2020 Archive

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

I once watched a YouTube video about making a knife. Since then, YouTube has recommended more knife-making videos to me than I can remember. This is probably why, when faced with the question of what to make for this year's family gift exchange, I suddenly thought, "I could try making a knife!"

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Monday, December 28, 2020

I wasn’t kidding when I said the shape of my turned tap handle would be a familiar tool-handle shape. I turned the handles above for a Christmas gift this year. They’re an inch or so shorter than the tap handle, with different end diameters to match each tool, but otherwise they’re all the same idea.

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

I wanted a nicer handle for the tap serving seltzer from my kegerator, so I grabbed a piece of scrap maple and turned one.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

We left our old laundry rack with friends when we moved. I built us a new one, and then made a video and wrote up plans so that you can too!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Near the end of September, my wife and I took a spectacular motorcycle ride from California to Wisconsin. Nearly two weeks of spectacular views and interesting places.

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

I have crossed another long-time TODO project off my list. From the earliest days of learning to play guitar, I knew I wanted to make one. It took me a long time to get started because I wasn't sure what style I wanted. Instead of cloning of a common model, I decided instead to consider each piece and plan my own design. This quickly led to far more choices and choice-dependencies than I could handle. But this summer, with a little nudge from a friend who also wanted to build a guitar, I took the dive.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

We are, we are, we are, we are, we are a quaranteam.
We can, we can, we can, we can avoid Covid 19.
Stay home, stay home, stay home all day, except for nearby walks.
We use Skype and Facetime for all our daily talks.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

By a half-planned chain of events, I've spent the last six weeks of COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place over 2000 miles from my woodworking tools. Instead of diving right into a new construction after my dresser, I cleaned and then packed my shop, in preparation for a move. While our belongings have made their way across the country, we have stayed behind to "quaranteam" with a friend-couple, their young son, and their dogs.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

I've pushed off writing about progress in the past few weeks, for the practical reason of spending that time in the shop, and for the vain reason of keeping secrets before a big reveal. Last night it became possible to dispense with both reasons at once.

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Friday, March 6, 2020

In a decade where it was hard to escape news about how fast technology was advancing, I experienced stability. Wherever I went I carried a laptop. Emacs was always open on that laptop.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

It turns out that there’s a reason everyone recommends building a crosscut sled for your table saw: they really are very nice. I spent the past several days making a few, and it made building my drawer boxes a breeze.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

The feet were the start of the avalanche. It was time to make the rest of this project three-dimensional. Six pieces would be glued to each other, and two would float in captured grooves.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

While I could leave the case of this dresser flat on the ground, elevating it slightly has some advantages, like being able to pull out the bottom drawer without it running into my foot. How it is elevated offers different tradeoffs. If elevated with a skirt that spans the front, then dust gets hidden away, and the base gains some rigidity. If elevated with feet, a small additional storage space is gained.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Before glueing the outer case together, I had a few things to prepare. I wanted the back of the dresser to be closed with a panel in a routed groove. I needed internal structure separating the drawers from the cabinet. And, I had a few things in mind for the internals of the cabinet.

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