Woodworking is not a difficult endeavor. It’s not, really. It is woodworkers that make it difficult. Over-thinking and sweating the small stuff causes us to pause, or even stop. It’s better to get out in the shop and make something – anything – happen.
Just recently, in a comment posted to my personal blog site, a fellow woodworker wrote, “Your practicality is one of your greatest assets. Thanks for helping those of us that need the “keep it simple stupid” method.”
Keep it simple stupid. I love that phrase. I live that phrase. There are easy, simple ways to get projects built. That is my woodworking philosophy. That is also the premise behind a gathering of DVDs, books and articles in what the company calls “The Best of Glen Huey.” Below are a few highlights from the collection. (Click here for the complete listing.)
One of my favorite articles from the pages of Popular Woodworking Magazine (PWM) is the Pennsylvania Spice Box. This project was accepted for publication in the magazine only after I proved to the editors that I could present the box – and the heavily-inlaid door – in a way that readers could not only follow, but actually build in their own shops. I don’t think there is any doubt that I did just that. Place a call to Horton Brasses and ask them to ship you the hardware for Glen Huey’s Spice Box. You don’t have to give them the list because they know it – they have pulled and sent the order so many times.
I have authored three books about building furniture – all three are out of print. Those books contain some of my best pieces, but you do not need to search for the three. A few years back, my favs were gathered into one book. That book is “Building 18th Century American Furniture.” It’s included in the “Best of Glen Huey Collection.”
You also get a copy of “Furniture in the Southern Style” which is chocked full of great pieces from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA). I have already built a few pieces from the book and have a couple more projects from MESDA planned for upcoming issues of PWM. The pieces selected for the book have simple lines and are fun to build and great to learn from whether you’re just getting started in woodworking, or a polished veteran of making saw dust.
Two DVDs are included in the collection as well. “Router Joinery & Techniques” gives you many of the power-tool joinery methods I use day in and day out as I woodwork, and my DVD on dovetails has helped some woodworkers move from “pumpkin teeth” into impressive dovetails.
There are additional articles included in the collection. What’s not included? A whole fistful of money it takes to purchase these pieces separately. If you bought each of these items individually, your total out of pocket would be $116.91. As a package it costs just less than $50. You save 58 percent. That’s a good deal. (And if you clear this off our shelves, I get more time in the shop.) Just kidding.