I speak with Marshall Thompson about woodworking with kids, Shop Night with friends, the purpose and perils of academic research, and his contributions towards finding a cure for cancer.
The thing I spend more of my time making than anything else is the company I work for. In this episode, I talk with James Avery, founder and CEO of that company, Kevel, about building a company, leadership, letting go, and a variety of other things.
My thirteen-year-old and I have continued to go into the shop for “Home Eng” (read more here) even after school has ended for her and we’ve shifted into summer mode. I have been trying to focus on shorter projects, since those seem to hold her attention a bit better. I do want to take onContinue reading “Home Eng Project #5 – Trick”
Lately I’ve taken to using my CNC router in sort of a weird way. I use the stepper motors to lock down the router in two dimensions (typically X and Z), but I leave Y floating. This allows me to move the router in a straight line by hand, which both frees me from havingContinue reading “Video: Hybrid CNC Routing”
My younger daughter is in middle school. Before things got totally locked down, she had chosen to take “engineering” as one of her second-semester electives. (We would have called this “shop class” back when I was her age.) She’s a sharp kid, though, and once it was obvious she was going to be remote, sheContinue reading “Home Eng”
I talk with my coworker and close friend Tim Ewald about woodworking, hand tools, the fact that tools change the way you think about problems, and our changing approaches to problem solving in design and making.
A new video is up! I show my favorite way to cut plywood – with a track saw.
New video out! This was the one I intended to be the first for the new channel, but editing took a while so I decided to post the melting aluminum video first instead. Nothing too special here, just a look around my very, very crowded shop. But It’s one of my favorite places in theContinue reading “Video: Shop Tour”
I get asked from time to time how to get started with woodworking. Specifically, how to get started in woodworking if you want to work like me: with a decreased utilization of power tools. Read this post for more information on what this means and how I came to it. For a few suggestions, readContinue reading “Getting Started with Woodworking”
Short post, but I just had to link to this piece by Rob Pocaro over at Heartwood. It a quick read, but in short, the other good reason to have a sharp blade is accuracy. Accuracy in woodworking is often the source of amusing comments by the machinists I follow, but it remains the caseContinue reading “Now You Have Two Reasons”