I have two big announcements this week. Neither are directly related to workbenches, but they are both solid woodworking topics! The first is that I finally decided to attend the Woodworking In America Conference held on September 16-18 in Cincinnati, Ohio. This will be the first time I have attended and I am really looking forward to it! Please let me know if you will be there because I would love to have the chance to meet you.
The second big announcement is that I have been invited to be a contributing editor for the Woodworker’s Guild of America! This has been in the works for several months but I have resisted saying anything about it until now. So far, I have produced one video and an accompanying article. They have not released my video yet, so I don’t want to say anything more about it right now. I will let you know more when they release it.
The saga of my broken Ridgid Sander is over. I was ready to hit it with a hammer and throw it in the garbage! It had quit working and it wasn’t a bad cord or a loose connection. The brushes looked good, too. I went on the Home Depot website and all it said was that their power tools came with a 3 year warranty. I received many comments on my YouTube channel saying that Ridgid tools have a lifetime warranty. Obviously, I was skeptical because of what I saw on the HD website. Well! As it turns out, they do have a lifetime warranty IF you send in the registration form, something I almost never do. However, THIS was the exception. Long story short, they fixed my sander for free!
Summers in Minnesota are beautiful! They are also very brief. Consequently, I have been spending a lot of my time bike riding. This next weekend I am going on an overnight bike ride with a group of friends. It is 60 miles each day and I am a little worried about that! The longest trip I have taken this year was 37 miles and I was really tired after that. It will be a fun trip regardless and I will let you know how it turns out.
My friend Jeff Hand send me photos of a Z shaped end table that he made.
Jeff made this from a single walnut slab. He joined the pieces together with large angled dovetails.
He used custom made angled clamping cauls to put it all together.
I want to let you know about a really crazy YouTube video by Peter Brown. Peter comes up with some pretty crazy ideas, but this one was really off the chart. He turned a small piece of wood on his lathe, but he did it using only a strobe light.
This is NUTS! (But fun to watch)