Back Home Again...

Well, I’m back home from my journey’s northwards. My family and I enjoyed a week together with lots of walks, talks, and some really great meals (can anybody say “More swedish pancakes and meatballs, please). I’ve had time to get my head around what’s coming over the next 3 months, both for the podcast and the shop schedule. So here are some of the things that will be happening in the near future...

Be looking for Part 2 of the Intro to the Lathe series by the middle of next week. I’ll be talking about our second lathe tool - the Skew Chisel. For those of you who are wishing we’d picked a topic that didn’t include an expensive “specialty tool” like a $1000+ lathe, we’ll soon be discussing the “poor man’s” option for turning (the MIDI lathe) in an upcoming “short” podcast. This lathe - which behaves almost exactly like the larger lathe we used in the podcast - is available for as little as $250 - $300 and provides a great results for a minimal outlay.

The crew will be back soon to shoot the next podcast. I mentioned in the last blog posting that we need to be thinking about joinery soon and that’s exactly what we are going to do. The first joint we’ll look at on the iWoodWork podcast is the classic Mortise and Tenon joint. We’ll be looking at several ways to cut the joint. In fact, this too will actually comprise 2 or even 3 episodes. This time, however, we’ll try to mix some other topics in-between the different M&T episodes. Try to have a number of different topics going on at the some time. After all, I want to give some impression of the chaos that makes up a standard week in the shop....Winking

In the shop, I’m going to be building a set of exterior entry doors in walnut. That should also give us an opportunity to talk about one of the most versatile tools in the shop - the router table. I’m also in the planning stages on a couple of projects - a massive bookshelf project for my own home is called for (our books have been packed for the last 6 years - since moving to our home in the country and beginning the Couden WoodWorks), I’m also building some Queen Anne style dining chairs and preparing for an upcoming woodworking class (more about that later).

Like always, it’s going to be a pretty busy couple of months. Good thing I took a lot of naps up north!