Woodworking and the Dunning-Kruger Effect

Originally I had planned this blog post to be about the Dunning-Kruger effect and how it manifests itself in woodworking forums and woodworking conversations in general. (Before you continue reading, check out the above link for a quick ...
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Glass Panel Contest – Win a Trip to Italy

Want to take a paid trip for two to Italy? All you need to do is win the Woodcraft and Freud Creative Glass Panel Contest. The contest entry must be a customized glass panel rail & stile project ...
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Growing as an Amateur Woodworker: The Comfort Zone

Chapter 1: Stepping out of the “Comfort Zone” Are you stuck in a rut? Do you build the same thing over and over again, using the same joinery techniques, afraid to venture into uncharted territory? Are you resting ...
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Happy Veterans Day

A quick note to wish everyone a Happy Veterans Day. A big Thank You to all the men and women who served, and continue to serve, in our armed forces. If you missed the latest episode of Rough ...
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Tommy Visits Woodcraft Store Opening

While in Ohio for the WIA, Tommy found time to check out the grand opening of a new Woodcraft store in Cincinnati. Surrounding him are store staff members. That funny wood carving on his left leg is a ...
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Shop Safety Question: Why Worry About Oily Rags?

One of the Forum users emailed me this short narrative and asked to put it up in the blog. This is pretty much everyone's worst nightmare. A cautionary tale that all should take the time to read: This ...
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The Dragon of Good Luck

Tommy watches as a dragon, symbolizing good luck, opens the 2010 Woodcraft show in Hawaii ...
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Chair Building Skill Challenge

Tommy visits the Woodcraft store in Hawaii where one of their events is a chair building competition.  Take a look as Tommy inspects the work and talks with the organizer ...
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Revisiting a Classic

There's a restaurant I like to frequent with a large, framed poster in the bathroom that is strategically positioned to allow a visitor a solid minute to take in its contents. I always linger when I'm in there, ...
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Tommy in Hawaii!

Tommy, the jet-setter, makes his way to Honolulu, Hawaii for a local Woodcraft show.  Have a look! ...
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A Frightening Woodworker Parody

Want a good Halloween scare? Check out Steve (of Woodworking for Mere Mortals fame) Ramsey's "Celebrity Woodworkers' Halloween Episodes" video below. Steve "does" Norm and Tommy (not a bad job on the accent) as well as a couple ...
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The Powers of Ten: A Reflection

On Sunday we observed an extraordinary date that called to mind the Powers of Ten. It was the 10th day in the 10th month in the year 2010: 10-10-10.  That’s a lot of Tens. Charles and Ray Eames--20th ...
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Tommy Takes to the Air

It was a busy day for Tommy, with two radio interviews coming on the heels of a long weekend trip to hang with the folks of Woodcraft at their booth in the WIA convention. WZLX's Karlson & Makenzie ...
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Tommy Meets Youngest Woodworker In America?

At the recent Woodworking In America show, Tommy and the folks at the Woodcraft booth were paid a special visit by woodworkers Sophia Barry and her father Ed. What made the visit so special was the fact that ...
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