason to write a product endorsement on O’Keeffe’s Working Hands, but I figured it would be a little obvious if it related to woodworking. Matt from MBW recently wrote one here with the woodworker’s angle. I completely agree with his assessment as well. Wood seems to suck the moisture from our hands and slices them to bits. The winter’s dry weather really can do a number of cracking and splitting knuckles and fingertips. Even our spouses remind us of how rough they can get this time of the year.

So where does the puppy fit … Read More »

Pinewood Derby Synchronicity

Posted on January 22nd, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop. No Comments

It all goes back to the basics when we think about what makes woodworkers fall in love with the craft. This is my som’s first Pine Wood Derby. Band saw, oscillating sander files sand and paint for a 7 year old (with some supervision). Another use for blue painter’s tape to boot.

Race day is next week so we have a few days to get it up to around 5 oz.

Playing Favorites

Posted on January 18th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects, Tools. 4 comments

I recently wrapped up all of the inner workings of my traveling anarchist tool chest including the tills, and a custom chisel holder that attaches to the inside of the chest wall securely, as well as on my tool wall. Like most woodworkers who would be in my position at this point in the project, I decided to give everything a trial run. I places all of my critical tools into the chest to see how things fit, and what might be improved.

My first reaction was damn, this is really heavy (probably 100+ lbs.), but that’s what you … Read More »