Too busy woodworking to woodwork…

Typo? Nope.  That’s right, I was too busy this week woodworking and so didn’t have enough time to…. do woodworking.  I landed a job with a local furniture maker, which is super exciting and great for me to learn and get paid to do it, but at the same time, it means my projects (which are for once paying projects) aren’t getting done.


Basically I feel like Luke Skywalker, I’ve learnt a bunch at Rosewood (ie. Yoda), and now I see an opportunity to use my skills to do projects that people need (ie. saving my friends from the bounty hunters), but I have taken this job to learn more (kind like when Luke returns to Yoda, except my teacher isn’t dying… nor does he have big green ears and talk funny, well maybe a little).


I’ve been working on my projects after my daughters bedtime, which means only a couple of hours a day at best, and after spending 9 hours building cabinets and drawers, I don’t feel like I’m really awake enough to do anything to precise, or with power tools.  Speaking of power tools, one exciting incident this week with a panel saw, thankfully I still have all my fingers, and due to my short stature, the piece of wood hit me in the stomach instead of the family jewels…


Anyhoo, all this is basically a big fat excuse why I didn’t post the projects that I promised to post last week.  Next week isn’t looking much better, but we’ll see what we can get accomplished.  It’s a good problem to have, more orders than time to do them, but at the rate I’m finishing them, it might be Christmas before I catch up…


Man Made DIY

Had to post today about my new favourite blog called Man Made DIY. It’s sub-heading “Creativity and the Handmade Life for the Modern Male” could not appeal to me more!  It’s a great and unique blog that not only has some great DIY projects, but also has some excellent links and general info.  Tons of cool stuff here, including:

  • 5 ways to open a bottle without a corkscrew (one involves a hammer, not what you think though)
  • how to make a crossbow out of office supplies
  • 23 pinhole cameras to make at home

I also love the Haiku’s on Wednesday, the “Man Made Top 10” which has featured wood working tools, bar tools, etc., and of course the frequent Star Wars and Lego references.

Finally, the author of the website has recently come out with a book – Make it: Second Hand Chic. Look for a review of it in the coming months on this blog.