For a while I’ve been wanting to do a project that used black iron pipe for the main structure. Kind of a Lego’ish appeal for grown ups, if such a thing is possible. It’s strong and not hard to work with as long as you can stick to the stock lengths (you can cut it […]Read more "Building With Iron Pipe"
I read a lot and one of the topics I enjoy reading about is woodworking. Recently I’ve been on a de-clutter kick and part of that is a trimming down a big stack of wood working magazines. I sent some to a friend, and was thinking to drop the rest at the used book store […]Read more "Giving Away Woodworking Magazines"
It’s good to remember that the ideas and challenges of mastering a craft – any craft – have been around a while. No, the world of IT doesn’t match exactly to building woodworking or cooking or anything else, but the path to mastery is really close to the same. It takes time, but not just […]Read more "Sometimes Cheaper Makes Sense / Mastering the Basics Always Does"
I was reading about the American Association of Woodturners annual symposium that will be held in Tampa this year (and yes, I plan to attend) and ran across this document that describes their process for picking a site each year. It’s not an equation, but here is the opening section that drives it: “The Board […]Read more "Picking a Conference Venue"
I’ve been reading about wooden hand planes lately (as opposed to hand planes made of metal that plane wood) and decided to just do a quick experiment to see what I thought. I started with a square piece of rosewood about 2” thick, ripped a piece 2.5” wide, then ripped 1/4” slab from each side. […]Read more "First Try at a Wooden Hand Plane"
If you’re interested in woodworking, read on! I’ve been thinking of making a hand plane out of wood and was doing some reading, ran across a post titled Setting a Cap Iron recently and by itself it was interesting, but much more so when you look at the video below. A cap iron – also […]Read more "Ever Want to See How a Hand Plane Works?"
Not everyone uses IE and that’s ok, but what’s strange is that by default if you point Firefox at a Reporting Services report the display gets chopped to about 200 pixels. The fix, documented on this post by Jon Galloway, is to modify the CSS to force the height (and width if you choose) to […]Read more "Firefox and Reporting Services"