Author Archives: AdminCherubini

WIA Marketplace

This weekend is the Woodworking America Conference in Ohio. I highly recommend you go. Yes the sessions may be sold out. But having attended the last two, I can tell you there’s a lot going on in the Marketplace that will be worth your while. The people in the marketplace include some of the...

More tools you don't need

In my last blog I wrote about tools you don’t need. The point was that we don’t always get good information on what to buy. Our sources for tool recommendations aren’t always unbiased. We read others’ glowing reviews of tools they recently purchased, or magazines’ reviews of tools. What we don’t see is the...

Tools you don't need

Over the years, I’ve turned to my brother Steve for practical advice on a range of subjects. Older brothers are good that way. Several gems of brotherly advice have included the phrase “nah, you don’t need that…¦..”. Though this is rarely the answer I was seeking, it’s been helpful none-the-less this. One that stands...

Period Woodworkers All

I think it’s very funny that folks reject the notion of ripping by hand saying it’s impractical and instead offer the only slightly less arcane table saw as the “modern” approach. The table saws folks buy today are essentially newly made reproductions of tools from the 1930’s. As such, they aren’t entirely different from...

Thin Plate Saws- More complicated than one may think

I had hoped not to sound negative or snarky in a recent ww forum post about thin plate dovetail saws. The responses I received were mostly excoriating. When the drama regarding my word choice, and whether I should have posted publicly or privately was finished, the subject changed and no one got back to...

Are Table Saws "essential"?

A couple years ago I wrote an article on hand sawing strategies. The punch line was the fastest way to saw by hand is not to saw at all. I still feel this is the best lesson you can learn by switching to only hand saws (for at least a little while). If you...

More on Table Saw Safety

I suspect anyone even tangentially involved in this industry has been through this issue before. My feeling is that this is a complicated issue, which has some fairly significant consequences and implications for the entire ww industry. Finding the truth here isn’t easy. Of course manufacturers don’t want to discuss the safety of their...

Posting Blog Comments

I invite readers to post comments to my blog. There are couple things that I want you to know. 1) There is no free speech on the internet. But I allow criticism on my little corner of the internet. My other PW collegues do the same which I’m very proud of. That isn’t the...

GWOT: Global War on Tablesaws

I just read another post about a fellow who hurt himself on his table saw. I think it takes guts to report an injury like this on a wood working forum and I applaud all who do. Unfortunately, I’ve seen several such posts and I don’t read the “Normal” forums. I make all sorts...