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A Pair of 'Casters

Scratch Built Electric Guitars Project

I've not had a lot of time for woodworking for the last few years, at least until just recently, thanks to the economy...  Now that I do, I found that the thrill of it had gotten a bit tarnished.  It all seemed a bit mundane to me - nothing seemed like much fun - so the tools languished while I pondered what I could do to re-inspire myself. 

In the meantime, I turned to another hobby of mine, guitars (and playing them - I'm not that good, but it's something I enjoy).  For most of the last 20 years I've played an acoustic guitar - the guitar-world's version of a hand tool.  Even that seemed a bit stale to me, and it was obvious I needed to shake things up a bit.

Last summer, my wonderful wife gave me an anniversary present of a Gretsch 5120 ElectroMatic and a Vox VT30.  My old Fender (a 1996 50th Anniversary MIM Tex Mex - the forerunner of the Jimmie Vaughan signature guitar) also benefitted from replacing that old scratchy junk amp I had before, and I found that each one was now speaking to me like never before.  They've both been calling me for a while now - so, it's time to go electric, I reckon. 

Practicing Dovetails


Unless you are some sort of savant, the only way you can get good at doing anything is to practice.  Once you have practiced just about anything enough, you will get pretty good at it...  You might not ever be a Rembrandt, but usually passable. 

Once you have acquired the skill, it doesn't stay with you, you have to maintain it as well.  What does that mean?  Why, more practice, of course.  The more, the better.  But do you ever have one of those days?  You know the kind I'm talking about...

Oil Stone Boxes


 Here's a simple and quick litte project - so simple, I normally might not have bothered posting about it, but since I haven't been posting much lately I thought it might make for a good page or two.

Tom Law's Saws

I just brought his name up in my last post here, and now I see there is more on famed saw-sharpener Tom Law being brought up on the various forums.  It appears he's not doing too well. From a post by Dave Caudill on the WoodCentral Hand Tools Forum:

Steve Cooke, RIP


Christopher Schwarz reports in his blog this morning that Steve Cooke, of Cooke's Sharpening, passed away.  I, like Mr.


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