Weapons Manufacturing

Monday, April 18, 2016 9:08 AM Comments 0

My wife teaches 10th grade humanities at a classical Christian school, the Ambrose School, which means their focus is on the ancient era, mostly Greece and Rome. The 10th grade has not had any regularly planned field trip as part of the curriculum, so she asked if we could plan some kind of trip out […]

Williams Testimonial

Saturday, April 9, 2016 5:19 AM Comments 0

Jared recently did a job for me which consisted of modifying and refinishing some new fireplace mantels I had purchased on line. I found J. Alexander by searching the web and hit a home run!…He gladly took on this project where others wouldn’t touch it. I couldn’t be happier with the results!…All my instructions and […]

Dunlap Lathe Restoration

Monday, April 4, 2016 1:15 PM Comments 0

Sears Dunlap Lathe Restoration January/February 2016 I have been a long-time lurker over at OWWM.org, a forum dedicated to the love of old woodworking tools, and its sister site, VintageMachinery.org. After my 9-year-old son watched a few woodworking videos with me, he expressed an interest in learning how to turn on a lathe. That was […]

We Almost Broke Our CNC Machine!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 4:07 PM Comments 1

I wish I was joking when I typed out that title, but unfortunately I am not. Here is how my world came crashing down. A few weeks ago, we broke our plywood cutting bit trying to route a piece of cherry on the machine. The wood broke loose and snapped the bit. An $86 mistake, […]

CNC Machine – Arrived & Alive

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 2:42 PM Comments 0

Felder Profit H08 5×10 CNC Machine The CNC arrived from Austria to our shop on January 27th, bright and early. We do not own a forklift, much to the chagrin of my employees, but across the street is an industrial steel plant, and they have been kind enough over the years to unload any machines […]

Eastern Mill Tour – Part 3

Sunday, February 28, 2016 9:44 AM Comments 0

October 2015 Northwest Pennsylvania The Business of Timber and Logging…and Whiskey! In this entry, we are going to look at some of the behind-the-scenes economics that are quietly whirring away in the background before any tree gets cut down or any log gets sliced up. The forests in the NW region of Pennsylvania are almost […]

Eastern Mill Tour – Part 2

Sunday, February 7, 2016 8:29 AM Comments 0

October 2015 Northwestern Pennsylvania The Sawyers and the Forest On the second day we traveled out into the forest, onto a privately owned tract of land where Northwest Hardwoods was harvesting maple, cherry, and ash trees. The timber crew that we observed was a three-man operation, which is a typical size, two of which were […]

Eastern Mill Tour

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 11:08 AM Comments 0

October 2015 Northwestern Pennsylvania In October of this year I was invited to join my lumber supplier, Intermountain Wood Products, on a tour of four lumber mills in the northwest region of Pennsylvania. The mills, owned by Northwest Hardwoods (NH), Industrial Timber & Lumber (ITL), and Matson Lumber, supply much of the red oak, white […]

House Remodel – The Introduction

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 9:24 AM Comments 0

House Remodel – The Introduction 2005-2013 My wife and I just wrapped up a huge house remodel, and being a woodworker and an overall handy couple, we did almost all of the work ourselves. I wanted to blog about different aspects of the design and construction of the house remodel itself and about the dozens […]

Library End Panels

Friday, October 16, 2015 7:57 PM Comments 0

One afternoon in late June of last year, I received a short and somewhat confusing e-mail asking if we could “quote some end panels for bookshelves”. Nothing more, nothing less. I just about deleted the message without responding, grumbling to myself about the poor state of digital communication these days. But, since typing out a […]