Category Archives: Woodworking

Work in Progress: Cutting Boards – Simply Beautiful

This post is written by Stephen Parsons.

One of our newer initiatives is a series of cutting boards which has turned out to be more inspiring and fun than I had imagined. I introduced one of them in an earlier post, “Something Whimsical“. We are about to construct a number of boards – with an intent to have a supply for the Spring markets and the anticipation of BBQ season. Continue reading Work in Progress: Cutting Boards – Simply Beautiful

Something Whimsical

Today’s post is written by Stephen Parsons.

People who are new to woodworking and those who view it from the perspective of an external observer may think of woodworking as being somewhat an homogeneous field of work. But there are many styles and perspectives of woodworking; what appeals to one woodworker may not particularly appeal to another. Continue reading Something Whimsical

Tech Tuesday: Technology – Tool, or Toy?

Today’s post is written by Stephen Parsons.

During the Holidays, the subject of acquiring a laser cutting/ engraving system came up several times and it has me thinking about technology usage in artisan work. As a woodworker, I work wood. But to make wood into something functional or creative or artistic, I need tools to help with that conversion. Continue reading Tech Tuesday: Technology – Tool, or Toy?

The Joy of Jigs, Part IV

This article is written by Stephen Parsons.

Carrying on with a tour through my favorite jigs, I’d like to introduce one that is not fully built from scratch by me (unlike the box joint jig and table saw sled which I wrote about previously).  My tenoning jig uses a combination of shop cut MDF panels, pre-built panels and miter guides from Incra Tools. Continue reading The Joy of Jigs, Part IV

The Joy of Jigs, Part III

In the last post in this series on jigs, I described my favorite jig – the screw advance box joint jig based on Mathias Wandel’s woodgears.ca plan – my favorite to use, but not the one I use most often. Most woodworkers would agree that THE fundamental jig for the table saw is the crosscut sled. There are many versions and sizes of cross-cut sleds and many woodworkers have several sleds for differing purposes. Continue reading The Joy of Jigs, Part III

The Joy of Jigs, Part II

This article is written by Stephen Parsons.

In part I of this series I explained why jigs are so important to me as a woodworker. In this article I’d like to introduce you to  my favourite jig, and if you’ve been paying attention to any of my recent posts, you’ll probably be able to guess that it is my box joint jig. It is by far the most complex piece of work I have done- not only in home-built tools but in any construction. Continue reading The Joy of Jigs, Part II

The Joy of Jigs: Part I

Today’s post is written by Stephen Parsons.

Getting back to woodworking after a long absence has resulted in a lot of satisfaction, many new challenges, and lots of learning. In fact I would say that the greatest satisfaction comes when I learn something new as the result of being challenged to produce something complex or difficult.  This is never more clear or the result more satisfying than when I have had to design and build a “jig” – a helper tool that complements other standard machines and tools in my workshop. Continue reading The Joy of Jigs: Part I