I thought I would give everyone a quick update about what has been going on with MapleGroveWoodworks.com. As you can see, I have been making some “look and feel” changes to the website over the last few days. I am not done yet, but it is coming around. Even after I finish my “to do” list, I am sure I will always be tweaking it in some way. I am just that way when it comes to websites, I guess.
Besides all of the visual changes, you’ll notice an open space in the upper right (more…)
All right. I know it has been a while. Ok, a very long while. I have been busy with all kinds of stuff that has nothing to do with woodworking. So, I apologize to those of you who have been following this blog and expecting something new. (more…)
I actually managed to accomplish a few things this weekend in the shop. The temperature outside was around 30 degrees Fahrenheit so I was able to get the shop up to about 60 degrees. I cleaned up most of the shop except for the lathe area and the lumber storage area. I don’t know if I will ever get the lumber area organized to my satisfaction unless I start burning some of my scraps.
I even did a little woodworking. Just a little. I made a couple more clamp racks and attached them to the wall. Many of my clamps have been laying on bench tops or just clamped to the sides of a bench, so the additional racks will really help in staying organized. I did not get back to the mission style lamps that I wanted to work on, but hopefully I will soon.
A lot of people tend to be seasonal woodworkers, especially for the hobbyist. Many people head to the shop in the fall and don’t come out until it is time for the summertime fun to begin. I generally tend to be a little different than the rest of the crowd. I like to head out to the shop in the early spring, when the weather starts to warm up a bit, and then I will be out there until late fall, or early winter, when the weather gets too cold to work comfortably. (more…)
Sometimes the best workmanship that a woodworker does is never seen on the final project. It sits in a corner of the workshop and collects dust until it is time to make another of the same project. I am, of course, talking about templates. In these cases, the final project is not much more than a copy of the template. The amount of care and time that a woodworker puts into creating a template will certainly show through in the final product, but if a template is done correctly, it will save you time and make your project look very impressive. (more…)