Friday, August 30, 2013

Marblewood Knife Strip

Marblewood, meet knives
You know the drill by now. Sell a knife strip, give that person a blog post. A friend of mine asked for a marblewood knife strip for his brother, so voila: One marblewood knife strip.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Cypress Knife Strip 2.75 - Long Edition

Looking... sharp...

Someone in Florida contacted me recently asking if I could make her a knife strip from cypress. I said sure, but I don't have any cypress. She mailed me a board (it's more common down there than it is up here), and I made a knife strip for her.

A lot about knife strips have been written here, here, here, here, and here. (I need a tattoo that says "oxford commas for life).

Read on:

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Not a hill, nor a gang.
Cypress conjures mental pictures of Louisiana bayous, swamp forests, the genteel south, maybe a little Interview With a Vampire. Cypress trees, which grow large and commonly in the American South, are a source of good lumber for a variety of uses.

More info after the jump...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Green Bay Packers Bags Set

Because in Wisconsin we do tailgating right, that means we need bag sets that are up to snuff.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Plywood Blades

So many teeth, sharks are jealous
Saw blades, unsurprisingly, are cool. Also, there are hundreds of different kinds of them. One that's particularly useful is a plywood blade.

Long post on saw blade alert...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Update: Board Feet

Since I randomly talk about general woodworking things, I figured I'd explain what a board foot is. It's a term that is particularly important when buying lumber, designing projects, and pricing jobs.

When buying lumber, typically, you pay for it by the board foot. There are exceptions to this, which I'll list eventually, but most lumber is sold by the board foot.

Explanation after the jump.

Updated with wisdom from my dad.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Maple and Walnut Bamboo Skewer Knife Block 1.0

Now I just need a real katana
The thing about magnetic knife strips is that there are plenty of reasons why you wouldn't want one in their kitchen. You might have kids and not want the blades exposed. You might have overhead cabinets that make the strip impractical to hang on a wall, or maybe a ceramic backsplash that you don't want to drill through to mount the strip.

With that in mind, I figured I'd make a variant on a traditional knife block. Instead of the traditional cut out slots for your knives, I put together a more versatile take on a knife block that uses bamboo skewers to hold the knives.

Oh, I suppose you want to actually see it. I guess you'll just have to read on...

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Cutting Board 2.0

Yes those jalapenos were grown in the garden,
Congratulations Jessica and Tom, to many many happy years!

Since it's kinda my thing, I gave them a cutting board for their wedding. Details after the jump...