If you want to learn how to do something, we have the internet. Are you looking for
a new cookie receipt or how to fix that broken thing ? Or maybe it's
how to build that project you're excited to undertake, the internet is the go to vault of
Recently I was asked who I watch or follow in the woodworking / maker community,
and while I understand the question and the curiosity behind it I also think it creates
a king of the hill effect. You are basically stating that this person
is better then all, and I have always found this to be bothersome when I see articles or videos
about the top ten woodworkers or the best makers to watch or follow.
My honest answer to this question is I enjoy everyone,
and watch or follow as many people as I can. Especially in social media platforms like
YouTube where it has grown to be a huge melting pot of creation and ideas. If you
want to understand this just look up how to make a coffee table, there are literally
hundreds of videos with all different levels of craftsmanship and creativity and just when
you think it's over a new video comes out with an even greater idea. For me personally
I enjoy all video creators and content producers. I think it's the appreciation for the effort they
put in it, but also the creativity and craftsmanship they share with all of us that makes me appreciate
and enjoy everyone that contributes to this community.
With the holiday season upon us we find ourselves seeing all kinds of sales,
and for a woodworker we look forward to this time of the year. A chance to stock up on
things, or maybe it's that new tool purchase we just can't pass up on because the deal is too good.
It's easy to know what you do or do not want, and we always know the make, model and even
the color of it if there's ever the option for that. But if you're not a woodworker it can be a challenge
to buy a gift for someone who is, and in searching the internet for ideas
there plenty to be had. From the ever famous top ten must have tools, to the always insightful
what the pro use. But the reality of these lists is that while they may have good intent,
no two people work the same way so a good tool for one person might be the worst for another.
But shopping for a woodworker can be easy, because there are a couple of
things we all need that are inexpensive and we're always happy to get. The first one that come to
mind is glue, stop by your local box store and grab a bottle of Tite Bond. Get the blue bottle,
and trust me it will get used. Another great option is acid brushes. You can buy
these in bulk from places like amazon for just a few dollars, and they work great for spreading glue with.
For my final pick I'll have to go with sandpaper. You can buy this in multiple sheet packs, and if you get
two twenty grit you have a paper they will certainly use. Now these may seem like really cheap gift ideas, and you might be right in the sense of the cost. But the truth is if you
feel this way about giving any one of these as gift to a woodworker, then give them all three and you be giving them quite possible their most useful gift this year.
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