Profile of a Woodworker
by Doug Hall
We had the pleasure of meeting Iain Tyndal when he visited our store to redeem the Gift Certificate he won in the Highland Hardware Screwdriver Turning Contest.
A warm and affable fellow, we found him charming and easy to talk to. After visiting with him a while and admiring the unique Japanese tools he brought to share with us, we asked him if he would be amenable to an interview for our newsletter. He graciously agreed, and returned to our store the following week to chat with Doug Hall.
Read Doug's interview with Iain
View a slideshow of Iain's work
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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Woodworking But Were Afraid to Ask
Quite often we receive questions from customers prefaced by "Please don't tell anyone I asked you this, but..." or "I'm embarrassed to admit I don't know this, but..." or "I've been woodworking since high school shop class, but I don't know..."
So this month we've decided to address several of those nagging little questions that you just can't bring yourself to ask your woodworking buddies.
What exactly is a board foot and how do I determine the number of board feet in a piece of wood?
What is the difference between Flat Top, ATB, and Combination tooth saw blades and which kind should I use?
I know what a dovetail joint is, but what is a half-blind or blind dovetail?
What is the "Golden Ratio"? Why is it referred to so much in woodworking and furniture design?
Almost every article I read about sharpening refers to "Scary Sharp"? What the heck does that mean?
How in the world do I coil a bandsaw blade without shredding my fingers or poking my eye out?
More questions AND the answers
Every week we receive hundreds of requests for our woodworking catalog, but rarely are they as memorable as the one we received from Robert Rutkowski. Along with his catalog request, he sent us a photo of a spectacular crane he built. We were so impressed and intrigued that we contacted him for more photos and information. He generously sent us the following article and photos:
Toy Crane for Charity
by Robert Clark Rutkowski
I designed and built the wooden toy crane as part of a program where we constructed wooden toys for the terminally ill children of Doernbecher's Children's Hospital here in Portland, Oregon. It was simply a good use of waste materials from furniture and cabinet manufacturing rather than have it go in a land fill or somewhere else inappropriate.
I saw a wooden toy crane in a publication that was basically constructed from 2x4s and little furniture casters. Having a life-long interest in cranes and heavy machinery, I thought that I could do a little better with something that would look a little more realistic, so this is what I came up with for my first design.
See more photos and learn more about Robert's crane