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!

A Quick Update...

On the Road Again....

Well, Mission 1 is accomplished. I said I’d post again by Friday and Friday it is! In addition to posting to the blog, go ahead and checkout the Podcast Feed and you’ll find something extra in there as well. As I’ve threatened, we’ve begun to drop some “shorts” into the feed. These shorts will not affect the release of our main podcast, but do give us an opportunity to give you a little more background, or a little more information, or something I found humorous, or whatever. These shorts will not be at as high a production value as our regular shows and if you find that they aren’t to your tastes, feel free to delete them. You won’t be missing critical information. If you like these (or hate them), don’t forget to let me know. It will affect what we release in the future (or more importantly - what we don’t release)... ;[)


Mission 2 - I have now set up the iWoodWork Blog with a valid RSS feed - meaning you can subscribe to it if you are so inclined - click on the “RSS feed” button on the right and bookmark page that loads. We’ll be stepping up the frequency of the posts here pretty soon - which brings me to the title of my post tonight....


Tomorrow I hit the road northwards and end up in territory with (shudder) No Internet Connection...for at least a week. We’ll see about posting from my phone (but I wouldn’t hold my breath). I’ll definitely check into the blog when I return and have big plans for it in the second half of April. We’ll be adding the ability to accept your comments and questions and we’ll see where that lead us. I’m looking forward to it. Anyway, I’m just starting to get more comfortable with the idea of plunking down and posting, so I’ll see what nuggets I can come up with while I travel...

Finally, for those of you who are wondering what’s going on in the shop...

This was a week of planning and preparation. Since I’m going to be gone I ran out and got a few boards (OK, $500 worth of 8/4 Walnut) which are acclimating to the decreased humidity in the shop as we speak. Since I won’t be tripping over them next week, I also didn’t have to wrestle them onto my lumber stacks (Yes!). They are currently distributed around the shop where ever they would fit. Planning several furniture projects (mostly at the CAD stage) and thinking it’s really time to do a book shelf or two to fit my new woodworking books - an always increasing quantity. Finally, I was looking over my upcoming projects for some podcast topics and I think I found several. It comes to mind that it’s about time we talked about joinery!

Well, how that for a cliff hanger?

See you all when I return in a week or so...