Testing For Lead

In my pursuit of toolmaking, I don’t want others to come to harm. I use a lot of odd bits and bobs to make things with. Brass and bronze have a special appeal. The problem is that these items can be full of lead. Leaded brass is easy to work and polishes up with ease.


A Wonderful and Free Tool Cabinet Plan!

Taunton Press has been kind enough to give a superb Fine Woodworking cabinet design away!


I think it is great! Inexpensive, pretty, and able to hold a large collection of tools. It has great tool visibility and uses a minimum of hardware to make. Jan Zoltowski has done a brilliant job of refining […]

Hex Bit Sockets and What is possible Now

The first time I used a quick release socket it was a revelation. I had seen the notch set up for them, but not the adapter. For me being able to replace a bit, or use multiple bits, and not have them fall out at the first opportunity was wonderful.

Since then I have sought […]

A Lifestyle Woodworker – Paul Sellers Blog

I rather love the web site, http://paulsellers.com./

The results of Paul Sellers’ sharpening methods are simple and sound, and the results of his philosophy are shiny and sharp. Or maybe the other way around. In any case his advice is worthy of study.

One theme you will see over and over in my blog is […]

A Spherification Rack, A quickly made Fixture from Split Prone Cedar.

Creme De Menthe Caviar on Haagen Dazs Vanilla Ice Creme


Sometimes you need to do molecular gastronomy, and you need to do it now!

Spherification is a rather nifty process where you react juice with sodium alginate in it and a calcium containing fluid to make little juice filled gelatin balls.

While adding […]